I am going to be traveling to Brazil (Rio) in August. We're planning a side trip to Iguaca to see the falls, but would like to do something else on the way to break up the flight time. We have about 4.5 days to spend, and I was thinking about Pantanel, but I didn't know whether that was worth seeing at that time of year. Has anyone been there in August, or does anyone have any suggestions of what we could do en route to the falls that's more nature-like? Travel agents around here seem to be useless on the subject of South America, so any help is appreciated!
I did a week's trek in the Pantanal in late July, which I imagine would be similar weather. It was still hot enough to wear shorts and we didn't get any rain. There were plenty of animals and the ground was fine... I'd certainly go again at this time of year.
I did a trip about 10 days ago, and the weather was fine, shorts and tshirt, mornings and evenings can get a little chilly though, so you`ll need long trousers and a jumper for that. But wildlife wise this is one of the best times to go, the water level is low, so the animals are easier to spot as they need to be near the water obviously. We saw loads of wildlife, hundreds of birds, otters Caymen, monkeys macaws, armadillos, anteaters and much more besides. We went woth a company called Ecological expeditions, and I`d reccomend them, they`re situated opposite the bus station in Campo Grande, if you book with them for the next day you get a free night in their hostel. You have the option of staying in a lodge or camping. We went for the camping and you can either sleep in a tent or in hammocks under shelter, it`s basic and theres no electricity or hot water there, but thats all part of the fun. Can`t remember the exact price we payed but think it was in the region of $150. Food is good, and we went piranha fishing, horseriding, walking and a boat cruise along a river. Very good value.
Hope that helps