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Backpacker Magazine – November 2013

Best Wildlife Safari: Pantanal, Brazil

by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Spot Ocelots in the Pantanal. (Photo by Tom and Pat Leeson)
Spot Ocelots in the Pantanal. (Photo by Tom and Pat Leeson)

The world’s largest contiguous wetland, the Pantanal, doesn’t get the attention afforded to its gigantic cousin to the north, the Amazon rainforest. But the Pantanal’s wide-open spaces make it a better place to spot the head-spinning variety of species that call this area home. Caiman, giant otters, and anacondas swim the rivers; capybara and ocelots roam the forests; and capuchin monkeys, hyacinch macaws, and ring-tailed coatis haunt the treetops.

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Canoe, hike, and row deep into the Pantanal (home base: lodge or floating hotel) on a multiday trip with Pantanal Nature; pantanalnature.com.br.




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