Declared by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve and a Natural Patrimony of Mankind, the Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland area with an area of approximately 200,000 square kilometers.
Its biodiversity includes over 650 different bird species, 262 fish species, 1,100 butterfly species, 80 species of mammals, 50 reptile species and more than 1,700 species of plants, thus making the Pantanal the place with the largest concentration of fauna of the Americas. Alligators, Capybaras, Brazilian otters, monkeys, blue macaws, macaws, herons, cormorants, ibises, curassows, parakeets, parrots, toucans, and wood ibises are an integrating part of the Pantanal landscape.
Due to its enormous dimension and biodiversity, the Pantanal has very specific characteristics that vary according to regions. Depending on the area, the visitor will find more flooded regions or less flooded regions, endless plains, hills, and mountains, savannas, bays, small non-permanent rivers and huge pasture areas.
This is a privileged region, concentrating all types of landscapes that constitute the Pantanal ecosystem. The natural beauty and the rich biodiversity of this part of the Pantanal are exceptional due to the variety of its landscape formed by hills savannas, lakes and huge flooded areas, some of which temporary and other permanent.
Most impressive about this wonderful scenary is the fact that the preservation of all living species in the Pantanal is directly dependent upon the cycle and rhythm of the rising and falling waters:
During the rainy season of October through April the levels of the rivers and lakes rise and flood the land, transforming the region into a huge interior sea. During this period the animals move to the hills and mountains in search for refuge on dry land. The fish, in contrast, disperse into the forests, feeding from plants and trees, in order to reproduce.
From May to September water is slowly withdrawing and the rivers move back to their usual beds, leaving behind plenty of fish caught in small ponds and swamps of the flooded plains. They attract huge crowds of birds that in turn feed themselves and their new offspring on these fish. Mammals and reptiles migrate in search of water courses, enabling tourists and specialists to study them.
From July to October one can visit the huge “Ninhais” (bird sanctuaries), where thousands of different birds gather - such as wood-storks, spoonbills, herons, and cormorants. These sanctuaries are cherished for their impressive explosion of new life and for the spectacle this life offers to the observer.
The Inn is located close to the famous Siá Mariana and Chacororé bays. With over 15 kilometers of extension, the Chacororé bay is almost double the size of the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro.