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• Pantanal North


The Brazilian Pantanal is one of the world's largest freshwater flood plains. Its river and lagoons are the home of countless animal species. Among these species we find caymans, jaguars, capybaras, marsh deers, giant anteaters, tapirs, hyacinth macaws and many others thrive in this rich ecosystem of high lands, fields and flood plain. UNESCO apointed the Pantanal as a member of the World Heritage and Bioshere Reserva list.

THE WATER CYCLES OF THE FLOOD PLAIN
October – the very first rains after, at least, 90 days of draught
the green returns to plain with the first rains - when there is a lot of rain in the Pantanal, but not enough to flood. Due to the long dry season, it takes a while for the soil to saturate to the point of flooding. It is also a season of a great abundance of food for birds who started their breeding in the past months. It is very common to see chicks being fed by their parents.

November / December – to be able to grasp all the richness of Pantanal, you must make at least two trips to the Pantanal: one during the Dry Season and one during the Rainy Season. Those trips will be unique experiences in your life!

January – the beginning of the high waters flooding the plains and basins, reaching its peak by mid March when the rain season ends.
With the summer rains, as parts of the Pantanal are flooded, the fauna and flora reinvigorate and the Pantanal thrives with life! The main characteristics of this season are the beautiful water landscapes and many water birds such as the Jabiru Stork, Woodstorks, Limpkins, ducks, teals and egrets. Among the common mammals we can find the Capybaras, Crab-eating Foxes, and the Grey-brocket and Pampas deer. The water plants are in bloom with different shapes and colors throughout the lakes and rivers. Also abundant are butterflies and other interesting insects. The wet season is also the best time to watch the most beautiful sunsets of the year.

April to June – a progressive drying out
In April, the rains stop and the water level begins to recede, giving rise to lagoons and water puddles. Here, thousands of fish are trapped, providing a food banquet for the water birds which concentrate in these regions. The temperature becomes milder and the night skies are filled with stars. The mammals, who dispersed in the wet season, start to come back and show themselves. Species such as the White-lipped Peccaries, Collared Peccaries, Marsh Deer and the Howler and Capuchin Monkeys can often be seen.

July to September – the plain is dry again
The best time to observe wildlife. The lack of rain diminishes the lagoons, revealing the flat grounds and aiding transportation by land. The fields begin to dry, providing vast grazing areas where mammals search for food and water in the remaining water puddles. From August on, the Tabebuia trees blossom – locally known as Piuvas (with pink flowers) and Paratudos (yellow flowers). This is the breeding season for birds – their plumage is at their best condition and their calls can be heard throughout the Pantanal. This is also the best season to observe Giant Anteaters, Crab-eating Racoons and South-American Coatis.

Programs : 4 days / 3 nights – 5 days / 4 nights (see Pantanal South and Pantanal North)

How to get there
By Air: For air travel, the Acurizal Farm (RPPN/Ecotropical Foundation) landing strip is used. This is a one hour flight plus 30 minutes by boat. The closest town is Pocone, 102 km from Cuiaba.
By Highway: Take MT 060 state highway, departing from Cuiaba to Pocone; it is 102 km of paved road. Continue along the Transpantaneira Highway for another 147 km to Jofre Port, on the Cuiaba River bank.
By Water: Departing from Jofre Port to the Park, the only access is by boat, and it takes approximately 4 hours.

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