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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 - 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 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 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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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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Brazilian "Safari"

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 10, 2014 - Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9 &10 Fly, Fly and Fly some more!! Our first flight was a reasonable 12 noon, so we can save the 5:00 am risings til there are some new and exciting wildlife possibilities, after arriving in Brazil. Denver to Atlanta left on time, but was well ahead of schedule into Atlanta. Atlanta to Brasilia was an 8 1/2 hr overnight struggle to get comfortable enough to steal even a few moments of actual sleep and Brasilia to Cuiaba was an uneventful hour and a half flight over surprisingly dry and dusty terrain. Our...

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Apr 4, 2011 - Into the Northen Pantanal/Chapada

4/4-Mon- Bandeirantes truck stop to a truck stop just outside of Cuiaba,(645 km=387 miles) Woke early and drove all day through fields and fields of Soy and corn. The land was rich and level for the most part, and the forest had been cleared years ago. As the day began to close in on us, the closer you get to the equator the more equal the day/night hours are. The road at this point seemed to be very good, with few pot holes. The large number of huge trucks on the highway were impressive, as were there size, much longer and seemed to carry...

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Sep 27, 2009 - Pantanal - Brazil

Apart from a brief episode on the Planet Earth DVD series, Pete and I knew absolutely nothing about Western Brazil and the largest wetland region in the world. The journey from Potosi in Bolivia was an expedition in itself and included an overnight trip on the infamous ‘Death Train’. Arriving very much alive at the Bolivian border with Brazil we soon noticed the quality of the infrastructure on the other side of the fence. Of course this wouldn’t come for free and the second thing we noticed was that it would be difficult to keep to our...

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Mar 23, 2006 - Journey into the Pantanal

I had dreamed about visiting the Pantanal ever since I first heard about this ecological gem in the central west of Brazil. The word "pantanal," which literally means "swamp," doesn't do justice the region's outstanding biodiversity (in fact, thinking of it as a swamp is about as mistaken as calling Australia a desert). In actuality, the Pantanal is a vast alluvial plain, with elements of marsh, savannah, rain forest, meadow and even caatinga (semiarid land with scrub - including cacti). Inside its 230,000 square kilometers, the Pantanal...

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Jun 20, 2004 - Cuiába and Chapada

From Manaus, we flew to the city of Cuiabá, population 800,000 and the capital of Mato Grosso. It is known as the hottest city in Brazil (over 40 degrees Celsius in the summer), but is not too bad now that it is winter. Actually, the drier air made it a relief compared to the Amazon. We stayed at the EcoVerde Pousada, which is run by Joel Souza out of his family's house. Joel also organizes tours to the Pantanal (the largest wetland in the world), and is highly recommended by several guidebooks, which is why we chose to stay there. The...

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