Thursday ´till Sunday
03.04.2009 - 06.04.2009 33 °C
Day 1) In the morning I went in a van to the Pantanal. I met two Dutch but they stayed in another lodge. Just before dinner I arrived in the lodge and the owner showed me around... Swimming pool, volleyball field, pool tables, TV and a piano... what! a piano! Of all places in Brazil, you find a piano in the middle of freaking nowhere, the Pantanal. But I was the happiest lad of the day.
I met a couple from Amsterdam and a Belgium guy. Had a nice night with some beers.
Day 2) Early in the morning it was still dark when I went to see some birds at sunrise. That was awesome. The view is amazing, and when 5 big blue parrots are flying right for the rising sun, you can feel a rush of excitement. After breakie the tour started with a boat trip. We saw lots of birds including parrots and cacatoes. Alligators, really big guinnypigs (dont know the name anymore), and a varaan. Excited we were back in the lodge where we had lunch and it was time for a safari on truck and hiking. Many more animals were seen, again lots of birds and more of the same big animals. However it´s nice to see nice things twice. After sunset we were still driving to see the fireflies (whole fields of ´em) and the aligators in the lake. The driver had a spotlight and all the eyes lit up, hundreds maybe more than 500 eyes were in the lake...
Day 3) Again we went to see the sunrise, I told more people about the nice view, so this time it was also `gezellig´ (no translation). In the morning we did horsebackriding. Really exciting to ride through the Pantanal on a horse. You dont see any animals but in gallop trough the fields is owesome. The afternoon was filled with Piranja fishing. I cought 5 this time and not only piranjas, there were also some catfish in between. For dinner we ate ´em all... It was the last night so we drunk a bit more than usual, and with more people, a Denish girl, a couple from Slowaky and a just-married-Rio de Janeiro-couple.
Day 4) No sunrise today, we did the boattrip again, but no new animals seen. However, I could make a more close-up photo of a kingfisher. In the afternoon we had to leave the lodge to go back to Campo Grande again. Best time so far! Pantanal is good stuff!
ps. How many musquito bites do you think I got in those last 4 days? ... more than 716... still the Pantanal is good stuff!