What to Bring

You can’t buy much in the Pantanal, so come prepared. The dry season is also the cooler season, though it can still get pretty hot. Don't forget the following:

  • Quick-dry, light-colored long-sleeved shirts; leave behind red (it scares animals), yellow (mosquitoes love it) and black clothing (it’s too hot and mosquitoes love it, too)
  • Neutral-colored long pants
  • Sneakers or hiking boots
  • Rain poncho
  • Flip-flops or water sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Fleece or sweater
  • Day pack
  • Mosquito repellent with plenty of DEET
  • Sunscreeen
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Strong flashlight or headlamp
  • Camera with good zoom lens
  • Flask or reusable water bottle

Land Ownership

The Parque Nacional do Pantanal Matogrossense occupies 1350 sq km in the southwest of the region, but most of the Pantanal is privately owned. Cooperation between ecotourism and the landowners in the region (mostly cattle ranchers) has contributed to the sustainable conservation of the environment. By providing ranchers with an income that encourages their coexistence with wildlife, it covers the shortfall created by the seasonal flooding of the area, which would otherwise lead to more intensive (and hence more destructive) ranching efforts. The national park and three smaller private nature reserves nearby were given Unesco World Heritage listing in 2000.