Campo Grande/Pantanol

Trip Start Nov 21, 2006
Trip End Dec 28, 2006

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Woken up at around 3am while on the bus to Campo Grande by a Brazilian Soldier looking for our passports and going through our stuff. Apparently its quite common here. I think we all slept for most of the journey which was great considering what lay ahead of us. We get into the bus station at around 9am and are woken up by the driver. Tired and groggy we exit the bus and are instantly swarmed by tour reps wanting us to go on their tours into the Pantanol. At one stage we had around 6 of them all talking at the same time. We kept telling them to leave us alone to consider our options but had no joy. Eventually after around 30mins of this we decided on 1 tour mostly because they had a hostel across the road where we could have breakfast and a shower a nd free internet. We also got a great deal on our tour or so we thought at the time. We got 50 reals off to stay in a lodge with beds instead of paying the same price for sleeping in hammocks in a hut. We leave at 11.30 and take a 4 hour bus journey into the Pantanol. The Pantanol itself is an area of low lying swamps which flood in the rainy season. Its about the size of France and is teeming with wildlife. The bus dropped us off at at the top of a dirt track where we jumped into the back of a truck which drove us to the lodge down this so called road. When we get to the lodge we realise we are the only 3 pussys in a group of 14 who are not sleepiing in the hammocks so instead of alienating ourselves from the group and in an effort to get the maximum experience we decided on the huts.
We get to the huts an hour later, the road worsening as we travel further. The place basically consisted of 3 sleeping huts with around 12 people in each hut, a kitchen area and toilets/showers. We´ve never been anywhere so remote and the nearest tarred road was 24 miles away. As soon as it gets dark the mosquitos come out so we smother ourselves in repellent. Disgusting feeling!! We just look at each other going "what have we let ourselves in for?"
Anyway we had a chat with a few of the people from the group. The same old shit "Where have you been and where are you going next?" The generator for the electricity gets turned off at 10.30 so there was not much to do but try to sleep in the hut.
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