23rd February, Anavilhanas – Manaus – Campo Grande
8am departure to Manaus.
2.5 hour road trip.
Quick tour of Manaus:
– Opera House (photos accidentally deleted)
– Local food market
– Meeting of Rio Negro and Rio Solimoes
Lunch at regional restaurant
16:10 JJ3435 Manaus to Brasilia
21:16 JJ 3591 Brasilia to Campo Grande
(Rain in Manaus)
24th February, Campo Grande to Pantanal
Breakfast at hotel.
10am to airport.
Cessna 210 to Pantanal.
Fazenda Barra Mansa. Only guests. Middle of very wet season.
All meals at lodge.
Afternoon boat ride along Rio Negro. Caimans, caipiberas, otters, loads of birds.
Dinner at lodge. Lodge is very basic. Hardest beds in the world! We had a guide, Luis, with us the whole time.
(Rain in morning, clearing)
Morning boat trip to Vasante or flood plain.
Lunch – wild pig!
Afternoon explore by tractor
– anteaters, macaws, deer, birds
Dinner at lodge.
(Clearing in morning. Lunch shower)
Breakfast at lodge. Typical Brazilian.
Piranha fishing in morning. No one caught anything!
Lunch at lodge.
Lazy afternoon then short horse ride at 4:30pm.
Dinner at lodge. Rice, beans, chicken, salad.
(Mostly sunny but rain showers)
Morning trip to salt lake. Ash’s tummy no good again.
Late afternoon horse ride.
Dinner – dorado soup, fried piranha and pacu.
(Mostly sunny, some showers. Hot and humid)