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Feb 22, 2013 - The Pantanal

Last time we left off with a boat trip, then a mini bus trip and then a 25 hour bus ride bringing us to a place in Brazil called Campo Grande. Why were we there you ask? All because of a guy named Al and a place called the Pantanal. Let’s go back just a bit... In Foz do Iguacu we were unable to see the Brazilian side of the falls and instead we took the time to relax and plan out another exciting adventure. We met Al at our hostel that day and he told us all about his tour group, Santa Clara, and the expeditions they did in the Pantanal....

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Sep 7, 2012 - Pantanal

Nous voici dans le Pantanal, où même Gilbette nous a accompagnés. Que dire à part que la faune et la flore étaient magnifiques ! Nous avons vu un nombre incroyables d'animaux tous plus beaux les uns que les autres. D'ailleurs, il y aura deux entrées car on n'a pas pu se décider pour gardeur seulement 10 photos ! Nous étions dans un camping avec pension complète et excursions comprises. Le buffet de nourriture était excellent et on en a bien profité ! Les tours étaient sympas aussi mais on aurait bien aimé pouvoir se ballader un peu par...

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Aug 20, 2011 - The Pantanal, Porto Jofre, Pantanal Nature and Jaguars

**NOTE** 3 Vids have been added, see if you can find them. Well, how can the last 3 days be described? Easily "Worth every penny" Both of us have to say that they have been the best days by a long way. One of the main reasons we are doing this trip is to see the world and what wildlife it has to offer and it goes without saying The Pantanal surpassed all expectations. Why have we not heard of this place before? Why does the lonely planet say the best thing about Brazil is its beaches? We landed ok and had a small mix-up with our pickup....

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Jul 5, 2011 - Pantanal

Welcome to the middle of nowhere. A little minibus drove us for a night and then we jumped on the back of a truck to go down a dirt road to a farm. On the side of the road you see areas of water because a few months ago they had flooding, by the water there are many Cayman. As we got the the farm you could see lots of different birds including more parrots and pink herons. We went for a walk through the water and forest to spot other animals, including Howler monkeys, who looked at us confused. As we were settled into walking through the...

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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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Feb 7, 2011 - The Pantanal, BRAZIL!

7th Feb: Train ride last night took 14 hours and was really bumpy, it is referred to as the death train as its so slow and bumpy you want to chuck yourself under the train!!!!! So we are in Brazil now! Brazil is only 3 hours behind the UK. After the train we got a mini bus over the border then a truck into the pantanal. Just on the drive into the Pantanal we saw lots of wildlife including an alligator (caimen) by the side of the road. We are staying on a farm, its really nice and we are all staying in a hammock room, they are a lot more...

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Feb 6, 2010 - Into the Pantanal

Pousada de Rio Mutum, Pantanal So, Saturday morning, alarm call at 6am, for a 6.30am breakfast. Lovely fruit, sweet coffee, and some bread and cheese, perfect. it was an early start for a boat trip up the Mutum to its source, and while moving it was incredibly pleasant; the sun on our skin and a breeze in our hair. Although Jamil said the wet season wasn't as good for spotting wildlife, I still think it was fantastic. First off, we spotted a caiman, a small fish-eating relative of the alligator, of which there are 3 million in the area....

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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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Aug 29, 2008 - Travel Update

Hello all Here is the latest: We left Bonito and made our way to The Pantanal by a 4 hour coach journey. The Pantanal is the largest wetland area in the world covering 155,000 sq km. It floods during the wet season and submerges 80%. We are here in the dry season, but still, there are many areas covered in water. It is home to an abundance of wildlife and aquatic plants. We started the afternoon with a swim in the river (with our guide) prior to fishing and to our horror observed caimans on the riverbank, literally 5 metres away!! Had we...

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Nov 21, 2007 - Wildlife watching in the Pantanal

Wild animals at last! The Pantanal has been much better than my trip to the jungle, we saw so many animals, including lots of monkeys! We heard them first as they were all howler monkeys and they make one hell of a racket. We also saw many black caiman (alligators), and we even stubbled across one whilst walking in the bush. That was rather scary, but luckily he turned and went in the opposite direction. There were many birds, including Jabiru storks, toucans, cormorants, herons, woodpeckers and macaws in different colours. We were also...

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Apr 11, 2007 - BRAZIL - Pantanal

Wednesday 11th April Up at 4am to get the bus to Pedro Juan Caballero on the border. Fell asleep and was very confused when I arrived at 10am to find the ticket office asking for Brazilian Reais! Had to ask at a food stall which country I was in which was very embarrasing, but discovering I was still in Paraguay I went off in search of a ticket. They would not actually sell me one until I had my Paraguay exit and Brazil entry stamps which I soon discovered were at opposite ends of this town with two names - Pedro Juan Caballero in Paraguay...

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Mar 6, 2007 - Pantanal, Brazil

March 6-8, 2007 We are now in the pantanal in brazil, the pantanal is believed to be about half the size of france, it just goes to show the size of brazil. We are pretty much staying in the middle of no where in basic style accomodation along one of the rivers in the pantanal. when we arrived we went on a boat along the river looking for wild life, we were lucky enough to see a few caymen (mini crocs)and also lots of different species of birds. Our tour guide for the few days (max and palo) are pretty well known in that area for catching...

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