Another crocodile Dundee trip, this time to the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil! 4 day trip planned, although slightly more luxury than the Amazon trip, this time with actual rooms and air con, staying on a ranch/ lodge.
Loads of activities during the 4 days, a few treks on foot, boat trip along one of the Pantanal rivers, fishing, night jeep safari, horse riding and alligator hunting (to hold not to kill)!
The Pantanal is much more sparse than the Amazon and although there is lots of bush and trees all over, there are also vast areas that look more like the African Savannah. It's classed as a wetland as much of the year the area has monsoon rains. This then makes much of the areas we visited swap and lakes. We visited just at the end of the dry season, but had one afternoon of torrential rain, we spent that with a few beers and card games at the lodge...
Saw a lot of wildlife on the trip, an anteater on the drive into the Pantanal, wild pigs, an agote (rat like animal), coatis (raccoon family), capybaras (huge guinea pigs), howler monkeys, alligators, armadillo, lizards and a snake. Lots of different birds, all kinds of parrots, vultures (of which we saw a huge fight with the parrots for a nest area), an owl, stalks and loads of other different wild birds. We also caught some piranhas and another alligator!
Was a great trip, and great to see another part of the South American wildlife! Now we've seen both the deep Amazon and sparse wetlands, heading down to Bonito next, only a few days but Bonito has rivers that run so clear it looks as if the fish are floating, some of the clearest in South America!
Our visit seems to have fallen on another South American bank holiday so expecting it to be a busy weekend!
After around a month in Brazil, onto Bolivia next, the poorest country in South America but also with a culture completely different to Brazil's so can't wait!