Hyacinth Macaws

Trip Start Dec 03, 2012
Trip End Aug 25, 2013

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Flag of Brazil  , Mato Grosso,
Friday, June 14, 2013

A handful of fisherman's houses, screened against the mosquitoes, is all that marks Porto Jofre at the end of the unfinished Transpantaneria Highway in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands. This spot on the Cuiaba River is probably the only place on earth where you can find the world's largest macaw, rodent, otter and one of the biggest of the big cats. We managed to see all of these in one spectacular day - the hyacinth macaw, capybara, giant river otter and jaguar.

Getting to Porto Jofre involves 150 km of unpaved red dust road, and 120 rickety wooden bridges. We made the journey from Cuiaba via Pocone with Pantanal Ecoexplorer, in the back of a converted pick-up truck with elevated viewing seats that allowed us to see the Pantanal's famous wildlife. Our first stop en route, for two nights
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