The Pantanal changes scenery every season! The region, which is the largest floodplain in the world, is governed by cycles of rain and drought that affecy immensley the landscape. So before you board you need to decide what is the best season for the tours you want and plan your trip in the ideal conditions.
Drought period: from May to September. The dry season is the best time to see Pantanal animals.
The rains cease, the water flooding the plain becomes increasingly scarce giving way to the countryside and is concentrated in small puddles where the mammals go out in search of food and gather to quench thirst. The birds begin the mating season and find themselves in a lush plumage to try to attract a mate. Trees lose their leaves to save water and what used to be a lush, green landscape becomes brown and arid.
It is the best time to see the diversity of the wildlife that exists in this ecological sanctuary, to make photographic safaris, nocturnal focus of animals, ecological walks in search of a closer contact with the nature, walks to contemplate the life in the field and cattle management.
The period also coincides with the flowering of the pink and yellow ipês in mid August, one of the most striking events of the year where the Pantanal plain is colored for a few weeks.
Rainy season: from October to May. During the flood season, the beauty of the waters catches the visitors’ eyes.
When the landscape is extremely dry, then begins the rainy season bringing the water that renews life. The plants, reinvigorated, produce leaves again and everything turns to green. The birds, which have mated during the dry season, take advantage of the season of plenty to feed their young. The lower lands are completely occupied by a mirror of water. Mammals move to higher ground, leaving fields flooded with storks, ducks, alligators and fish looking for food among the multicolored aquatic plants that begin to develop. It is the period that most characterizes the wetland.
Boats can take long and different routes, horseback riding or 4x4 vehicles become more exciting, and even admire on a canoe ride the pantaneiro sunset that in this season becomes even more beautiful thanks to the mirror formed by the water that floods the plain (great for landscape photographs).
Access to inns and hotels in the area is more difficult during this time. Much of the roads are flooded and transport has to be provided by special vehicles and in some places only if you arrive by boat or private plane.
Most of the farms where you can stay to get to know the Pantanal not only offer good infrastructure and tourist service, but also offer ecological awareness and the Pantanal culture. By boat, on horseback and on foot, you will enjoy the flight of the herons, tuiuiús and spoonbills, to see the colors of the macaws and the toucans, to be enchanted with the deer walking of the marsh, capybaras and oriranhas, to hear the sounds of the howler monkeys , to admire the snakes and the alligators and who knows ,possibly see a jaguar.