It is crucial to come prepared when visiting the Pantanal, Brazil. This will guarantee a pleasant and stress-free trip. To assist you in your journey, we have listed our Pantanal travel tips for you.
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To reach the Northern Pantanal, you will need to fly through the Marechal Rondon International Airport in Cuiaba. The best option is to transfer via Brasilia, Sao Paulo, or Rio de Janeiro during your international flight before taking a domestic flight to Cuiaba.
From Cuiaba it takes approximately a 1.5-hour drive to the city of Poconé. Poconé serves as your gateway to the wonders of the Pantanal. During your drive to Pantanal, you’ll transition from a paved road to the Transpantaneira dirt road. On your way to Porto Jofre, you’ll cover a distance of 147 kilometers and cross over 122 wooden bridges. Since 2018, the government has started to replace some of these wooden bridges with concrete ones.
Latam, Azul, and GOL are the top airlines you should consider. Opting for GOL will allow you to enjoy mileage benefits thanks to their extensive network of international partners. Rest assured that all airlines operating from Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia offer daily flights to Cuiaba.
It is possible to fly to Porto Jofre directly from Cuiaba, saving time when your final destination is Porto Jofre. The flight time is about 1 hour and you are able to enjoy a scenic view on the Pantanal. At Porto Jofre there are currently two lodges that have an airstrip, Santa Rosa lodge and Hotel Norte.
The dry season starting from June until November is the best time to visit. Due to the high temperatures the wildlife is attracted to the river and waterholes. It makes it much easier to spot the wildlife, hence better photographic opportunities.
June and beginning of July are normally not yet that busy when it comes to tourists compared to August – October. The months of September and October are the driest months and as well the hottest. Temperatures can reach up to 45 Celsius at times.
Most lodges close down for the season from November 10th.
The wet season (November – May) is less good for wildlife viewing, however the Pantanal is very green and most of the land covered by water. Even parts of the Transpantaneira road can be flooded.
The month of August is the time that the Piuva tree blossoms. For around 10-15 days the blossom is intense pink, a beautiful sight!
August is as well the month that the Pantanal is home to many migratory birds as well. For birders the time for spotting species.
When visiting the Pantanal, vaccination requirements are minimal except for Yellow fever which is strongly advised. Additionally, it is recommended to receive vaccinations for Hepatitis A and DTP. If your stay in Brazil exceeds three months, safeguarding yourself against rabies and Hepatitis B becomes crucial.
Prior to your trip, consulting with your doctor is essential as they can offer expert advice on the appropriate vaccinations needed for your travels.
There is no risk of malaria in the Pantanal. This means you will not need to take medication for malaria. You should still talk to your doctor about any medications you may need prior to your trip.
Most hotels in Pantanal offer the option to pay by card. However, we strongly advice to bring some cash with you to pay for drinks, laundry and gratuities, just in case WiFi is not working. Upon arrival in Cuiaba we can support by driving you to a bank to withdrawal cash before we set off to the remote Pantanal area.
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