Since I had missed the experience of the jungle in Bolivia I have decided to skip patagonia (will do that another time) and spend some days in the Pantanal in Brazil.
It was so much fun,I have stayed in a pousada just on the river and everyday we would do something to spot animals. As I arrived I was brought immediately on a boat for a river exploration and a touch of piranhas fishing, as one does in the Pantanal. I loved it, I mean I only managed to fish one piranha but it was big enough to fry and eat, and it was good, boney, but good.
Along the river you could spot so many caimans, they are actually fasciating creatures and less scary than you would think, I wouldn't go and pat them but we went very near for some pictures and one night on a boat ride we spotted baby caimans and I held one in my hand, so cute! I dropped it back in the water soon before mummy got really pissed off!
The animal that you see most in the Pantanal though is the frikking mosquito. The quantity and the eagerness to bite made the jungle in colombia a walk in the park, in london, in winter. I had am not kidding, 17 bites on my forehead one night, I looked like the elephant man. I am now a week away from that night and I am still itching!
Other activities included, walking in the forest to spot animals, horseback riding on some seriously skinny horses ( Sam you'd be proud to know I refused to ride on them!) and my favourite, effortlessly floating on the brownish river, despite worrying about piranhas biting my ass, it was very cool.
So after the Pantanal, my next stop is lovely Ilha Grande and some easy beach life for 4 days...