Wings and Jaws: Day 2
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As promised, the breakfast bell rang at 6am and we struggled out of the tent into the freezing cold morning air. Blurry eyed (and not bushy tailed) we forced ourselves to eat some breakfast and then hurried to get ready for our 7am trip. Our first activity was a jungle trek and after a jeep ride further into the park, we began walking through the Pantanal...
We saw plenty of birds and a few mammals but also enjoyed the fresh air and peace. There were no other people and not a spot of litter anywhere. We spotted beautiful toucans, huge blue macaws (very rare apparently), a lesser (ie small) anteater, lots of caimans (alligator type thing), loads of other birds like white herons, stalks (they were as big as people), an armadillo, a coati, a family of howler monkeys and a monk deer.
Back to the lodge for lunch and a few hours of chilling out in the now very hot sunshine and plenty of time to make a fuss of the resident kitten and dogs.
After lunch, we went to a farm where we got into the saddle and went for a fantastic horse-ride. There were a few caymans lying around the edge of the lake and the horses didn´t batter an eyelid at them! Not far into the trek, the guide spotted an anaconda snake in the lake. Unfortunately, he felt it necessary to drag it out of the water to show us, despite our protests (the others in the group didn´t seem to mind as they got a close-up photo of the anaconda). It was a big snake and great to see, but we preferred to see him how he was found. Not quite the ´ecological´tour we were expecting.
The horse trek took us along a lovely route through the Pantanal and we spotted giant river otters and lots of birds along the way. Somewhere along the route, a huge caiman was having a snooze in our path so we had to take a wide route around him!
We had a great sunset enjoyed from horseback as we got close to the farm. Driving back in the dark on the way back to the campsite we spotted foxes and capybaras running into the road, an owl and lots of bats swooping in front of the truck, and a few caymans reluctantly got out of the road for us to pass.