Pantanal, the swamp in the heart of South America.
Pantanal is the largest wetlands in the world. It is located in the heart of South America, 80% of the whole area is in Brazil.
Its range is 240.000 square kilometres. Approximatelly the size of Great Britain. It is located in the middle of the continent, in Brazil is the majority of its range 80%. The neighbours, Boliva and Paraguay shares 20% of the swamps.
The capital of the state of Mato Grosso, Cuiaba is the main entrance to the wildlife Paradise. It is a 100 kilometres away from the road Transpantaneira. The dirt road was built in 1977 and is 150 kilometres long. Along the road, farmers turned their houses into lodges to accomodate visitors coming from all over the world.
Wildlife for visitors
Pantanal has become the main attraction in Brazil for wildlife lovers, photographers and Birdwatchers. The ecosystem has a large variety of fauna and flora. Over 600 bird species. Mammals like Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Giant Otter, Capybaras and Jaguar are some of the tourists favorite animals. Also repiteles like Yacare Caiman and the Anacondas can be seen in this great natural wildlife Park.
The main rivers of the Pantanal are the Big Paraguay river and the Cuiaba river. In Porto Jofre by the Cuiaba river, at the end of the Transpantaneira, is located the National Park of Pantanal. This place is known as Jauarland. Jaguars and Giant Otters live wild and free in this area. From june to november, this place is invaded by visitors who wish to see these cats in the wild.
The Swamps of South America are the home for wildlife of many kinds. It is just amazing! A paradise for birdwatchers, nature lovers and naturalistic tourists. The Ecotourism is definitelly the way to preserve it.
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