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The Serra da Canastra National Park (Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra) is located in the Southwest of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The park is the sixth largest and one of the most important protected areas in the Savannah World.
Savannah, or the Brazilian Cerrado, presents a tremendous biodiversity and it is considered as being one of the 25 hot spots of the planet. It is estimated to contain 1/3 of the Brazilian fauna, which corresponds to 5% of the world fauna.
Riding motorcycles through the park is permitted and a lot of fun too. There are many interesting road and off road tracks in the area that take you to stunning locations such as waterfalls, caves, immense valleys and so on. For those interested, camping is allowed in the park but you have to be careful with the wild animal life.
In relation to mammals, among the 46 large-sized species listed in the Savannah, 38 occur in the Serra da Canastra National Park, including the Giant Anteater, and the pampas deer, both mentioned in the Brazilian official list of endangered animals. It also constitutes an important refuge for the giant armadillo. Among the 21 carnivore species registered in the Savannah, 15 occur in the Park, such as the leopard cat, the pampas cat and the maned wolf, all equally endangered.
The amphibian fauna is highly diversified and endemic, with species occurring only in specific points within the Park. In relation to birds up to the present a total of 355 species of birds have already been identified, among which the extremely rare Brazilian Merganser (Mergus octosetaceus), a worldwide endangered species that has been scarcely recorded. The presence of this species is considered as a significant indicator of a sound environment. Two other rare and equally endangered birds occur in the Serra da Canastra National Park: the Crowned Eagle, and the Lesser Nothura.
Another important attraction of the Serra da Canastra National Park, is the Casca d'anta waterfall. Considered as one of the biggest and most exuberant scenic beauties of Minas Gerais, the first waterfall of the Sao Francisco River, with its 186 meters high and gigantic strength, astonishes and fascinates the visitors.
The biologic richness and stunning landscape of the Serra da Canastra National Park is incommensurable and it is a must visit/ride place while you are in Brazil.
If you would like to visit Serra da Canastra or any other destination within Brazil, please contact us for detailed information.
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