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Sep 15, 2014 - Goodbye to Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Hello Pantanal

Monday, September 15, 2014 Goodbye to Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Hello Pantanal Today we slept in, until 5:30 am!! We left Cristalino Lodge by boat at 7 with our luggage traveling behind in a second boat. Once on the road leading to and from the boat "dock", we stopped and walked ahead of our van and birded for varying lengths of time and with varying success. Highlights included a pair of Scarlet Macaws eating breakfast just over the road and a Xenopsaris which Paulo claims is the rarest bird he has ever photographed. The Xenopsaris was...

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Sep 14, 2014 - Our Longest Hike and Some "Tapiring" in the Afternoon

Sunday, September 14, 2014. Our Longest Hike, and Some Tapiring in the Afternoon Again breakfast was at 5 am and we took off for our morning walk/HIKE on the boat at a little after 5:30. This hike was the Serra Trail and it featured a good climb and lots of difficult footing on rocks and wet leaves making for slow going. The view of the rainforest from the rock outcropping was worth the effort, and the birds were a bonus. We had a pair of Black Caracara join us at the summit for our stay and many colorful smaller birds gave us shorter...

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Sep 13, 2014 - After all...it is a RAIN forest

Saturday, September 13, 2014 After All it, is a RAIN Forest The morning started with breakfast at 5 am again and at 5:40 we were headed upriver. There were lots of birds near and on the river, but nothing new. The find of the trip up was a Giant Otter. Once we landed at a trailhead we began what would be a hike through the forest, then up a steep, hot hill. The trail was in bad shape from the storm on the day we arrived and several detours had to be hacked around fallen trees. The birding was as tough as the hiking, with far more birds...

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Sep 12, 2014 - A Tall Order and Much More

Friday, September 12, 2014 A Tall Order and Much More Breakfast was at five so we could boat across the river and hike to tower #2 by sunrise. Both Marilyn and Dave have a serious issue with heights, so ONLY climbed to the first platform (approx 125 ft.). Paolo was nice enough to stay with us to help identify birds. Roger, Louise and the rest of our group joined Cristalino Lodge Guide, Oliver at the top, about 165 feet in the sky. We stayed on the tower constantly scanning for birds (and willing the tower to stop wiggling and shaking) from...

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Sep 11, 2014 - Cuiaba to Cristalino Jungle Lodge via Alta Floresta

Thursday, September 11 From the city to the RAIN forest We had a 10am for our flight from Cuiaba north to Alta Floresta. Then a drive on a very dusty road for an hour to the Teles Peres River through cattle ranches and then jungle. Just as we arrived at the river, the skies opened and we had a downpour with some wind. We waited out the worst of the storm and loaded our gear and our group into basic aluminum boats with no cover. We were all huddled in our rain gear and set off from the Teles Peres River then upstream of the Rio Cristalino...

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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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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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