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Nov 8, 2018 - More time at Araras

The first two activities we did at Araras Eco-Lodge were walks with our guide Roberto, along a boardwalk about 1 km long, to view the surrounding area from tall observation towers. Written by John The rainy season started a little early this year, meaning mid-October. This early rain filled a lot of depressions, which offered perfect early breeding conditions for the mosquitoes. This means not only is every day hot (90’s), but also if you go for a walk to see wildlife, you will be swarmed by mosquitoes. We try to make things better by...

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Nov 7, 2018 - Touring the Pantanal

Lois writing On Tuesday morning, we left our hotel in Rio, and were transported to the airport that handles domestic flights. From there we took LATAM Airlines: first to Sao Paulo, then a 45 minute layover, and on to Cuiaba, a few hundred miles inland, and the gateway to the Pantanal. This is the largest wetland area in the world, so there are lots of varieties of bird life and unusual plants. And it is very hot and humid, though (in my opinion), not as hot as Bangkok. There are mosquitoes too, which are about as prevalent as those we get...

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Dec 1, 2017 - Goodbye Rio Mutum

Following a night of storm the day starts warm and damp, a trip inland today meant another array of newly identified birds, the feathered variety, a couple of specials a bat bird and rare poukoo, looking like a broken tree branch, which I think it probably was!!!. Had an afternoon river trip cut short by a highly charged electric storm and downpour. Our guide drove like Miami Vice just to keep us less than 100 metres in front. We wanted excitement but this was the awesome power of Mother Nature against 5 people in a small boat. See...

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Nov 30, 2017 - Living in Paradise

Today's entertainment was a 4km march through the jungle with full body pack, managed to catch the backsides of raccoons, wild pigs and too many birds to mention. However having cracked the mosquitos we were attacked from below by ants. This then lead to a difficult decision, drop your trousers and get the ants out which nipped everything, and I mean everything or get attacked by mosquitos for showing your prime white European bum and it's excellent blood type. In the end, it was try and the get the little blighters out. And I thought I was...

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Nov 30, 2017 - Losing track of time and dates already

It's being like the garden of Eden but only slightly different as it is guarded by mosquito. The night are warm, yet clear and the skies are to die for, The mornings or should I say from 4 are like a concert of every bird, frog and caiman calls. The afternoons hot and sticky so much the birds have a siesta, then the evening comes and everything is back out, showing off. Had a brilliant time on a canoe to get out into the lake and watch sunrise. It was magical. Just after and about 10 foot from the boat a piranha feeding frenzie took place...

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Nov 28, 2017 - Rio de Mumtum Cuiba

Left at 5pm just to make flight to Brazilia, landed at 9.00 just after the boarding of our next flight at 08.55!!!!! for flight to Cubiana, which was thought not be too much of an issue except we landed at Gate1 and were departing at Gate 24 on the farest pod. Having broken the land speed record we got to the gate as the pilot was shutting the door. But what about our bags!, it' s Ok Alison said through gasping breaths ,we have a spare of knickers in my hand bag. So off we were heading to the Pantanile. Landed at 10:00 having lost an hour...

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Nov 1, 2017 - Jaguar Suites, Pantanal

From Fazenda Santa Tereza, we travelled south along the Pantaneiro highway for Porto Jofre. 80km by open truck passing through more wetlands and farms. The pantanal slopes downhill at approximately 10cm per km towards the south - only in the extreme south is there permanent wetland. 30min transfer by boat to Jaguar Suites, a floating barge or two anchored to the Rio Piquiri bank housing 12 rooms all with great glass fronted views of the river. This area of the Pantanal houses the highest concentration of jaguars in the world, and while we...

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Oct 30, 2017 - Fazenda Santa Tereza, Pantanal

We've now headed south and into the wetlands of the north Pantanal. The Pantanal is a fascinating combination of numerous fazendas (cattle ranches) with huge herds of cattle interspersed with massive marshy wilderness areas. Animal sightings were fewer than we had expected, but we enjoyed the new and different sightings we were rewarded with - a number of Marsh deer, plenty of caimans, a pair of Red Brocket deer, a couple of agoutis, a coati and a jaguarundi, (which is incredibly rare in the Pantanal). Capybara's (the world's largest...

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Oct 26, 2017 - Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Three awkward flights from Manaus to Alta Floresta totalling 3x the distance we needed to get to find the next jungle oasis. Ubered into Ciuaba for a quick breakfast on the steps of the church before on to Alta Floresta. Cristalino Jungle Lodge is about 50km outside Alta Floresta. The airport reminds you it is the end of the road before 100's of km of jungle. Cristalino is as about as close as we could come to a "real" jungle experience without spending a week travelling into the jungle by boat. The place was voted top 50 bird watching...

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Sep 23, 2014 - The Southern Amazon and Pantanal Trip Nears the End

The Southern Amazon and Pantanal Trip Nears the End Up bright and early for our departure from Hotel Matto Grosso midway down the Transpantaneira Highway and ultimately leaving the Pantanal. In spite of this being the "dry" season, there is still a lot of waterholes, marshes and rivers which concentrate the birds and wildlife. The rain also makes the "highway"/dirt road very muddy in places. An early morning stop at a "fazendas"/pousada (lodge on a ranch) to see some beautiful Nanday/Black-hooded Parakeets as well a some other interesting...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Southern Amazon, the Pantanal, and Paulo

Southern Amazon Cristalino Jungle Lodge is on Rio Cristalino, a black-water river. This river feeds into the Teles Pires River, which feeds into the Pajós River which feeds into the Amazon River. The climate is very hot and humid with unpredictable rains. These rains can cause considerable damage to the surrounding trees, especially if there is any wind. The trees have extremely shallow roots so are easily toppled or broken off. We encountered a lot of tree damage while hiking through the jungle. Thus our guides all carried machetes to...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Not Everything Goes Well

Not Everything Goes Well The group took a long bird walk this morning through various habitats.. Highlights were the Golden-Green Woodpecker, the Green-backed Becard, and a very patient Helmeted Manakin. The afternoon, by contrast, was a string of lowlights! What started as a trip to two nearby lodges where feeders were often visited by species usually seen silhouetted while streaking above, turned into a five-hour round trip on the very rough Transpantaneira Highway. The only stop was in Poconé for gas and no feeders were visited. All of...

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