Northern Pantanal

From Cuiaba, capital of Mato Grosso state, the Transpantaneira Highway penetrates through the top third of the Pantanal south to the Cuiaba River border with Mato Grosso do Sul state. Apart from containing all the species for which the Pantanal wetlands are famed, this is the area with the highest chance of seeing jaguar in the whole of South America (jaguar watching tours in the Pantanal were first pioneered by Reef & Rainforest Tours over a decade ago). It also contains the only official nature reserve in the region, the Mato Grosso Pantanal National Park, accessed from the Rio Paraguay and requiring special permission to visit.