Trip Start Mar 07, 1998
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pantanal - After Rio I flew to the Pantanal, which is on the border of Bolivia and Paraguay. It is one giant wetland, the size of Wales. It is one of the best places to see wildlife in South America. I was hoping to be lucky and see a jaguar. Unfortunately that didnt happen, but we were very close on a number of occasions, with very fresh footprints being seen. I took a boat from the east of the Pantanal into the center. We camped on the side of the river as we made our way through the area for 5 days.

I got well and truly eaten alive during the first few days, as the mosquitos and ticks had a feast. Most of the Pantanal is privately owned so we popped into ranches as we went along. Saw lots of wildlife including a few Tapir, Ocelot (small cat), Giant Otters, lots of large parrots, caimans (type of alligator), capybaras (big rodents), wild pigs, loads of birds (including one that was 1.5m tall). A few pictures of these animals are below.

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