Wings and Jaws: Day 1
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Our Pantanal trip started at the respectable hour of 1130am after a leisurely brekkie. The bus took about 4 hours to reach the park entrance and from here we hopped into the back of a truck for the bouncy journey to our camp site.
We stopped at the lodge to drop off those who opted for rooms over camping, our new friends Jo and Ross included, and from there we had another 45 minutes along the dirt track further into the park. By now it was getting dark and the temperature had dropped considerably. It was freezing!
Along the way we spotted what must have been hundreds of caimans (a type of alligator). We also saw plenty of birds and parrots, plus racoons, a capuchin monkey and the very rare giant anteater (it was massive, it looked like a bear).
We arrived at our campsite and got a tent (instead of the hammock option in a hut). After putting on every item of clothing we had taken, we enjoyed dinner with the other campers and met the campsite kitten and dogs. We met our guide, Paulo, and were told that the breakfast bell would ring at 6am and we would be going on our first activity at 7. The shock set in.
After dinner, we sat around the campfire to chat and to keep warm! The first night was a very cold experience, we had forgotten what it is like to be so cold, and to sleep in 2 fleeces, hat,scarf, gloves and thermals.