Brazil

The Pantanal is the biggest inundated plain in the world. Located in the center of Latin America it reaches three countries, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. The biggest part belongs to Brazil, and has 140.000 km2, divided in two states Mato Grosso and South Mato Grosso. Traditionally the Pantanal (wetlands) has been divided in 10 sub regions, according to characteristics of landscape or historical facts: Cáceres, Poconé, Barão de Melgaço, Paiaguás, Paraguay, Nhecolândia, Abobral, Aquidauana, Miranda and Nabileque. The dry and wet seasons are a remarkable characteristic of this ecosystem and decide the rhythm of the incredible wild life sheltered in its ecosystem. There are 3,500 species of plants, 124 species of mammals, 177 of reptiles, 41 of amphibious and at least 423 species of birds. Pantanal has been considered a big natural terrarium because of its countless populations of animals and plants coming from the Cerrado with some Amazonian influences. It’s a refuge for threatened species of extinction like the painted jaguar, the hyacinth macaw (blue macaw), the giant anteater and the giant otter. At Fazenda Baía das Pedras, located in the Pantanal of Nhecolândia, you will have the opportunity to know other inhabitants like the marsh and the pampas deer, the capybara, caimans, howler monkeys, the tapir, peccaries, the toucan, the jabiru stork and the red and yellow macaw.

Climate in Brazil

October is the end of the dry season and the beginning of the flooding season. This period is the start of the rains, which become stronger between November and January and correspond with greening vegetation. Expect some late afternoon rains and hot days. Temperatures can vary a lot from in the 50s degrees Fahrenheit at night to 90s during the day.

 


Pantanal Ride

Visitors are drawn to the Pantanal region of Brazil by the promise of wildlife, as it is home to one of the largest arrays of unique species anywhere in the world. Even if luck is not on your side to see all the elusive inhabitants of the area, this ride is still a relaxing and fascinating trip well worth your time. Offered during the dry seasons, you are hosted by two separate fazendas and guided by knowledgeable and engaging... Read more

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Riding in Brazil’s Pantanal

In 6 hours of travel the road went from tarmac to murrum to sandy tracks with countless gates leading from one fazenda to another. We finally pulled up beneath a large grove of mature mango trees with numerous little black pig families enjoying the cool shade and noisy parrots squawking overhead. Stepping past the verandah with inviting easy chairs, we were welcomed into the cool family home with fresh fruit juices. After a lunch featuring home grown vegetables with a meat dish and tasty desserts, and a long nap,... Read more

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