Frequently Asked Questions
1. Which is the best season to visit the Pantanal?
There are advantages to come during both seasons, Flood (December to May) and Drought (June to November). During the rainy season, when the lowland forest and lower fields are flooded, many animals, as mammals and reptiles, move to forest islands and scrubland where they become easy to be seen. During the dry season, wildlife wanders along the whole area and can be seen in big quantity, with many birds and other animals stay by the ponds where fish have accumulated during the flood.
2 – Is there need of vaccination before going to Pantanal?
There’s no malaria in the Pantanal. Yellow fever has been eradicated, but one can take the vaccine as prevention. The shot takes effect 10 days after inoculation and lasts for 10 years. Aedes Egypti (dengue and zika vector) and other mosquitoes are present, making necessary the use of repellent. Pants and shirts with long sleeves are appropriate at sunrise and sunset.
3 – Do I need to book in advance?
During the high season (June to October) the demand is greater than the number of apartments in most of the lodges, so the sooner is better. However, with adaptations in the programmed accomodations we are able to attend travelers with notice up to one week before. Call us!
4 - What is included?
The tour package includes lodging, meals, transfer (with AC) in/out, hikes, boat rides, night safaris, horseback rides (when present in the program) and bilingual guide (English/Portuguese). Drinks are not included.
5 - Which hotels are recommended in Cuiaba?
Gran Odara Hotel
Slavieiro Slim (near the airport)
Taina Hotel (near the airport)
6 - How is the food?
The Pantanal’s cuisine is typical and tasty The menu depends on the lodge chosen for the stay. Fish and meat are generally present in the typical dishes, although salads and other options are offered and vegetarian food preferences can be provided with advanced advise from the visitor.
7 – What should I bring?
About clothing, use the light, fast-drying fabrics. Long-sleeved shirts, t-shirts, pants (convertible pants, with zippers, are a great option), hat. Clothes dry quickly at Pantanal, so washing them under the shower is possible. Sunblock FPS50 and insect repellent are a must. Binoculars and camera with good zoom are fundamental to observe wildlife.
8 - What about the lodges?
All accommodations used by Wildlife Pantanal Tours are located along the Transpantaneira Road. We are strict to select lodges with privilleged wildlife hotspots besides other activities, varying from very comfortable, with fully equipped apts, with AC, ceiling fans, porch, pools and WiFi, to others with more basic accommodation. All of them offer rooms with private bathroom with hot water shower. Based in your interests and preferences, we will select the lodging and set up a tour to suit your needs.
For more details and other questions, contact us by email or at Skype and we will be happy to provide answers and contact you as soon as possible.