Brazil

I have been in a fairly remote region of Brazil called the Pantanal, near the border of Bolivia. It was about 26 hours by bus from Rio de Janeiro. I went trekking for 3 days there and learned tons about the ecosystem there. I had the chance to see many new and interesting animals like toucan, macaw, capybara, caiman alligator, parrot, parakeet, deer, stork and tons more. I got to hold an anaconda and it wrapped it self around my hand... I'm ok though.

The wildlife in the Pantanal is amazing. There is so much of it. I went piranha fishing as well. The teeth on those things are very sharp and big. We had catfish, dourado and piranha for dinner a few nights ago. Piranha is boney, but definitely worth the experience. I kept the whole jaw.

One of the highlights was a sunrise walk at about 5 am to see the sun come up over the Pantanal. It was so colorful and the birds get so loud in the morning at sunrise with their song. Now, I am in a town called Bonito, about 4 hours or so from the Paraguayan border, which is where I am headed in just over an hour from now. I will go through the town of Ponta Pora on the Brazilian side, try to go to church somewhere in Paraguay tomorrow (which will be nice in Spanish) and go see one of the natural wonders of the world, Iguaçu Falls, which has parts in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. depending on time and money, I would like to get to see a bit of Argentina as well. I hear the beef there is amazing. I am learning quite a bit of Portuguese. It comes fairly easy having Spanish as a base.

At the beginning of the trip, I went to Rio de Janeiro. Absolutely amazing! The views from the Christ Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf are breathtaking. If you can overlook the slums, it is really one of the most beautifully captivating cities in the world. There is lots to say, but I should start again on my journey to Paraguay....