We have arrived in Brazil, destination number 6, flight 9 and day 58 of the trip so far. Unfortunately, we both developed Salmonella in Ecuador so have spent the past few days not well…that’s putting it kindly - my god, not well at all. As much as I am a fan of all things local and all things market – we were seriously poisoned and had to cancel one of our tours, spend 2 days in bed and have a couple of questionable bathroom experiences. Aw travelling – how we love it! At least we are now closer and stronger than ever as a team!!
However, we are on the mend and after a good night’s sleep in Copacabana at our family’s beautiful apartment, it was time to start the next epic section of our trip to Pantanal.
From Rio, we needed to catch a flight to the capital Brasilia, then from there another flight South to Campo Grande where we stayed in this awesome Air B N B for $19NZD. Ceila, our host was excellent, made us a beautiful breakfast before we set off on our 5-hour bus journey into the jungle passing Corumba and arriving at Pantanal Jungle Lodge.
This has been on my bucket list for a while along with the Amazon but due to time commitments, it looks like the Amazon will be explored on the next Brazilian visit. Situated near the border of Bolivia, The Pantanal is a natural region encompassing the world's largest tropical wetland area. It’s massive and also home to crocodiles, giant otters, capybara, toucans, parrots and a variety of other equally awesome wildlife.
On the way to the lodge we passed capybara causing traffic jams and also many crocodiles by the side of the road – totally amazing! Upon arrival at the lodge, it was everything I hoped it would be! Nested in the jungle and wetlands, this brightly colored lodge immerses you slap bang into the middle of the action and from our room we can look out spotting crocs, fish, storks, parrots and everything we can imagine…right from our room!
At 3.30pm we went off to join our first activity of the 4 night stay here, canoeing down one of the larger rivers in the area wildlife spotting. My god, its beautiful here. So peaceful, and we spotted heaps of beautiful birds, but I don’t think canoeing is for me. We nearly tipped many times. After about 5km we gave up and made it back to our guide who got us back to the lodge safely. Tonight, we will find out the itinerary for the next few days but for now its nearly dinner time which after another long day of traveling I can’t wait for!
Update – dinner was awesome, Max the manager is amazing here and tomorrow we will be heading out for heaps of activities for the day!