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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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Feb 19, 2007 - Dirty, greasy and happy!

Yeah!!!! Our first true expedition is complete! Now sitting in a small, hot and dirty internet cafe in Puerto Quijarro (our first Bolivian stop) waiting to get the hell out of here on the night train to Santa Cruz! The last few days have been fantastic! After stopping in Bonito and spending the day at a "natural pool" in Bonito we were pumped for the wetland area of the Pantanal! The Pantanal is the worlds largest wetland and houses tons and tons of animals! We took a four hour transfer to the a bus stop in the middle of no-where and were...

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Mar 24, 2006 - Journey into the Pantanal - Part II

The next day, I woke just after sunrise and joined Joel and a few other travelers for breakfast in his shady backyard. As elsewhere in Brazil, breakfast consisted of fresh papaya, bananas, watermelon, rolls and hot coffee with milk. I met Mohammed, from Morocco, and Ingo, a German traveler who would join me on this four-day trek. While we ate, Joel played guitar, as chickens scampered about the yard. A large turkey also joined in the song/gobbling at one point, adding bit of improvisation (or perhaps critique of Joel's singing). We were off...

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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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