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May 9, 2010 - The Pantanal

As some of you know, our route through South America is not exactly the standard one...we are basically following a vague line that Luce and I scribbled on a map two years ago! This involves crossing from Rio into Bolivia, which looked definitely doable on my world atlas. We decided to go via the Pantanal which is an area of wetland in Brazil, half the size of France but often overlooked in the shadow of the Amazon. So after a night in Campo Grande to recover from the 24 hour bus journey from Rio, we set off into the jungle in a jeep. Our...

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Mar 2, 2010 - Will Something Please Bite Me?

Bidding the Atlantic coast goodbye, but not farewell, we headed inland towards the huge mass of Amazonian bush that seems to take up the whole of the middle of South America. We went to the Pantanal, a huge open swampland about the size of France, roughly 200,000 square km. It was the rainy season, although it didn’t actually rain when we were there, at least on us. I say not on us because often you could hear thunder and see lighting dancing in evil black clouds on the horizon, but it never reached us. It did mean, however, that there were...

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Operation Badger

Dec 25, 2008 - Pantanal Wetlands - Happy Christmas/Feliz Natal

Okay brace yourself there is a lot to get through - So we left off in Paraguay! However, before I get stuck in did I mention (I know I didn't otherwise I wouldn't be bringing it up ok lol) travelling on buses in South America is mad. For a start you have tv´s on all the buses imagine Rambo in Portuguese it ain't pleasant, or some Latin Grammy winning country Latin singer ain't pleasant either (thank god for IPODS), secondly the driver has a little scam. People who cant afford the full bus fair pay cash to the driver for standing room only,...

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Aug 15, 2008 - Swimming with pirana and caiman in the Pantanals

***This is only temp: I´ll edit this properly later as i~m running out of time*** After a grueling 2 days stuck in Rosita(she´s a truck, not a bus!!) we reached the police check point to the Pantanal. We had to change to local transport as the bridges in the Pantanal only have a 15T limit and Rosita is a heavy bitch at nearly 26T or something. -Went Pirana fishing and ate them. From river to plate in less than 2 hours :) -Went walking through Pantanal looking for Anaconda. Saw Wild pigs, Cavobara, lotsa birds including stalks, terns,...

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Oct 22, 2007 - Pantanal - Brazil

The first picture you see I am looking forward getting on a train going to Brazil and the next one is praying for a comfortable bed. 13 hours on a train. I don't know what is the matter with trains here, one is worst than the other. If you are suffering from motion sickness forget traveling in Bolivia. I couldn't even have a drinbk without spilling it. This followed by a 3 hr bus journey to Pantanal. Now when I read on our journey planner Hammock Hotel, I didn't think they meant this literally. Well they did! Me in a Hammock.....ha ha it...

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