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Pantanal

Kaymans and hammocks

sunny 18 °C

After the bumpiest 15 hour train journey in the world (the guide book hails this particular journey as the death train due to the number of times it has come off the tracks....) we thankfully arrived within a stones throw of the Brazilian border. We nearly didn't make it across the border, as yet again in South America they stamped our passports as if we had arrived after we had actually left...

With formalities out of the way we headed straight for the Pantanal, the largest freshwater wetland in the world. We were immediatley surrounded by wildlife...

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Daddy Kayman

...these boys were everywhere. We trundled along a few dirt roads getting further and further into the bush until we found our home for the following two nights.

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Nic hanging out

Still knackered from the night before, we unpacked and tested the hammocks. After a snooze we went on a boat ride checking out water pigs, huge birds, more kaymans and lots of parrots as the sun set.

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Beer and cigar - great combo

Camp fire in full flow, out came the beer and a few smokes. The following day we headed to a huge lake where piranhas live! Fresh meat in hand we tempted these snappy chappies out, licking our lips as each one made it to the bank - these lucky fish were going to be our dinner that night!

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It had big teeth - My Pirahana

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Biggest catch of the day by the smallest person there!

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Yum yum - dinner that night

That afternoon, for the first time whilst travelling, we swung our legs over a couple of horses and hit the ranch. Great fun, they galloped on there own accord and pretty much didn't pay any attention to us!

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Clip clip cliperty clop

Posted by nicdavid 00:48 Archived in Brazil

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