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Disappointment in the Pantanal - Feb 5-8, 2008 (JRS)

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

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The Pantanal - The highest density of wildlife in South America, or so the books say.  After our experience there, I don´t doubt that the claim is true, we certainly saw quite a bit of wildlife: caimen (alligators), parrots, toucans, parakeets, hoards of other birds, deer, fox, trantulas (and many other creepies), and even R.O.U.S´s (Rodents of Unusual Size, for those who haven´t seen The Princess Bride).  Unfortunately, it was all a bit overshadowed by a poorly-run tour agency - Gil´s Pantanal Discovery.

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CARNIVAL!, Monday, Feb 4 (LAS)

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

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Carnival in Rio is every-bit as impressive as the hype!  It is a pricey experience, but the costumes and the music of Sambadromo are worth the price to see in person at least once! We also had some very friendly Brazilians near us who were happy to share insight into the parade.  They kept us posted on the famous Brazilians in the parade and their favorite schools and why.  It was great!

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RIO!, Sat-Mon, Feb 2-4 (LAS)

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

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Rio wasn´t quite as scary as we were told that it might be.  We had a great time enjoying the festivities around carnival.  We were a little disappointed with the weather-but in general had a great time.  We also enjoyed the company of our college buddy, Mike, and a friend of his (Sami) for the festivities in Rio!

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Amazon:3, Stauchy:5; Tues-Fri, Jan 22-Feb 1 (JRS)

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

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We spent Tues and Wed settling on a tour agency and preparing for our Amazonian experience.  Given that we had so much time before our flight to Rio for Carnival (more than we expected because of our change in plans in Trinidad, Brazil), we had some very cool individualized options to choose from.  We settled on a private trip through Iguana Tours.  We spent 7 nights/8 days based from their private lodging on Lake Juma and headed into the wilds with Negao, our private guide.  We had some reservations with his lack of ability to speak English, but decided to give it a whirl.  It turned out to be a great decision!

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