We just hadn't had enough of the wilderness, so after our Sojourn in Santa Cruz, we headed right back out to the life of few showers and wild animals. The Pantanal is an area 5 times the size of France. We did however manage to meet a lovely French couple there. We had a great time.
We stayed on a farm with cows, horses, and chickens. All the palm trees were full of parrots and I found a pair of hyacinth macaws (very rare) while running by one tree. I accidentally scared them out while going to see an armadillo. We also saw a poison snake, a coati, deer, caiman, giant otters. We thought the giant otters were coming over to check us out cause they were really playful. Turns out they are very vicious and we're lucky they didn't get any closer. I saw a guy with a terrible scar from one. Also they are one of the rarest creatures in the pantanal.
We spent one afternoon canoeing. Which involved lots of getting out and walking since rainy season just stared and the water level isn't that high. I decided to swim since it was so hot and got nibbled on twice by fish. They tell me they don't bite, but I'm sure it was piranhas. Chris did not swim. We also decided that as a couple we may never have a canoe. We tried to canoe together and kept going in circles, but the creek wasn't that wide so we really just ran into one bank and then the other. We decided we should split up... I got to go with the guide, which was really easy going.
The next day we went horsebackriding. My horse was so s l o w! It was painful. I think it had a tummyache because it kept tooting. So finally Chris gets behind my horse and is trying to get horse to go, giving it a little nudging, when the tummy can take no more and my horse poos on his foot! His horse was right there, so there was no good escape. Thoroughly enjoyable and Chris actually took it much better than I think I would have... the horse ride continued and the only action I got out of my horse was when it got next to the guides (turns out they have some beef with each other) and it started rearing up on the other horse. The horse put it's front legs in the air, too. And Chris's horse went in circles... guess we'll likely never own horses either.