As mentioned in the video, The Pantanal wetlands weren’t even on my radar until I arrived in Brazil.
Friends at the tourism board suggested I visit the region, so after a little research, I caught a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Campo Grande for a four-day adventure.
Campo Grande is the southern gateway city into the Pantanal, and the meeting point for my peeps at Pantanal Discovery.
After a night in the city, I took a shuttle van about three and a half hours northwest before catching a covered pick-up truck to finish the five-hour journey on dirt roads into the wild Pantanal.
The lodge was simple and clean, with great food and perfect access to the water and Pantanal wildlife.
My timing was a little off in regards to spotting big animals like jaguars, tapirs and anteaters, because I arrived during rainy season, but the abundance of birds I encountered was like nothing I’ve ever seen in the wild.
It was a beautiful and peaceful few days, and I’m so happy to have learned about this unique region of Brazil.
For more on the Pantanal wildlife, read the full story and see all the photos from My Pantanal Experience.