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Pantanal

PantanalDuring the rainy season (October to March), the Rio Paraguai and lesser rivers of the Pantanal inundate much of this low lying region, creating cordilheiras (patches of dry land where animals cluster). The waters rise as much as 3m above low water levels around March in the northern Pantanal and June in the south.

This seasonal flooding has severely limited human occupation of the area but it provides an enormously rich feeding ground for wildlife. The waters teem with fish; birds fly in flocks of thousands and gather in enormous rookeries. Altogether the Pantanal supports 650 bird species and 80 mammal species, including jaguars, ocelots, pumas, maned wolf, deer, anteaters, armadillos, howler and capuchin monkeys and tapirs. The most visible mammal is the capybara, the world's largest rodent, often seen in family groups or even large herds. And you can't miss the alligators, which despite poaching still number somewhere between 10 and 35 million.

Pantanal Hotels

Araras Eco Lodge - Transpantaneira Park Road Pantanal 78138-500 Brazil
A Pousada Do Rio Mutum - Av Isaac Povoas1539, 78045-640, Pantanal, BRAZIL
Pousada das Araras
Fazenda Rio Claro
Pousada Rio Clarinho
Pousada Jaguar Hotel
Hotel Porto Jofre Pantanal
Pousada Passo do Lontra
Hotel Fazenda Xaraes

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