After a great time in the Pantanal, we took a bus to Corumba for a couple of days so that we could regroup and get ready for Bolivia and organise our transport to Santa Cruz . Also, immigration was closed for 2 days which made crossing into Bolivia impossible. While we were in the Pantanal lots of people who had been going in the other direction had told us about the Death Train between the Bolivian Border and Santa Cruz.
The Jungle Inca Trail is an alternative to the original commercial Inca trail, taking you on a different route, and including the option to do a number of other activities along the way. This was without doubt going to be one of the highlights of our trip, so we were very excited. Read on to learn more about the Jungle Inca Trail, and how it went!
The third day had a different feel to it, slightly more relaxing but we were also leaving the Pantanal which would be a relief from mosquitoes, but would also mean we had to leave this great place.
We apologise for another very delayed post but here is the second installment of our time in the Pantanal, which unlike the first day had very few mosquitoes… NOT. This time we had a jungle trek and piranha fishing to look forward to!
Yes I know, it is slightly (very) belated but I have finally gotten around to writing about our time in the Pantanal. There is so much to write about, I have decided to split into three posts, one for each of the days we were there. Read on to find out a bit more about Ecological Expeditions Pantanal Tours, the company we booked with, as well as the Jeep Safari, Boat Ride, and Night Safari.
Ok, so I should be writing about the Pantanal right now, but we arrived in Sucre today after our first Bolivian bus journey and it is worth talking about! We had heard the stories but it was hard to tell what was exaggerated and what wasn’t. After last night’s experiences, I think it is safe to say most of them are probably true!
The Pantanal, an area of vast wetlands, the biggest in the world, covering an estimated 54,000 square miles, and stretching from Brazil into parts of Bolivia and Paraguay. In another words, a really really massive swamp! Crammed with thousands of species of animals, a massive variety of plants and many an adventure, the Pantanal was somewhere we wanted to visit, and visit we did!
After a 15 hour bus journey from Sao Paulo, we were hoping Foz Do Iguacu would live up to our expectations. In case you don’t already know, the Iguacu falls is a series of over 275 gigantic waterfalls that lie on the borders of Brazil and Argentina covering an area over 3km wide making the Iguacu falls wider than Niagara!
We had always planned to visit Sao Paulo while we were in Brazil, but we weren’t looking forward to it that much because we had heard a lot of negative things about it. Its really dangerous, there is nothing to do, it always rain etc etc. Well I can tell you now that from our experiences none of that is true!
After a rather unsuccessful, but never the less enjoyable first day we where determined to do better. Our determination paid off and we managed to avoid getting lost and saw some of Rio De Janeiro’s most famous sites. Yes!