Arrival in the Pantanal, Brazil!

Trip Start Jul 06, 2007
Trip End Aug 06, 2007

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Refugio Ecologico Caiman

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sylvia from Open Door Tur arrived right on time and took us for the 3.5 hour drive to Refugio Ecologico Caiman.  We were met on arrival by the staff and immediately shown to a room near the swimming pool at Sede Lodge.  Everyone was very friendly and they explained about the board with the tours and activities.  They divide everyone into two groups-yellow (English) and blue (Portuguese).  A buffet lunch was served at noon and then we discovered that so far, we were the only tourists to arrive in our yellow group.  The flights were still chaotic and everyone else was delayed.  While resting after lunch, I heard the distinctive Macaw squawk and ran out into the garden to see two Hyacinth Macaws munching on nuts in a palm tree right there in the hotel garden!  Not even on a tour and already seeing Hys!!!

The afternoon activity was the bike ride and it was only us and the guide, two other guides went along just for the hell of it, nothing else to do.  We had barely gotten out the gate when we saw about 7 or 8 Hys flying around so I lept off the bike to grab pics.  Then we passed the small airstrip and there were 2 mango trees just full of parrots-BF Amazons, Nandays and Maximillian Pionus!  I flat out refused to leave the area, lucky there were no other tourists in the group!  Ina and one of the guides biked on ahead but later on, he said he didnīt see anything else.  The other guide finally managaed to drag me away from the parrot trees kicking and screaming!  LOL!! 

We reconfirmed with the people from Projecto Arara Azul for tomorrow.  Cezar and one of the volunteers who spoke English-Julianne would be taking us with them on their normal daily routine.  Neiva Greves, the manager was out of the area so I didnīt get to meet her.  Cezar runs the show in the field now with help of 3 volunteers.

Dinner was at 7:30, a nice buffet.  Some of the other yellow group tourists had started to arrive, quite a mix-Americans, French, Belgians and Dutch.  We made an early night so we could get up early for tomorrow.
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