Busy Day in the South Pantanal

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 15, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Mato Grosso do Sul,
Monday, March 1, 2010

We had an exciting day today.  In the morning, we went horseback riding.  There were no animal sightings but we rode through some water deep enough to get wet feet.  Mick's horse got stuck in the mud and fell over.  He fell with it.  Because of his bravery, he became a true Pantaneiro and got a hat which he liked to wear in recognition of his honor.  One of the horsemen fixed us mate and passed around the cup with the metal straw.  Apparently it is a cherished custom much like smoking the peace pipe in North America.  Typically you would see lots of mate implements for sale at the highway rest stops - in the convenience shops.

In the afternoon we went canoeing on the Miranda River and I saw caiman and a bunch of yellow butterflies.  It was relaxing to paddle along as the sun began to set.  We walked back to our quarters and ran across a bunch of quartzite along the path.  There were big chunks.

Meals here are quite nice.  The buildings have tiles, rock decoration.  The pool has warm water and a waterfall.  There are pet macaws and parakeets that fly around and sit on their perches or in the trees.

In the evening, we had a night safari.  We saw foxes, capybara and most of us saw an ocelot right next to the road right next to us.  Unfortunately, no one managed to get a photo and I didn't see it although I tried to take a photo of where the light was beaming.  We were excited by the sighting though.  Next a jaguar!
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