Transpantaneira Highway
Transpantaneira Highway
4.5
Nature & Wildlife AreasScenic Drives
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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D. Aaronson
Asheville, NC679 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A little unusual to review a road but it is one of the best ways to see the Pantanal, or at least parts of it. The wildlife is amazing, the road is slow going for the most part and slower still when you are stopping to view the animals. We saw hyacinth macaws, toucans, anaconda (on the road), cavy, capybaras and a nearly infinite number of caiman. Make sure you're off the road by nightfall and get gas in Pocone before you head onto the road (especially if you're going all the way to Porto Jofre)
Written August 4, 2023
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Teasdale-Utah
United States177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We saw dozens of animals just driving this road as we went on our safaris. We had a wonderful stay at the Aymara Lodge.
Written April 18, 2021
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Eric
Houston, TX161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A drive along this road with its many, mostly wooden plank, bridges is a real treat for the lover of wildlife. It provides many opportunities to stop and watch whatever is walking down, sunning on or crossing the road. As well as may water crossing and areas where it is possible to see varied birdlife and other creatures. Just take it slow look around and stop often, you will be amazed at what you see.
Written December 13, 2019
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BeechesTW
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This road is nothing like I have experienced before. Asphalt for 100km until Pocone then 135km if dirt track and if your going all the way to Porto Jofre there are 120 little wooden bridges to cross. Plenty of wildlife to lookout for. But quite long and tedious
Written July 17, 2019
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Trevor H
Caloundra, Australia10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Heading into the Pantanal via the highway is quite an experience. The dirt road has more than 50 bridges of varying quality, some rickety timber structures, others concrete. We were on the road driving from the Pocone district to Porto Jofte to go jaguar spotting on the Sao Lourenco River.
It was quite an experience. A 20 metre section of the highway had been washed out the night before and the road was blocked. There were 20 or so local and tourist vehicles waiting for the section of road to be repaired when we arrived. One four-wheel-drive had tried to get across, but had become buried up to its axles in mud. Local farmers came to the rescue (three tractors and three or four tip trucks), working non-stop to repair the road. We crossed on foot and hitched a ride to our destination on the other side, but by the time returned the road had been repaired, the locals still smiling and waving at vehicles as they passed by.
The drama added to a great day (which was helped in no small part by a great day on safari at the river).
The local landowners are considering paying to have the highway paved. For what it's worth, I hope they keep it the way it is.
Written July 13, 2019
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Wuit B
Lunteren, The Netherlands61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Wildlife watching along the transpantaneira highway is rewarding in so many ways. Most importantly ofcourse because of the great diversity of mammals and birds, which is really unique compared to other wetlands in the tropics (and I would also dare to say compared to the 'usual' big game safari destinations in savanna/forest areas around the world).

Although you can enjoy this wildlife destination in many different ways - by guided tour, over water or land - it is also perfectly suitable for self-driving.

We rented an SUV at Cuiabà airport, and drove the c. 2,5 hours to the reserve's entry ourselves. We had booked 4 nights in advance at Pousada Rio Clarinho through booking.com.

Make sure to fuel-up at Pocone, in terms of car fuel but also for any snacks/bread/drinks etc., based on the extent to which you depend on the pousada's breakfast and lunch serving hours..

As usual, we wanted to profit from the peak hours for wildlife viewing as much as possible (5am - 8am and 3pm - 7pm) so skipped breakfast at the pousada and enjoyed our Poconé supplies each morning while scanning for wildlife from the car.

When it became too hot for wildlife to stroll around along the road, each day we visited one of the other pousadas, to enjoy and photograph birds (too many target species to mention..) and/or one of the resident capibara herds, chilling out in the pousadas' gardens.

We saw 5 different Giant ant-eaters, a tapir, dozens of crab-eating foxes, spider-monkeys, capuchins, howlers, marmosets, otters (both species, several individuals), coati's and even an ocelot crossing the road one late afternoon..

We didn't see jaguar along the highway, but our 5 day boating safari tour on the Cuiabà river (with SouthWild), certainly made up for this (where we saw 2-3 jaguars per day on average..).

In any case, what makes this stretch of road so unique, is that it provides excellent wildlife viewing in terms of densities but also visibility; i.e. the open grassland pastures add several hundreds of meters to the field of view, and thus to your chances of spotting anything special.

Having said that, we were glad we had not planned our self-drive 2 weeks later, because when we passed the same stretch of road again during our guided trip mid-October, the rains had already made them (almost?) impossible to pass for a non-4-wheel-drive...
Written November 10, 2018
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bluebay06
La Spezia, Italy2,209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
My wife and I arrived in Pocone driving from Rio de Janeiro and we stayed at Canoas hotel, a simple but very good accommodation offering good breakfast and secure parking. This hotel is just at the end of Pocone where the Transpantaneira begins and it is a perfect and not expensive solution to visit this road and its natural beauties because Pocone is the last and only place where it is possible to have fuel and food. This hotel is managed by kind and helpful people who gave us a few advices on the road and where to found some logistic equipment. Our plan was to go along the 146 km of the road from Pocone to Port Jofre and back watching for animals and to do this for two days, then to spend three days in tent in Port Jofre for jaguar watching and one more day along the Transpantaneira. We started the first trip (let’s say safari) along the road with our 4x4 SUV with full petrol, water and some food. It was September, a very dry and hot season with the temperature that was over 40 degrees Celsius. After a few kilometers from Pocone the asphalt road gave way to an unpaved road in excellent condition, but that became very dusty when we met another vehicle. Luckly there were very few 4x4s running very fast to and from Port Jofre. After a few kilometers you meet the entrance gate which is always open and the guard post nearby has always been deserted. A must for a picture as Transpantaneira traveler. Along the road there are several narrow wood bridges that allow the transit of one car at a time. This is not a problem due to the lack of traffic but you have to be careful because some are not in very good condition and the wooden planks can no longer be nailed. Bridges are also the best points to see animals that are concentrated in the little water left. There are only two concrete bridges at half way and that is the only place where our mobile phones were working. On the sides of the first part of the road there are the fences of very extensive farms then the vegetation becomes more luxuriant and thick while the final part is located in the middle of large swamps. Birds are everywhere but with greater concentration where there is water, a true birdwatching paradise: greater Rhea, vultures, hawks, storks, spoonbills, herons, ibis, cormorant, ducks, kingfishers and many others. In the pools are concentrated hundreds of yacare caimans and common are the capybaras. Capybara is the only mammal easy to see in the area, but proceeding slowly we had the chance to see some red brocket (Mazama Americana), brown brocket (Mazama gouazoubira) and South American koati (Nasua nasua) while in the swamp area some marsh deers (Blastocerus dichotomus) were present. If for birds the daylight is perfect, the sunrise and the sunset were a fantastic opportunity to see mammals. In 4 days we saw several mammal species as ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), Crab eating fox (Cerdocyon thous), Pantanal cat (Leopardus colocola), tapir (Tapirus terrestris), collared pecary (Tayassu pecari), neotropical river otter (Lontra longicaudis), Azara's agouti (Dasyprocta azarae), together with iguana, lizard and a couple of snakes. Even if it was dry season every time we went out of the car for shooting photos the mosquitos were present and aggressive. The safaris along the Transpantaneira were also complementary to our stay in Port Jofre where, in six boast trips, we have seen several jaguars (Panthera onca), giant river otters (Pteroneura brasiliensis) and capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) but no other mammal species at all.
Written March 18, 2018
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tzanoni
Sao Paulo, SP860 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
Dusty road, but you can see a lot of birds, aligators. In the night was possible to spot a jaguatirica. I imagine that, in certain hours, with a bit of lucky, you can even see a jaguar.
Written September 14, 2017
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NatureLover1
Santa Barbara, CA574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
A lot to see on this dusty stretch, birds, mammals, reptiles, LIFE itself, raw and untamed. Magical experience.
Written July 25, 2017
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Catherine P
Brasilia, DF188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I would do it again and again... it's always different... you can see so much wildlife from your car!
This road is like an appetizer to what's waiting for you in the Pantanal.
From Pocone to the Pantanal Mato Grosso hotel (km 66) it's a bumpy gravel road with well maintained bridges.
Then from the hotel to Porto Joffre it's more adventurous and it's better to get a 4x4 car.
Drive slowly... so many animals around... respect and admire them.
Written May 3, 2017
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