the pearl of Brasil
15.01.2009 27 °C
After a 16 hour bus trip from Foz de Iguacu to Campo Grande, we had no time to rest before the transfer to the Pantanal. We arrived around 8am in Campo Grande, where we were met by our tour operator- Gil's Pantanal Discovery. As we were leaving for the Pantanal the same morning they gave us breakfast and a room to have a quick shower.With our stomachs full, we were ready for the next trip.
We travelled into the Pantanal with a British couple called Jason and Nicola, We travelled by van which gave us time to chat and get to know the people we would be spending the next few days with.
After 4 hours we reached the farm. Almost as soon as we arrived we joined a dutch couple to go fishing for piranha! Our guide, was Gabriel, a real life Tarzan!!
After the fishing, Gabriel prepared the piranha for dinner, When we arrived back from fishing we had beers with the other couple and watched the sun go down.
The day after we went to another farm, where they were going to walk through the forest, lunch and ride a horse.
on the walk we saw Howler Monkeys, Toco Toucans, Woodpeckers and Hyacinth Macaws ( the largest Parrot in the world) which were simply beautiful!!
During the horse riding, our guide, Gabriel, found a Boa Constrictor. A real cowboy, he grabbed it and brought it back to the farm ... while he was still on the horse. When we reached the farm we took photos of it around our necks . It was a strange feeling because the boa was very strong and didnt stop moving ...
During our stay we saw lots of caiman (a species of crocodile). They were all over the place ..
The day after we were joined by another couple from Ireland and a couple of younger dutch guys, and said goodbye to the dutch couple who had been with us from when we had first arrived.That day we went on a safari with the British couple down the river where we saw giant river otters, capibara( the largest rodant on Earth), kingfishers, tiger herons, caiman, Howler monkeys, caracaras and many other bird species found along the river it was amazing!!
later in the day we went river tubbing down the main river with the Irish, dutch and the British couple next to the farm where we had been fishing on the first day. Gabriel always told stories of piranhas and anacondas just to scare us that little bit more when we were in the water.
That night we went on our last tour with just the English couple, up the river for a night safari... there were bats all around us as we travelled upstream, and all u could see in the water were little lights like stars from all the caiman
Sadly thus ended our tour of the Pantanal. of all the places we have visited since, this is the place that as stayed in our minds....simply unmissable!!!!
In the afternoon we went to take the bus to Corumba (the next large town outside the Pantanal to stay a little while before we moved on into Bolivia to take the death Train to Santa Cruz). Corumba was a very beautiful little town, with amazing views over the Pantanal below. Sadly this was the last town before the stress began!!!!