Trip Start Aug 31, 2007
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On our first night we went out to dinner to try the local meats ... caiman (alligator), capibura (giant rodent, looks like very big wombat, check out the Pantanal photos) and white lipped piccary (wild pig). Caiman was very chewy, the pig was extremely salty but the capibura was nice ... but it may have has something to do with the bacon that was wrapped around it! Its not the kind of meal you want to eat every night, but interesting to try!
The next morning we went snorkelling in a tributary of the Rio de Plata, a fresh water river on a private farm that they have opened up to tourists. It was about an hour drive out to the farm, which was probably just as well, as when we picked up our guide for the day, he was still drunk & needed time to recover
Even though it was hot, they put us in wetsuits as we were going to be in the water for about 2 hours so we would get cold, & it makes it easier to float in the fresh water. We could see the fish before we even got in, they were huge, and there were so many of them! The river was fed from underground, so as well as heaps of fish, there were bubbling pockets of sand where the water comes up from below. We even saw some monkeys by the edge of the river. The only thing we didnt see was an anaconda ... I`m pretty sure thats a good thing! We got to snorkel through some mild rapids which was fun, but a bit scary when you`re hurtling towards a tree trunk & the water sucks you away at the last minute! It was a bit of an expensive adventure, but well worth it.
We had one of the best lunches ever at the farm before we returned to Bonito late in the afternoon. All that hard work & nice food made us sleepy!
Early the next day we got up to go to the Blue Cave ... a cave which was formed millions of years ago that has a pond at the bottom which reflects light in a brilliant blue colour. There are supposedly fossils of a giant sloth with claws 30cms long and a sabre tooth tiger with fangs 20cm long at the bottom, but the government wont let them ruin the cave to extract them completely. It was a steep and slippery walk to the bottom, but it wasnt very long ... and yep, the water was blue!
After the cave, we headed back to Bonito, picked up our bags & made our way to the Pantanal.