Howard Johnson Sao Jose dos Pinhais
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Booked my ticket to Sao Sebastiao to find final destination
was Santa Helena, somewhere not familiar – as tourist info refused to help,
checked myself on the net and turns out to be on the way to Iguacu – good job I
checked & will have to keep checking from now on in.
Quick plan B was to go to Santos for ...
... on safari on the main road where we saw many Toucans, Kingfishers, Hawks and other birdlife. There were hundreds of Caimans and we were lucky enough to see a couple of families of howler monkeys and a raccoon. Unfortunately no Jaguars or Anacondas though. The next morning we took off for Bonito, looking forward to a proper bed after two night buses and two nights in ...
... more, and more...we stop to look at a Jaribou stork. That was incredible. It's te second largest stork in the world (#1 is the Maribou stork in Africa) has a 2m wingspan and can grow up to 240cm tall. It's best looks like it should be made for a Pterodactyl. I was also surprised to learn they could fly as they just look too large to get off the ground! On we walk some more through hot sandy paths, through the gaps in a wire fence (apparently this is ok as we our guide had us do this ...
... wetlands and covers around 210,000 sq km and has over 650 species of birds and 80 mammal species. Dry season is July to Dec and according to the Lonely Planet at this time 'the wildlife spotting opportunities are nothing short of spectacular' as the animals concentrate around limited water sources so I was pretty excited by all the thought of all the amazing animals I was going to see here. Unfortunately although mozzies seem to find me everywhere I go, ...
Pantanal...I dislike you.
Ok. If you want to visit the Pantanal don't read this. But if you want a laugh read on...
On the way to the Pantanal we were advised that the Pantanal was flooded but it was the most awesome time to go and see it because it doesn't happen very often. I don't think the people from Brisbane were sold with this idea. But the salesman was brilliant at his job and we were sucked in and before we know it we're on a truck with no sides ...