A Guide to Visiting Buraco das Araras
Sinkhole of the Macaws
At 500 metres round and 100 metres deep Buraco das Araras is South America’s largest sinkhole.
It’s so spectacular, dozens of red and green macaws have made it their home. So while we toured the southern Pantanal in Brazil, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a look.
So while we toured the southern Pantanal in Brazil, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a look.
Despite forming over 300 million years ago, Buraco das Araras was only found in the early 20th century.
How the sinkhole of the macaws was found
The story goes that a curious farm hand followed a pair of red and green macaws to the edge of the sinkhole.
The landowner wasn’t pleased because he didn’t want his cattle falling in, so he cut off access by building a road to separate it from the rest of the ranch.
It’s best to time your visit to coincide with the height of macaw activity. Fortunately for photographers, this is early in the morning when the light is also at its best.
Shoot at high speeds. Any slower than 1/1000 and the chance of capturing a sharp image is drastically reduced.
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