The Amazon may be more famous but for wildlife viewing the Pantanal is number one. Imagine a series of marshes about the size of a small European country and you begin to understand what the Pantanal is about. Rather than offer a detailed description of the Pantanal the pages below have been assembled to help in planning a trip. I have not spent enough time in the Pantanal to be an expert authority on it and everbody´s needs and tastes are different anyway.
Two quick points: Firstly, to truly appreciate the Pantanal read a few books on Brazilian wildlife before going. Like wine, the more you know the more you will appreciate what you experience. I was lucky in going with a group of university researchers. Staring at tree or bee is very boring until you understand its role in the ecosystem. Even then it may still be a little boring.
Secondly, a good guide makes all the difference. In selecting a tour company ask about the guide. Do they speak some English, German or Spanish? How long have they been working in the Pantanal. The guide is often different from the tour company salesman. Having a guide who can only point and say, ´monkey´ doesn´t give you a better understanding of the Pantanal.