Wild Places

Pantanal, Brazil

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In these riverbanks jaguars hunt yacare caimans...
Of course the Amazon river attracts most of the attention but when it comes to watching wildlife in South America, the Pantanal is the best place by far.

The Pantanal (from "pantano" - swamp in Spanish and Portuguese), is a massive 200,000km2 alluvial plain that is flooded every year from October to April. Most of it is in Brazil - although parts are also in adjacent countries.

It has some of the best wildlife in South America, including the very elusive jaguar, but also anaconda, capibara (the world largest rodent), lots of birds, and several tens of thousands of caimans.

Best time to visit: during the winter, or dry season - April to October.