The Pantanal is the largest floodplain freshwater in the world with a floodable area over 200,000 km2, comparable on surface with countries like Great Britain.
Although the Pantanal also extends into Bolivia and Paraguay, more than 70% of it is in Brazil, of which 2/3 in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
The ecosystem of the Pantanal is outstanding for its extraordinary biodiversity and for the ease of observation of all its wildlife thanks to the absence of dense forests and the consequent good visibility that we have on its terrain.
The Pantanal was declared World Natural Heritage and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and on the border between the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul the Brazilian government created the Pantanal National Park. The park is a protected nature reserve and its locality is of great importance for the reproduction of fish stocks, which form the basis of the feeding of much of the local fauna. Besides the National Park, the Pantanal still has several natural reserves of a private nature.
Although the Pantanal is well known among most of the Brazilian population, outside our country it has always lived in the shadow of the Amazon Forest as an ecotourism destination. Whoever has visited the two regions, it is easy to conclude that for the observation of wildlife the Pantanal is truly unique!