The Region

  The lodge is reached from Alta Floresta in the extreme north of the state of Mato Grosso, Brasil. There are daily flights to and from the Alta Floresta Airport (AFL) on the Azul Airlines.

  The region has a tropical climate with an average temperature around 25 °C (77 °F), during the heat of the day it can approach 30 °C (86 °F), but the nights are usually more comfortable, with temperatures staying around 20 °C (68 °F). Appropriate clothing, a comfortable hat and a good sunscreen are highly recommended during diurnal activities.

  

  The air humidity varies throughout the year, reaching as low as 30% during the dry season, usually from May to August. No rain should be expected between June and July, good lip moisturizers can be used to mitigate the effects of the low air humidity.

  In the wet season, typically from October to March, the rainfall is generally concentrated in the evening and at night and the air humidity remains close to 100%, especially between December and February, when normally an increase in the rainfall occurs.

  The distance from the Alta Floresta Airport to the lodge is 120 km (75 miles), on dirt roads. Using air-conditioned 4WD vehicles the trip normally takes between two and three hours. Although the lodge is accessible throughout the year the conditions of the road and consequently the time of the trip may vary.

  The lodge is located in the Rio Azul / Rio São Benedito Sport Fishing Natural Preserve. The preserve have an area of 60347 hectares (149120 acres).

  The Rio Azul / Rio São Benedito conservation unit was created by the state of Pará in 2001 as a sustainable use preserve. Established considering the need to guarantee the conservation of the icthyofauna and to maintain the flora and fauna equilibrium in the region, requiring that all the farms on the left bank of the Azul river maintain at least 2 thousand meters of primary forest intact along the river. The right bank of the Azul river is protected by the preservation area of the Serra do Cachimbo Brazilian Air Force Base with more than 2.1 million hectares (5.3 million acres) of pristine primary forest preserved.