Brasil 6: Jaguars, the Transpantaneira and Porto Jofre in the northern Pantanal

The following day was a long day driving through the agricultural fields of Mato Grosso via Rondonopolis, Juscimeira then towards Cuiabá, where we found a camping opportunity at a restaurant and playpark called Sinuela.

Very friendly owners, we were allowed to park approx. 300m off the highway next to their house, clean ablutions and showers – all for free as we ate dinner at the restaurant! A busy highway, trucks from Bolivia as well as from Manaus seem to pass Cuibá at a rate of at least 600 per hour in this region, so driving was strenuous.

We were now reaching the edge of the northern Pantanal – 5200km since we started from Montevideo about a month ago.

From Cuiabá going south via Poconé (not a pretty town but an interesting entrance arch) there was only one dead-end road ending at Porto Jofre – the Transpantaneira – an elevated dirt road crossing as many as 125 little bridges on as many kilometres. The road originally was destined to go all the way into Bolivia. However, each year the road was flooded so the plan did not work out. Today a number of pousadas along this road offer opportunities to observe birds and to see jaguars.

We drove about 35km in and decided to call it a day at Pousada Rio Claro – the heat was intense, we could park and camp here, use their cool pool and clean ablutions. The afternoon’s boatride with other birders proved to be a good choice seeing Osprey and falcons; so was the next mornings rowing with a guide watching caimans, various birds of prey and a beautiful juvenile Rufescent Tiger Heron.

We were hardly back at the lodge, when the predicted rain set in and did it pour down – we had no choice other that to remain put and catch up with pictures and blog writing. For 3 months the region had no rain, the smell of the first downpour reminded us of Africa. The landscape soon was flooded and made it impossible to camp – so we took one of their rooms and were lucky that the lodge was not yet fully booked for the night (as it was for the next). It was quite different to be in a room the first time since we started a month ago. During the evening’s game drive we saw a number of raccoons, foxes, and frogs that sounded like sheep.

Next morning, we took another boat trip and then proceeded along the Pantaneira towards Hotel Mato Grosso situated on the Rio Pixaím, where we had heard that the birdlife was prolific. On the way we saw a nesting Jabirú stork with two chicks in a large tree.

The friendly staff at the hotel permitted us to camp close to the gate, use the bathrooms and the pool. The following morning, we were woken by the cacophony of many different bird species – probably the best we have ever had camping anywhere.

Dieter and Beate Reiser, whom we had met at the previous lodge had slept in a room and envied us for the bird concert in the morning. Our morning boat tour was good but we did not see any new species of birds except a Ferruginous pygmy owl in a tree at the hotel.

We were not lucky to see the elusive Agami Heron which tends to hide in the undergrowth along river banks in this area.


So we proceeded towards Porto Jofre in the hope of seeing jaguars and camped at the Pantanal Jaguar Camp.


Porto Jofre is very small, essentially consisting of the hotel by this name, the Municipal camp, the Jaguar Camp and possible one or two more. Jaguars can best be seen up the river by boat, so we booked our first boat tour for the next morning. Not knowing any better, we also booked a boat at the Pantanal Norte Porto Jofre Hotel. Behind the hotel we visited a pond with giant water lilies.

While leaving the Jaguar camp by vehicle we spotted our first Sunbittern – a bird that looks like a butterfly in flight. Unfortunately we did not catch it on a photo while flying – it is magnificent to see.

Towards sunset we took a drive back along the Pantaneira, saw more nesting Jabirú, black-headed Capucchin monkeys and plenty other birds.

Next morning our first boat drive went for 40 minutes high speed upstream to get to the area where jaguars could be spotted. We spotted the male jaguar named Geoff, a seasoned caiman hunter, up on an embankment. What a sight – he bore all the marks of a fighter and hunter.


We briefly glimpsed two more male jaguars while searching the tributaries. Our guide Marcos, a biologist, explained in good English about the behavior and territories of the jaguars. An index has been started to identify them by their markings. Jaguars in this area are much larger and stronger than in the Amazon due to their prolific diet of caimans –they are in fact after Tiger and Lion the third largest cats.

Back at the jaguar camp we got to know Ailton, the owner, who currently was helping filming crews with land based camera traps. Their boats are well equipped for filming the Jaguars ashore.

The owner explained to us the history of jaguar sighting here in the Panatanal – it is due to the fishermen, that the tourist industry was started after they realized that regular sightings occurred. The adjacent farmers still loose some livestock, but have started using water buffalo as a buffer zone to protect cattle and sheep. The water buffalo are not indigenous but ended in the area when a ship wrecked further north transporting them. A great concern however is the possibility of poaching Jaguars for the Chinese market, similar to the reasons that African cats are being decimated for their bones and teeth to be used as aphrodisiacs.

For the next night we moved to Camping Municipal –a mistake! The view was good on the river, the rest was lousy – immensely dirty bathrooms (not being cleaned despite our request), many mozzies, and the whole night the generator was running. Karin got the worst share of bites.The only compensation was seeing more Hyazinth macaws.

Next morning 6am we left per boat from the Porto Jofre hotel, a mere 200m away from the campsite. The trip with Luciano, the guide and boat captain and only us as pax, rewarded us with exceptional sightings: giant river otters in the water and on land, close sighting of two Jaguars growling at each other (later identified as Patricia, the mother, having cubs close by and Hunter, her adult daughter) and a snake-like striped worm lizard.

On further trips with the Jaguar camp boat we were very lucky to observe a caiman hunt by Geoff, the old experience caiman hunter. We could follow the Jaguar on land and in the water until he finally cornered and caught a mid-sized caiman in some dense growth.

A bonus was to see the migrant Swallowtail kite above.

On our return journey along the Pantaneira we counted 90 wooden bridges up to the Mato Grosso Hotel, where we stayed again and this time could observe the shy Agami heron on a morning boat trip as well as other birds.

Our route then took us via Cuiabá (where we shopped at the best supermarket on our entire trip – Biglar Supermercado – we spoiled ourselves) and continued towards Chapada where our night was spent at Camping Refugio das Seriemas, a very small private camp of average standard.

The tourist office was not very helpful, so we explored the area and visited the bridal fall (Veú de Noiva), a 85m scenic waterfall. Next we ended up camping at a site we saw advertised by a sign along the road and were surprised to find ourselves the only guests at Camping Acamporto, with a clear river to bathe in ( rio Coxipó). Brand new banõs and a cold water drinking fountain made the stay pleasant in the 40 deg C heat.

We visited the town Bom Jardim, swam in the clear waters of balneario Estivado with shoals of fish, observed hooded capuchin monkeys frolicking in the trees above our vehicle.

Then drove to Lagoa das Arraras where many parrots were observed.

On our southbound return we again took the MS 427, our “Anteater“ road –this time we were more lucky and saw another giant anteater. After arriving at camping Soy Assis, Dieter got spontaneously roped into a cooking class by a group of students and prepared with them a trucker’s dinner, drank a lot and had immense fun.

Leaving the area we had a farewell moment with our favourite bird showing off in its nesting palm:

On our way many stalls sold handcrafted pots and pans.

From here we speedily made our way to Foz de Iguaću, where we got the vehicle serviced by Toyota Zeni (first did not want to service the VX100 at all as it is not sold in Brasil, we were not satisfied with their service, skipped lubrication of essential parts) and paid a visit to the second largest hydro station, the dam Itaipú – meaning singing stone in Guaraní – a joint venture between Brasil and Paraguay (170km long, 12-15km wide, 170m deep at the wall, 14000MW, each penstock 10m diameter).


Distance travelled since leaving Montevideo to here had been 8170km.


This post covers 1st -17th October 2018


Brasil 5: On the road towards the northern Pantanal

Our route now took us north to Miranda – this town used to be the capital of Matto Grosso do Sul in its heyday – now a relatively rundown town with little to show for.

So we carried on and decided to camp at the Hotel Passo do Lonta on the Miranda river for two nights.

Since they do not normally cater for campers we could use the ablutions at the entrance. Again, in South American style, the toilets were suddenly locked at night and we really had to negotiate to be allowed to shower the next day.  A morning boat tour took us up to the tributary Red River, where the Pantanal reserve starts – however, we did not see too many exciting birds we did not know already. Howler monkeys provided the early morning wake up call.

As we continued north, the next camping spot was at Camping and Pousada Santa Clara – a pleasant pousada with a camping site about 500m away.


Here we stayed for another two nights and during the day we followed the main track leading north towards Corumba –this road was the main game drive opportunity in this area and was passing over many wooden bridges with lagoons.


We observed many different birds, as well as giant otters and a special highlight were our first sightings of Hyacinth Macaws and Jabirú storks. On a side road we saw many Roseate Spoonbills gathered at a pan lined with Caymans.

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We also briefly observed a juvenile Boat-billed Heron, spotted a Tapir and even caught a glimpse of a Cougar (Puma).


It was time to proceed further north, via Miranda we drove in the direction of Campo Grande but then turned of at Aquidauana onto a dirt road dubbed “anteater road” as other overlanders had reportedly seen five anteaters on this stretch. We were not so lucky –however it is a scenic back road passing many fazendas at the foot of a mountain range, we could observe gaucho catching young bulls and ended wild camping near a wooden bridge, hidden from view but then had rain throughout the night.


The following day was a long day driving through the agricultural fields of Matto Grosso via Rondonopolis, Juscimeira towards Cuiaba, where we found a camping opportunity at a restaurant and playpark called Sinuela. Very friendly owners, we were allowed to park approx. 300m off the highway next to their house, clean ablutions and showers – all for free as we ate dinner at the restaurant! A busy highway, trucks from Bolivia as well as Manaus seem to pass Cuiba at a rate of at least 600 per hour in this region, so driving was strenuous.

We were now reaching the edge of the northern Pantanal – 5200km since we started from Montevideo about a month ago.

This post covers 25th Sept to 1st October 2017

Brasil 4: Southern Pantanal in Mato Grosso do Sul

We pushed on, keen to get to the southern Pantanal, our route took us via Apucarana to Paranavai, where we called it a day and we parked at a huge and busy truckstop for the night – together with approx. 50 rigs or more. From here we drove to Novo Londrina, crossed the large Rio Paranapanema, passed over the 10km long damwall of the Usina Hidreléctrica Sergio Motta, which is a 150km long dam in the Rio Parana called Repr.Porto Primavera. All along the typical Mato Grosso do Sul cattle ranches farms accompanied us.

Then we passed Nova Andradina, Deodápolis, north via Maracajú and finally camped at Seu Assis ( for Real 30 pPpN) after we had left the town of Jardim behind.  We had now reached the start of the southern Panatanal in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. At this campsite we observed a number of birds, including the beautiful bare-faced Curassows (Muitú), some Tucan Grande and smaller animals like Agoutis and Capybaras. In the evening we were surprised by the many fireflies around us.

It had taken us 3660km from Montevideo to get to the start of the south Pantanal.

Before proceeding to Bonito, we decided to pay a visit to the closely situated park Baraco de Araras – not quite sure what to expect. This sanctuary is a 100ha farm,which, after it was bought the owner, he discovered that 30ha of it could not be used due to a big sinkhole approx. 70m deep – it then turned out that red-white green-winged Macaws were nesting on its sheer walls.

The owner decided to plant more Butiá palms, clean up the debris in the sinkhole (even some skeletons were found (a vintage Brasilia vehicle still is unrecovered and overgrown) and today there are about 30 breeding pairs and in total about 100 Macaws that have made it their home thanks to the foresight of the owner.

This is worth a visit if you are in the area.

Bonito is a small town entirely geared around the many tourist attractions of the area.

We booked a snorkeling outing down the Sucuri river at Estancia Barra do Sucuri as well as a visit to the nearby Gruta de Laguna Azul, a grotto with a clear blue lake in it. For the night we camped at Camping Rio Formosa next to the municipal balneario – a quiet night awaited us, plenty of birds including some green-winged Macaws feeding in the wild mulberry trees as well as some Tucan Grande. An afternoon swim in the Rio Formoso cooled us down, the waters relatively clear with small fish deciding to nibble on our legs.

The snorkel trip at Barra do Sucuri consisted of rowing upstream for about 1400m then snorkelling down in the clear waters while observing Dorado and other fish species. A wetsuit and booties were issued with mask and snorkel. It was enjoyable but we were told by other participants afterwards, that the Rio Prata is much clearer and the fish more plentiful and larger and we should consider visiting it as well.

After we were given safety instructions, signed the customary indemnity forms and donned the hard hats, the climb down the 305 steps in the Gruta Lago Azul was quite manageable and we marvelled at the 90m deep clear and azure blue waters of the lake.

For the night we camped at Balneario do Gordo a few km out of town, a little more rustic, but quite nice. Here we met the young French couple Jeremy and Sophie, whom we will probably meet again during the next months as they also intend to be in Patagonia in summer.

After booking for Rio Prata in town at the dive shop, we returned to Camping Seu Assis in the afternoon as the Rio Prata snorkelling was to be quite close by. Being a Saturday night we found a few other campers and day visitors, however it remained quiet and nobody decided to party through the night. A group of locals immediately welcomed us and invited us to a typical Brasilian dinner for the night. It was a stew as the truckers often have it and tasted delicious.

At 9:30 our snorkel trip at Recanto Eco Rio da Prata would start, so we left early and had luck in being able to observe a giant anteater on the way.

The snorkelling down the Rio Prata was really excellent and can be recommended.

After a short trip by vehicle to the forest near by, a 2km walk through forest followed with the guide, we finally reached the spring of the stream – Olho de Agua –the eye of the water, an underwater hole where this river starts. The water was crystal clear, plenty of fish and by the time the stream joined the Rio Prata, we were surrounded by large and old Dorados and many other species we did not know. Never before have we been in such clear waters, in the stream we estimated 50m visibility, or better. This trip can be strongly recommended, it is longer (about 2 hours drifting), well organised and well worth the extra money spent.




As we had to do some shopping before departing towards the northern Pantanal, we decided to camp at Pousada Peralta just outside Bonito, where we watched in the late afternoon gauchos practicing the lassoing of a calf (artificial and pulled by a motorcycle). To our surprise 3 bus-campers arrived late suddenly and we were surrounded by luxurious giants for the night.

This post covers 18-24th September 2017

Brasil 3: Up the southern coast of Brasil

It really helps to have good friends in foreign places. Within 3 days after arriving in Montevideo, Uruguay, we were ready to hit the road again – thanks to Burkhard and Anke Schleicher, who have now moved closer to Montevideo onto a small holding at Atlantida,approximately 45 minutes from the international airport. During our absence Burkhard had the vehicle serviced and well looked after. I did a small modification on the electrical system so that the C-tek charger is no longer mounted permanently. We recharged all the batteries, reconnected the new auxiliary battery and Burkhard assisted with purchasing from BSE the SOA insurance for Uruguay – Seguro Obligatorio third party insurance. Most companies can only insure vehicles with local number plates (placa) –this would be a problem for us for quite a while until we found better ways. Burkhard had also completed two containers to house motorcycles for overland travellers by bike, including sleeping quarters.

As always filling up the vehicle in Uruguay hurts – R18 per litre and requiring close on 210litres.

Then we moved on to our other friends, Jürgen and Gisa Hecker in Punta Ballena further towards Punta del Este, where we spent another 3 days relaxing and doing the necessary shopping for the trip. We took a drive to Piriapolis, where we visited Piria’s house, the founder of the town and had tea at the old hotel Argentina, also built by him as well as the church, today reduced to just ruins.

The border town of Chuy was our first goal after a night’s camping in the forest of Fort Santa Teresa where we already had stayed on the downward journey.

At the border we had a small hiccup – according to Brazilian customs our vehicle had never left the country the previous year when we had visited the Iguaçu falls. However, the officials were happy to see in our passports that we had left to Paraguay and rectified the omission – after some 20 minutes we could pass. Then the question arose whether we needed the Carta Verde – the obligatory third part insurance. However, at the Carta Verde office along the route to the border the lady advised she can only issue it to local vehicles and we had to go to Cambio3 in town – who in turn advised us that we should look elsewhere, they were not selling it at all. In the end we had no choice and proceeded without it, despite our best efforts. ( we were forced to travel all through Brazil without this insurance – not advisable – read in a further blog post where we dug up a company in Salta with head office in Mendoza –Argentina- where you can get cover for all the countries and arrange it via internet in advance)[search for Triunfo Seguros or Speiser Seguros -both can help]

We managed to travel another 102km up to the small coastal town of Hermenegildo, where we camped at Pachuca camping, simple but clean ablutions with hot water and Wifi (Real 24 for 2 persons, approx. ZAR 100). In this area of Brazil many wind turbines are erected, during our stay on this part of the coast the wind never died down.  The sea is brown and rough and much storm damage to the holiday houses was evident along the beach. Due to the tide being very high (full moon) we decided against traveling the 200km along the beach to Rio Grande on our own.

As we travelled further north inland the next day we realised that the area must have had plenty of rain – along the road all the fields were flooded, cattle grazed in the water and we saw many Capybaras on the shores of small lakes as we passed. The area was generally very clean with little rubbish along this stretch. We reached the harbour town of Rio Grande and took a tour through the city to find the jetty where we had to catch the ferry the next day. Then we made our way past large fertiliser, oil and container terminals as well as a shipyard. We had not seen THAT many large trucks for a long time waiting to be loaded and unloaded. We then drove south to the town of Cassino where we camped at the camping site Ferroviários for Real 50 (ZAR 220) and took a stroll to the beach. Heavy showers surprised us during the night and we were very happy to notice that our roof tent was still not showing any leaks after two years of usage.

Next morning we waited at the ferry and were lucky to catch the 10:00 one to São José do Norte (30 minutes, Real 33.50) and continued to the North inbetween the Atlantic and Lagoa dos Patos, flat terrain with many smaller farmers. We turned down to the seaside village of Bacupari where we found a sheltered private camping site along Lago Bacupari for Real 20 pP including hot shower, Wifi and a tame Capybara named Tuketuc. It gave us a chance to feel their hairy texture and hear the grinding sound they make – barely audible and highly pitched.

Moving on we decided to pass Porto Alegre, being a large city and we could not detect anything worth seeing. At Osorio we turned down towards the Atlantic – an area full of holiday park developments and water amusement parks, continued along the BR101 highway northwards and stopped for the night at the surfer town of Garopaba – at Camping Lagoamar we could not enter as there was a VW Kombi gathering, so we took a stand on the RV parking section amidst large RV all connected up.

For supper we decided to walk down the windy beach and enjoyed prawns and pasta with a beer named “Eisenbahn”, which seemed to be a popular brew here beside “Bierbaum” and “Schornstein Bier”. The area seems to have a number of German craft brewers.

Next morning we took a trip through the little town and proceeded towards Florianópolis (called Floripa by the locals) along the highway BR1010 where a speed of 110km is permitted, however electronic radar traps abound.

Floripa is a large city consisting of an industrial part on the mainland and a more residential part on the Ilha Santa Catarina – sometimes confusing to drive due to the many one way streets – a few times excited drivers coming towards us gesticulated that we were not quite observing the traffic rules. The problem was that the are no prominent signs indicating one ways  and, if lucky, there is a small arrow on the street name sign. As we realised later, this seems to be the standard signage in many countries.


In the northern suburb Canasveieras we found a quiet camping spot at Caminho do Rei, where we had hot showers, could wash some laundry but the Wifi was very slow.

On Sunday we took a drive around the island Santa Catarina and frequented some of the beaches and surf spots – we particularly enjoyed the area around Praia Mocambique, as it was along the nature park Estadenal Rio de Vermelho and not developed.

Many of the other beaches were all fronted by condominiums and difficult to park and to access. Returning late afternoon we decided to spent another night at Caminho de Rei Camping and it offered us a good opportunity to have a decent piece of beef on our braai.

After an early breakfast and sorting the not-so-dry freshly washed clothing we ventured into the old part of Santa Catalina which really tested Karin’s navigation skills on the i-Pad – one way streets, not clearly marked, but Pocket Earth was our saviour as so often and we found parking close to the cathedral and plaza, which was dominated by an wonderful old ficus tree.

From here we proceeded north past São José and Itapema on a busy highway. The number of trucks on the roads in Brazil required concentration especially in our right-hand drive vehicle. At a wonderful small town with an excellent surfer beach, Balnerario Camboriú, we got lured into a seafood restaurant – excellent and more expensive than expected (large platter for two and drinks – Real 206).

No regrets, it was very good and our last opportunity to sample the local seafood as our route was now taking us inland to Blumenau, through the heartland of underwear, swimwear and leggings manufacturers – tempting placards and small shops all along the way.

At Blumenau we found camping very close to the famous Oktoberfest venue at Camping Florestal, Real 50 for 2 in a lawned backyard of a business amongst some highrise buildings. Pity the little stream running past smelled of sewage, we parked closer to a wall only to realize next morning very early it was a bus depot and busses left around 5am.

However, it was convenient to walk from here to Villa Germanica, which hosts the annual Oktoberfest –the biggest in Brasil. Here you can buy all paraphernalia required to look Bavarian for the occasion –beermugs, hats, Dirndl outfits, lederhosen – but hardly any German was spoken.

After visiting the town centre to buy a SIM card at Vivo for our hotspot ( Real 40 for 4.8Gb per month) and to see some of the German-influenced architecture and we visited the modern cathedral.

Thereafter we proceeded to Pomerode, another neat town established by German immigrants. We decided to proceed via Jaraguá do Sol and turned down to Corupa (plenty banana plantations here) where we stayed at Camping Rio Novo, in order to climb up the trail in the Reserva Battistella along 13 waterfalls (6km total) ending with the 125m high Salto Grande.

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We continued on the BR280 via Rio Negrinho, Mafra, Unio da Victória and took the gravel road to Porto Victório,

along Rio Iguaçu, and then northerly to Bituruma, hilly landscapes with a lot of agriculture, finally ending in Entre Rios at hangar 03 at the little airport just outside Village 01,where we received a friendly welcome by owner Walter Milla and Karoline Heinrich. A very inviting post on i-Overlander lured us here.

Walter’s crop spray airplanes are parked here and we learned that Entre Rios consists of 5 villages of the German Donauschwaben that have emigrated here and build a thriving community based on a cooperative system. When the 500 families arrived in 1950, 12-20sqm houses were built cooperatively, all the same using the Araucaria wood and every family received a 5000sqm plot with adjacent 1ha field and 100ha to be paid back. It is amazing what they have developed since – intensive agriculture with some farmers having 20000ha under crops, a very large silo storage as well as a malting works that supplies 17% of Brazil’s malt. No longer are any of the original dwellings used, they have made way to large and modern houses, a museum, hospital and administration complex. Next day Siegfried Milla, Walters father, was our host and tour guide and we visited the interesting museum as well as the memorial house of the previous co-ops president, Mathias and Elizabeth Leh.

Karoline owns Brot& Café in town where you can have traditional lunch or just a cup of coffee and excellent cake. Also not to be missed is an evening at the brewery and restaurant Donau Bier!.

From this community we learned that close by was a similarly successful Dutch colony and we decided it would be worth visiting Carambei. We wanted to see the Parque Historico where we were told overnighting with an RV was possible –although no baheiro (bathrooms) being a problem by night. Through our contact with Douwtje van Westering, a guide of Cooptur in Carambei, we met Dick van Geus, whose family owned the land where the historical Parque has been developed on and finally parked at a private facenda owned by Gerda van Geus and had a wonderful evening at this friendly and welcoming community. Our knowledge of Afrikaans certainly broke the ice but a number of people here also spoke German.

The park also houses an interesting collection of butterflies and moths gathered over many years by Adolpho Los.

If travelers are interested, contact Douwtje for a tour.

Next morning we continued towards Tibagi, on the way we wanted to see a canyon in the Parque Estadual do Guartelá – closed on Mondays like many other attractions like the museum in Castrolanda – it seems Mondays all attractions are closed in this region.

This blog covers 1-17th September 2017

Brasil 2: Foz de Iguaçu seen from the Brasil side

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Die brasilianische Seite der Iguaçu Fälle ist spektakulär und hat auch uns begeistert. Touristisch gut organisiert, bei unserem Besuch nicht überfüllt gewesen, sollte bei einem Besuch Südamerikas sicher nicht ausgelassen werden.

Seeing the Iguaçu falls from the Brazilian side is indeed special. Entering the parc, the bus service into the area is very well organised and convenient. Following our helicopter ride as part of Uwe’s birthday, gave us an overview from above and we were lucky to be the last trip of the day before the rains set in.

In town do not miss the Confiteria Jauense – best Capucchino and icecream you will find in a long time – you find the café in the Ave Juscolino Kubitscheck.

Staying at the camping site “Camping Internaçional” was pleasant and we met a number of other overlanders. Serita looked after us -the daughter of Mathilde who started the site and it used to be known under the name Camping International German. , tel +55-4535298183, email:

This part covers 26-28th May 2016.

Brasil 1: Parques das Aves, Foz de Iguaçu,Brasil

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Parques das Aves ist sicher einer der schönsten Vogelparks der Welt. Hier ist es uns vergönnt einen Eindruck der Vögel zu bekommen, die wir gerne in Südamerika sehen würden. Wie zB die seltene Harpie, der stärkste Greifvogel überhaupt. Bonus: auch aus anderen Teilen der Welt sind Vögel zu sehen.

Although we generally dislike zoos and animals in captivity, we got persuaded to visit this bird park. It is generous in the space it provides to flying birds inside large averies. We are wondering how many we shall be able to see in the wild on our trip since spotting birds in the jungle will be difficult. We can recommend a visit to this park as it is rare to see birds like the Harpy eagle anywhere.

Argentina 2: Butterfly and Birds en route to Iguazu

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Entlang des Weges in Uruguay und im Misiones Gebiet sowie in der Nähe der Iguazu Fälle treffen wir auf unsere ersten lokalen Schönheiten.

Part of the purpose of our trip is to experience the fauna and flora of this fascinating continent. See a few of the beauties we have encountered so far.