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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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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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