Mato Grosso was once Brazil’s wild west, a land known only to explorers, indigenous hunters, poachers, gold seekers and naturalists. Today, some of Brazil’s most cooperative wildlife and incredible scenery make it a prime destination for ecotourists and anglers.
Though the Amazon has the glamor, it is the Pantanal that shines as Brazil’s top destination for wildlife-viewing and bird-watching. One of the most important and fragile ecosystems on the planet it is home to an impressive concentration of spectacular animals. Cuiabá, Corumbá and Campo Grande are all gateways to this celebrated wetland, but the region’s offerings certainly don’t stop there.
In the far-north town of Alta Floresta, the cerrado (savanna) morphs into the Amazon; the Serra do Bodoquena near Bonito, is a breathtakingly beautiful, watery, wonderland and between the two Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães, boasts some of the most commanding views in Brazil.