Photographer's Note

The Pantanal is a natural region encompassing the world's largest tropical wetland area. It is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but it extends into Mato Grosso and portions of Bolivia and Paraguay.

The road MT-060, mostly known as Transpantaneira, was intended to connect the cities of Poconé and Corumbá, about 400km far from one another. Nevertheless, the construction stopped in Porto Jofre, a little village on the banks of the Cuiabá River. This was due to many difficulties, such as flooded areas and rivers to cross. On its 145km (143km of dirt road), there are 122 bridges (120 of wood), open fields, woods and embankments that flood the waters and form refuges for alligators, capybaras, jabirus and other animals. During the rainy season (from October to April), certain sections of the road are interdicted or precariously open only to appropriate vehicles.

In the photo, you can see the wooden gateway to the Pantanal at the beginning of the road; in the workshop, a little visitor that was taking a rest by the side of this portal. Here begins the Pantanal. Welcome!

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