The Brazilian wetlands - Pantanal
Last night was by far on of the worst I have ever had. I woke up at 11pm with a migraine, stomach cramps and nausea. From there it eventuated into crippling pain and a terrible fever so by the time this morning came around we had to cancel our early morning activity as I was just too sick. I was even too sick to eat a proper breakfast so for all that know me, will understand it must have been pretty bad. However, with the thanks to left over drugs from my hospital adventure in Thailand a few months ago when I also was poisoned, I am now starting to feel slightly more human as I write this post.
Fast forward most of the day, at 3.30pm our first activity of the ‘day’ was Piranha fishing! Yup, that’s right, we got to go fishing for Piranha’s right next to our accommodation – what a cool experience, right? Unfortunately, I didn’t catch a single one… but they did eat all the bait off every single cast I made so I still see this as a kind of win. To be honest, it was just beautiful to sit and watch the world go by surrounded by thick wetlands filled with amazing wildlife, achieving a sense of calm and relax that I had been craving for days.
We also had time to lie by the pool today for a while and contemplate leaving the lodge one day early as in the grand scale of things we both still feel pretty crap and could do with some family time/ family who can look after us until we feel better. However, it’s going to cost too much money to change our flights with LATAM (thanks LATAM) so we instead caught some sun and watched as toucans flew over us. My favourite part of the day for sure.
In the evening we hoped aboard one of the boats on site to head off on a night safari, wildlife spotting. We were both pretty excited as I am dying to see a jaguar and thought this may be our change, but unfortunately not. However, we saw plenty of caimans, various types of bat and birdlife. There were these bats called ‘swooping bats’ which like a pelicans mouth have a pouch that will scoop up the fish – totally impressive…but yet, no jaguars. By 8pm upon our arrival back to camp, I was literally ready to eat my own arm so I am glad that the food here is wonderful and it’s a buffet so there is no judgement.
Overall, I do with we felt better, we are having fun here but the experience is totally tainted with the fact that we are both sitting at a solid 5/10 energy level wise.
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