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Pantanal, Brazil
For spotting Brazil's wildlife at its best, there's no better place than the Pantanal. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Pantanal Conservation Area is home to jewel toned parrots, capybaras, graceful jaguars and more.
Jaguarundi
Jaguarundi in Pantanal, Brazil
Pantanal
You probably won't see any crops as you're traveling through the backcountry of the Pantanal, because the  area spends much of the year underwater.  The resident farmers generally raise animals in the dry season, then move elsewhere when it's wet.

Wetlands
Located primarily in the Mato Grosso do Sul state, but also straying into Bolivia and Paraguay,  Brazil's Pantanal is the largest freshwater wetlands on the globe.  It is estimated to cover as much as  75,000 square miles.

Pantanal Fauna
The wet environment of the Pantanal is the ideal home for hundreds of species of  fish, mammals and reptiles, but the birdlife is particularly abundant in the Pantanal, with over 700 known species .

Pantanal Flora
Like the animals, the flowers,plants and trees in this region also thrive and visitors can feast their eyes on over 3000  species of  plants.

When to Visit the Pantanal in Brazil
If you're a bird watcher,  October is the best time to visit the Pantanal, when water levels are at their lowest , making fish easy to find for hungry birds looking for a meal.  From November to April is the rainy season, with widespread flooding, making many roads impassable.  


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