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South America » Brazil » Pantanal September 5th 2013

Hello, Well we have left Brazil and are now in Bolivia!! I was actually quite sad to leave Brazil, it has been such a fantastic country and we´ve had a brilliant time. So, the highlights since I last wrote on my blog... So we arrived in Sao Paulo and had a really good few days there! Met lots of interesting people!! Went out for drinks with two Brazilians one evening, one day me and Katherine went to the Japanese sector and got sushi...wow that was gorgeous, soo nice to have a change from the copious amounts of meat, rice and bread we´ve been living off! We then got a bus overnight to Campo Grande then another bus to Corumba a Brazilian town near the Bolivian border. While we were on Isla Grande island we spoke to ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Pantanal March 31st 2013

The night train from Santa Cruz to the border was actually pretty good - we watched a film (Life of Pi - actually very good if a little weird!) and then I had a decent nights sleep, as the seat was comfortable, reclining with a foot rest - better than on an aeroplane! As expected, the border crossing as a bit of a nightmare - first we had to queue to get stamped out of Bolivia (about 1.5h) then another queue to get stamped into Brazil. This one was even slower, with two people stamping passports and entering details in a very slow computer system, and it took 4h before we were all done! It is very hot and humid in Brazil, and I am trying desperately to acclimatise! We were picked up at the border ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Pantanal March 12th 2013

Diena kaip ir vakar prasideda anksti, apie 6 ryto. Tiesa iškeliauti šį rytą reik su visais daugtais, tad iš ryto dar viską sužiūrėti, kad nieko nepalikčiau. Papusryčiaujam, persikėlę per upę sėdam į džipą ir važiuojam link pagrindinio kelio tikėdamiesi dar kažką įdomaus šiandien pamatyti. Dar laukia pietūs kažkokioj stovyklavietėj, bei nedidelis žygis. Klausiam gido ką šiandien galim pamatyti, jis tik sumurma, kad negali žinoti, bet paklausus ar yra šansų pamatyti didelę anakondą, jis atsako, kad greičiausiai ne. Bet praėjus vos geroms 10 ar 15 minučių pamatom šalia kelio kokių 2m ilgio anakondą !! Aš laimingas, nes vakar buvau gan nusivylęs kand tiap jos ir nepamačiau, o čia dabar prieš mano akis 2 metrų ilgio anakonda. vat tau ir minčių galia. Važiuojam toliau, pakeliui jau matyti, bet vistiek įdomūs ir neįprasti paukščiai, kaiman... read more
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South America » Brazil » Pantanal March 8th 2013

Po nakties rūbai kuriuos vakar išsiskalbiau nė kiek nepradžiūvę, bet tikiuosi, kad iki 12 val. aukščiau pakilus saulei jie bent kiek pradžius, kad nereiktų šlapių dėtis į kuprinę. Sočiai papusryčiauju, po to perdžiaunu rūbus kur daugiau saulės. Diena karšta, tad maždaug per 2 val. visi rūbai spėja išdžiūti. Susikraunu daigtus ir keliauju į autobusų stotį iš kur turėčiau pradėti savo turą. Ten man duoda autobuso bilietą ir sako, kad turiu dar apie 2 valandas važiuoti iki vietos iš kur pradėsiu ekskursiją. Taigi po 2 val. išlipu iš autobuso kur mane pasitinka vairuotojas su džipu. Tada dar apie pusvalandį laukiam kol atvažiuos kiti keleiviai. Tada visi susėdam ir važiuojam žvyrkeliu iki vietos kur apsistosim. Pakeliui sustojam kur pamatos įdomesnių žvėrių ar paukščių. Pirmiausiai pamatau Tukaną, po to dar kelis įdomius paukščius. ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Pantanal March 8th 2013

Keliamės anksti, apie 6 ryto, pusryčiai 6.30. Pirmiausiai išplaukia vakar sutikti 5 draugai, po to mes keliaujam pasiplaukiot. Pakeliui matom tuos pačius žvėris: kapibara, kaimanus, pempių paukščius. Tada sustojam nedidelėj saloj ieškoti anakondų. Deja randam tik vieną mažą anakondą, sako nepakankamai karšta, kad didžiosios išlystų iš krūmų. Daugiausiai šansų jas pamatyti kai temperatūra viršija +40, šiandien turbūt net nėra +30. Tad grįžtam namo taip ir nepamatę didelės anakondos. Papietaujam, o po pietų plaukiam žvejoti piranijų. Čia jų labai daug. Sako, kad aksčiau žmonės plaukdavo be valčių per šioje vietoje per upę, bet tam, kad saugiai galėtų perplaukti turėdavo paaukoti 4-5 karves. Taigi atplaukiam į vejybos vietą, gidas supjausto karvės širdį, kurią naudojam kaip masalą. Žvejyba neįprasta, nes reikia spėti ištraukti žu... read more
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South America » Brazil » Pantanal May 14th 2012

We have been travelling for just over a week now. Since my last update we returned to the mainland and visited a beautiful colonial town called Paraty. I really liked this town. It reminded me of Antigua in Guatemala with cobbled streets and colonial buildings but it had the advantage of being on the coast. We went out for an amazing Thai meal on the first night and though expensive, it was probably one of the best meals I have ever had- shrimps with asparagus! My favourite. The next day we went out on a "party" boat. We were fortunate to have great weather and we visited a number of beaches and could jump off the boat into the moderately warm, but crystal clear sea. Due to its party boat nature it did also involve some ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Pantanal February 15th 2012

We arrived at the airposr and our guide Julinho was there to greet us. I dont know how they do it but some of our guides so far have recognised us at the airport immediately. Maybeit is because we look like gringos... Anw he took us at pur hotel for the night and the next morning he picked us up to start our journey in the Pantanal. Pantanal is an amazing area very different to the Amazon, though some animals can live in both environments. Pantanal is a biosphere subdivided in 11 microspheres. It is very open very flat and it is easier to spot the animals. The particular area we visited and the timing weren´t ideal to encounter wild cats or jaguars but we have encountered many other species. Orange whistling ducks, black-collared hawk, another ... read more

South America » Brazil » Pantanal January 26th 2012

Now have wifi access so have added photos to some previous entries - enjoy!... read more

South America » Brazil » Pantanal January 26th 2012

A terrible thunderstorm overnight meant we had to get up even earlier than intended so that the estancia 4x4 could drive us the 5 miles of mud track to the main road. Pick up car was waiting and we arrived at Buenos Aires airport at 08.00 for a 10.20 flight. Then it all went wrong! We knew to wait at gate 4 for our flight and assumed that the seats next to gate 5 were for gate 4 – how wrong we were! Gates 1-4 were downstairs and we only realised at 10.22, we fled downstairs to an empty departure lounge – our flight had left! We were so angry and to make matters worse there was no-one to blame but ourselves. So back to check in and we got on standby for the next flight ... read more

South America » Brazil » Pantanal January 26th 2012

A private tour with charming Brazilian guide ‘Fabiano’. Started on the Argentinian side with a little train ride to the falls. It was heaving with coach-loads of tourists – an invasion of our space until we remembered that we were also tourists. First surprises – the Iguazu river is huge (several kilometres wide) but shallow with hundreds of little islands and it was surrounded by dense jungle. Having elbowed our way to the front the falls were spectacular and surprise, surprise John took hundreds of photos. Over the border into Brazil (the bridge was painted blue and white on Argentinian side and ended green and yellow in Brazil) and as Fabiano had predicted, the falls were much better – and fewer tourists. Walkways led to increasingly amazing panoramic views ( another hundred photos). Wildlife included vultures, ... read more
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