Pantanal, the worlds largest wetland. A 40,000 square mile land-locked basin, much of this area is flooded during the six-months rainy season, its waters giving birth to the mighty Paraguay River emptying into the Atlantic. Also hailed as the most wildlife-rich wetland in the Americas - and arguably the planet - it is home to everything from secretive big cats to a profusion of tropical birds. Capybaras, coatimundis and peccaries share the swamps while armadillos and giant anteaters roam the dry ground. Monkeys and macaws squabble over nutritious palm nuts. Jabiru storks, roseate spoonbills and elegant snail kites quarter the mud pools. Rheas, seriemas and savanna hawks stalk the plains, and dazzling flocks of colourful parrots vie with banana-billed toucans in the treetops. The Pantanal, quite simply, is a riot of wild sights and sounds that overwhelm the senses day and night.Text by Tui De Roy.