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    Family Trip in Central Brasil: Cristalino River and Pantanal




    It was time to take my girls for a proper paddling trip in Central Brazil. I´ve been promising it for quite a while...



    Planning didn´t take too much time, as we were to (re)visit a good old friend: the Cristalino River. The only difference was that now I had to reduce
    the usual 8 days in the river to something like 5 days paddling. Finding a new place to end the trip and leave the cars waiting took a few minutes on Google Earth,
    12 hours on the phone/Facebook and 300km of really difficult farm-roads!! But, we survived!!!

    We also included a trip to the Pantanal, where a more "intense" fauna was supposed to be seen... (I´ll mix both trips here, ok??)




    We joined forces with another family from Goiânia (the Reis family) and 2 good friends from old times...



    Lucas and Daniel (blue shirt)... Well, ok, not really "old" times... Daniel was my wife´s kindergarden student 20 years ago!!



    I promised some "I´m sure" things we would see there along the trip: ariranhas (Quentin´s relatives), toucans, araras, blue skies and, eventually, a jaguar... Well, I had to keep the girls interest high, right??

    So here are some pictures... (oh, and yes...you guessed it right: it rained! First time in 30 years that I go to Central Brazil in July!!)




    A tapir drinking water.... not a common sight, so we were in lucky right on the first day!



    Capivaras.....but they are common! At the Pantanal we saw something like a couple hundred....















    This last one is a Jaburu Tuiuiú...and it´s more than 1 meter high!!



    Caymans??? Hummm, just a couple thousand at the Pantanal.... none at the Cristalino, what was unexpected... Too many people discovering the Cristalino I guess!



    Couple Mutuns... males...



    A Curicaca!! Noise bird!!!



    OK, time for a sunset in Central Brazil.... always perfect!



    But let´s see some canoeing, ehh?











    Annnd...for a gran finnale, some rare sightings we were lucky to get.....







    Yes, a puma!!!



    Unfortunatelly we didn´t spot any jaguars, although they were pretty close everyday and night....





    You can see these and many other pictures at my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Compa...98903040170827













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    Some fantastic wildlife photos there Tony!

    Looks like a great trip.

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    The polarizer filter didn´t like the 18mm lens!! But, here is one of our camps...

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    Wow!.......and I reckon I'm doing well when I see a kingfisher
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    Looks wonderful - I really enjoyed your blog.
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    Wow! My jealousy knows no bounds!

    Calefactio orbis? Culus meus!!

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    Fantastic wildlife Tony - Capybaras, one of my favourite animals (not sure why)

    2017 family trip tentatively penciled in the diary.... need to start saving....



    Surely you've pitched it upside down!

    Will there be a movie?

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    Great pictures. Looks like a fantastic trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patterdale Paddler View Post
    Wow!.......and I reckon I'm doing well when I see a kingfisher
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    Looks wonderful - I really enjoyed your blog.
    Thanks man! And here's one kingfisher we saw too:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Some fantastic wildlife photos there Tony!

    Looks like a great trip.
    Thanks Mal! Very very good trip this time... More focused on the family, not the usual Homo neanderthalensis riveranicus of other trips....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rimfire View Post
    Wow! My jealousy knows no bounds!

    Calefactio orbis? Culus meus!!

    It´s only a cheap airfare away from there!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davy 90 View Post
    Fantastic wildlife Tony - Capybaras, one of my favourite animals (not sure why)

    2017 family trip tentatively penciled in the diary.... need to start saving....


    Surely you've pitched it upside down!

    Will there be a movie?

    A movie??? OF COURSE!!!! Although my camera was "taken from me" many times....




    I wonder if the stabilizing system will be enough to avoid the expected seaseekness"


    Capybaras??? You asked for!!!





    That tarp!!!! It sure needs a central pole, but there is no reinforcement to take it!!! Anyway, the mesh was a bless during the "mosquito-time": 6 to 7pm... We all had dinner inside the conforts of the mesh!!!


    2017!!!! Just drop me a note a few months before!! Second half of July and August are the right months to come... The river was still a meter higher than expected in the first half of july this year, but we found great beaches anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    Great pictures. Looks like a fantastic trip.
    I remember you said you were coming to check in person the SotP Brazilian Chapter a few years ago!!! What about 2017??? I can see a group forming!!
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    A proper blog, Tony!And a great one.

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    I hope your family and friends know how lucky they are.

    The blue colour of those parrots is absolutely incredible. The two Mutins are strange looking birds compared to ours!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    A proper blog, Tony!And a great one.
    You see??!!?? I even tried to center everything in the page!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Perry View Post
    I hope your family and friends know how lucky they are.

    The blue colour of those parrots is absolutely incredible. The two Mutins are strange looking birds compared to ours!


    Oh yes, they are really fortunate for being my family and friends!!!.... Ohhh, you meant the trip??? well...yeah, yeah, it´s ok....


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    Although relatives, these are not really "parrots"... they are araras (macaws in English I guess...) The Mutuns are part of an interesting group (Cracidae) that are extremely noisy birds at the pantanal.... Just checked the name in english: Curassow.



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    I could fancy a trip to annoy the hell out of you at some point. Need to check those "cheap flights" that are spoken about. Really good blog and may there be more of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkL View Post
    I could fancy a trip to annoy the hell out of you at some point. Need to check those "cheap flights" that are spoken about. Really good blog and may there be more of them.

    thanks

    Be more than welcome Mark! I wonder if we can build a group trip for 2017.... Would be interesting!!
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    group trip for 2017
    Subject to funds, I've nothing else planned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davy 90 View Post
    Subject to funds, I've nothing else planned
    Christ mate, I've nothing planned past mid October. But it could be an idea ... Why the hell not. Would make a change from the Cele which I love dearly but have paddled the same section four time in a row recently. Yes, you know the one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkL View Post
    Christ mate, I've nothing planned past mid October. But it could be an idea ... Why the hell not. Would make a change from the Cele which I love dearly but have paddled the same section four time in a row recently. Yes, you know the one.
    But that's the most beautiful place in the world!

    I'm not averse to an adventure in Brazil mind...

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    Let´s put more wood on this fire!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBR View Post
    Let´s put more wood on this fire!!
    Best jungle mahogany?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Best jungle mahogany?!
    Why be cheap?? Rosewood is better!!
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    Brilliant wild life pics Tony. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves. thanks for posting.

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    Stunning blog and cracking photos! Your wildlife way outdoes ours in range and colour!
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    hyacinth macaws in the wild, stunning ! as are all your photographs. Superb blog.

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    It is always a treat to read your blogs. It could only be better to paddle with you.
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    Forgive me for asking, but nature films over here always show the Pantanal as full of piranha, caiman, and anaconda. Is this a false impression, or does it affect your capsize drills?


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    Quote Originally Posted by terry. young View Post
    Brilliant wild life pics Tony. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves. thanks for posting.
    Thanks Terry! I´ll post an extra picture on every reply, so here is yours:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockhopper View Post
    Stunning blog and cracking photos! Your wildlife way outdoes ours in range and colour!
    Thanks a lot! I heard you are joinning the 2017 group, right?? Here is a picture to help you fly down here:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie View Post
    hyacinth macaws in the wild, stunning ! as are all your photographs. Superb blog.
    Thanks Robbie. We see macaws everyday at the Pantanal, but usually one or two pairs flying by or on a tree. I had this lucky of getting a huge group on top of a carved log where farmers put salt for the cattle. Took a couple dozen pictures, what enhances the chances of a good shot. With a 300mm lens it´s almost impossible to not get a good picture at the pantanal... the wildlife is quite abundant there yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Joe View Post
    It is always a treat to read your blogs. It could only be better to paddle with you.
    Hey Joe, I´m married!!!!

    It would be great to have you here for a paddle! Just let me know a bit in advance... A group of 7 is the perfect number: 2 cars + cart with 4 canoes! We can explore a new river, always an adventure!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rimfire View Post
    Forgive me for asking, but nature films over here always show the Pantanal as full of piranha, caiman, and anaconda. Is this a false impression, or does it affect your capsize drills?


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    Hi Rimfire! There is a very interesting documentary called "Brazil in Hollywood" about this subject.... How Brazil is showed on foreign (mostly USA) movies! Always a thick jungle with billions of insects, huge anacondas and killer piranhas!!! Interviews with the directors reveal that almost NONE of them ever came to Brazil!! Many of them recognize that what they show is far from reality, but they say that this is the visison that the public expect to see about rainforests etc... so they produce what sells!

    It´s hard to paddle against this flow of misinformation!!!

    Piranhas are a risk on drying ponds... After the wet season, the rivers go back to their channels, leaving many ponds that loose connection and start to dry over the next months... After eating everything, piranhas start to eat each other...and you, if you ever decide to swim there!!

    But, on the rivers, the risk is almost zero. We swim and bath with safety! Same with caymans! And, after decades paddling there, I never took a picture of an anaconda in it´s natural environment!!! Guess I´ll have to ask hollywood to show me where they are!!

    I believe that BBC made an interesting piece about piranhas a few years ago, where they dive and film piranhas swiming among a group of children playing in a river here...

    I fear rays 1000 times more than piranhas! Stepping on one while stepping out of the canoe is a more real risk... Must check always!

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    Excellent, I knew local knowledge would trump the TV!


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    Just seen this Tony. As is normal for you - simply stunning
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD MAN View Post
    Just seen this Tony. As is normal for you - simply stunning

    Hey OldMan, thanks for reading and comments. There is another thread with the video link. And, as you can see, I´m still in BR...
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    Hi Tony,
    would you please restore your photos? Photobucket.com still seems to exist, so perhaps you need to alter your links anyhow?

    I am especially interested in the Pantanal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartaner View Post
    Hi Tony,
    would you please restore your photos? Photobucket.com still seems to exist, so perhaps you need to alter your links anyhow?

    I am especially interested in the Pantanal.
    Not that easy I'm afraid, see here: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...r-forum-images

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    Oh, so sad. Now I remember this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartaner View Post
    Oh, so sad. Now I remember this issue.

    Hi Spartaner, thanks for visiting my blogg. Long time I didn´t visit SotP forum.... Here is a link to a short video of the trip. I´ll check the problem with the pictures. Looks like PhotoBucket left us all in a problem!







    If you´re planning to come paddle in Brazil, just let me know.

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