Monkeys, giant guinea pigs and one spectacular cat

Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 25, 2013

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Parque Hotel Passo de Lontra Campo Grande
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What can I say about The Pantanals?  Firstly, I saw a wild jaguar up close when we were doing a night boat trip with torches.  It was enormous.  I thought jaguars were more of a mid sized cat but they are as big as a tiger.  Here is one of the very unsuccessful photos I took.   Let me tell you (Mum close your eyes for a sec so you don't know the next bit) our guide was saying "Girls, come back. You're too close.  Be careful!" ... And other things we were too excited to listen to.   If you use your imagination, you can see the face through the leaves.  It does look totally dodgy but I know the memory of being that close to such a magnificent animal will stay in my mind forever.  

  I hadn't even heard of The Pantanals until we started planning this trip.  It is part of the Brazilian plains and contains millions of cattle as well as an enormous assortment of wildlife. This includes (the ones I actually saw- toucans, jacare (jack-are-ay) like little crocodiles ,capybara (look like enormous guineapigs),   jaguar, armadillo (only a dead one), deer, parrots, emas (like emus), chachalarkas (like wild chickens and just as scatty), so many bird species, black howler monkeys , giant otters (technically we only heard them), iguanas , hawks, and of course piraņa which believe it or not, are delicious!  We missed out on anacondas and but they live there too. 
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Renee on

It's not only mum that should have been told to cover her eyes! Although I guess "eaten by a jaguar" is an awesome thing to have on one's tombstone LOL btw Can you bring me back a giant guinea pig please? And were you just a little bit tempted to put your finger in the piranha's mouth? The tour sounds beautiful ...

Renee on

oh and i'll have some chachalarkas too ...

robynexploring on

Well, not really, but Paulo (who took the little choppers off the hooks) told a story of a drunk Aussie bloke who jumped in the water cos he was so tough... Not enough stoopid in me, I'm afraid!

robynexploring on

Brazilian chooks ... They are totally you! LOL!

Jacqui on

Aw, how fantastic, great stuff. Poor Scott will never live the chewing gum and the guinea pig down....

Keep the piccies coming

Mum on

Love your travel stories - you could be a female Richard Attenborough - or is that a bit over the top!! I am your mother! Your brother's party went very well and he is having a couple of days off to recover with his acutal birthday yet to come!! All my love and do stay away from big cats and the like!

Julie Parker on

I am so loving your blog! Bringing back great memories. Glad you are having a fan and funtastic time :) Can't wait for the evening of travel entertainment! (Formally known as the slide show). Jx

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