Rio Paraguay

Trip Start Jun 27, 2004
Trip End Sep 22, 2004

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

We took a full day excursion on the Rio Paraguay. The open border policy between Bolivia and Brazil proves the tourist pound/dollar is now more important than yellow fever vaccinations as our documents were never checked. A good job too as my certificate was safely back in Santa Cruz!

Hazel, Kat, Matt and I were joined by Lee and Ronald, an American and a Bolivian working with street kids in Cochabamba. It only cost about US$20 each and the hotel had provided us with a packed lunch to take with us.

The boat was just large enough to accommodate the 6 of us plus 3 family members as crew. They were all really friendly and pointed out many many birds to us, including several eagles. We also managed to see some crocodiles fairly close up, but from the safety of the boat.

After lunch we had a go at fishing. Within minutes our hosts had landed something resembling a small catfish. Stupidly we forgot to ask what it was! Still, within the hour I had caught a real live pirhana. My god, they have vicious teth close up. So, the first fish I ever caught was a pirhana! 5 minutes later I had also landed one of those catfish things too. That was as far as our luck went!

The trip was excellent and certainly whetted my appetite for going again and staying overnight to get deper into the Pantanal area.
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