Pantanal Birds, Brazil

A Southern Caracara bird, the Pantanal, Brazil, South America

A Southern Caracara photographed by Nori Almeida.

Getting to The Pantanal

Campo Grande (good for southern Pantanal) and Cuiabá (good for the northern sector) are the main entry points. Both towns are accessible by plane or bus from major Brazilian cities on a daily basis.

Bus journey times:

– Rio de Janeiro to Cuiabá 30 hours

– Rio de Janeiro to Campo Grande 22 hours

– Sao Paulo to Campo Grande 16 hours

– Foz do Iguacu to Campo Grande 10 hours

From Campo Grande airport take a taxi to the bus terminal (rodoviaria). From there hop on a bus for a 3 hour ride to Miranda from where you will be collected by most ranches, fazendas (traditional cattle stations) and lodges.

Beware of touts at the bus terminal who are are genetically bred in jungle labs to lie compulsively and convincingly. Better to organise your lodge beforehand via the internet.

Hyacinth Macaws in the Pantanal, Brazil

The Pantanal is home to a large variety of birds including the endangered Hyacinth Macaw as seen here. Another nice shot by Nori Almeida.

A Narrow-billed Woodcreeper in Pantanal, Brazil

A Narrow-billed Woodcreeper captured by Leyo.

A Black-collared Hawk in the Pantanal, Brazil

A Black-collared Hawk, another great photo by Nori Almeida.

A Jaburu stork family nest, Pantanal, Brazil

A Jaburu stork family nest. Photo by Ahmiguel.

A Green Kingfisher, Pantanal, Brazil

A Green Kingfisher shot by Leyo.

Storks gone fishing in the Pantanal, Brazil

Storks gone fishing in the Pantanal. Photo by Ana Raquel S.

A toucan, Pantanal, Brazil

Our favourite bird, the wacky Toucan. Photo by Wannes.

White headed Marsh Tyrant, Pantanal, Brazil

And another terrific bird photo from Leyo, a White headed Marsh Tyrant.

Health

Malaria. The good news is that the Pantanal in the dry season has few mosquitoes and almost no incidence of malaria, unlike the Amazon rainforest. Nevertheless take the usual precautions of longsleeves, long trousers and serious mozzie reppelant containing DEET, but for most travelers anti-malarial medication can be avoided.

Yellow Fever vaccinations are compulsory for all travellers visiting the Pantanal but this mosquito-borne disease is rare.

Dengue Fever threat is similar, being a mosquito-borne problem and thus little chance of it happening in the dry season in the Pantanal, though apparently parts of Mato Grasso do Sul in the south have had Dengue issues.

Bilharzia is present in stagnant waters so avoid bathing in water that is not moving.

Food and drink. Water should not be consumed unless bottled, boiled or sterilised. Milk in rural areas should be boiled. Only eat well-cooked meat, fish and vegetables.