|Sunset in the Pantanal|
The highlight of our visit to the beautiful Pantanal in South-West Brazil was undoubtedly the jaguar sighting on our first day. However, we also enjoyed the rest of our stay at the Pousada Santa Clara - which is about 5 hours out of Campo Grande.
|The pool area at Santa Clara|
And when we arrived at Santa Clara, we were pleased to be introduced to the resident peccaries.
We were also amazed by the number of exotic birds flying in around the pousada, as well as on our trips out.
|Blue macaw in flight|
James became particularly obsessed with trying to photograph the beautiful blue macaws. He managed to get a couple of shots, but they frustrated him by continuing to land in the shade or fly past when he least expected it.
|The colour of the blue macaws is beautiful|
After the excitement of our first day, we spent the rest of our stay animal and bird spotting, horse-riding, wading through rivers on nature walks, snoozing in the hammocks and sampling the homemade cachaça!
|Are you sure its this way?|
|What a wingspan!|
I particularly enjoyed spotting toucans and James got some great pictures.
|Toucan in flight|
Overall, our stay at Santa Clara was a success. Some of the activities weren't quite as conducive to seeing as much wildlife as we would have liked - such as the night safari, which involved as driving along the road in a noisy truck. And on the nature walks, we may have seen a bit more if there had been fewer of us tramping through the trees.
However, we did get to see lots of monkeys, a whole range of beautiful exotic birds, endless caiman, deer, tapir, capybara and of course two jaguar! The food at the lodge was also good, plentiful and very vegetarian friendly. And we were with a great bunch of people.
The Pantanal is an undoubtedly beautiful area of Brazil. However, if you do go, don't forget to be very liberal with the mozzie spray.You have been warned!
Where we stayed - Brazil (includes more info on Santa Clara)
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The Tale of the Sugar Loaf and the White Christ
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