The Pantanal

The Pantanal

Pantanal water

 (By DG)

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 If you do not like the humidity, the heat, the snakes, crocodiles and insects do not go into the Pantanal … !!
The Pantanal is the largest wetland area of the World (150,000 square kilometers) ….

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…. It is located in Mato Grosso, on the border between Brazil and Bolivia.
It  is precisely there, in that place where time seems to have stopped thousands of years, where, some arthritic pain ago, I went to spend a few days ….

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… a few nights …

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… .some night …

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… .and some dawn ….

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… With my husband.

Our adventure began in Campo Grande, where we had rented a small plane, the only means possible to reach the “hacienda” destined to host us.
Arrived at the small airport, we learn that our plane is refreshingly cool, or rather I should say hot hot, of repairing …

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…. and that would be his first flight.

While we do full fuel …

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… The blue sky is adorned with graceful pink clouds …

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… And, once taken off, made a little slalom to avoid the shower …

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… Just below us the water does not miss it !!

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It seems to me that the sky and the earth will become larger and larger and our airplane getting smaller …
The fuel gauge is at zero, but our pilot reassures us by saying that it is broken ….
… The border police asked us to identify ourselves to ensure that we are not doing  candy trade with Bolivia … and we respond that we carry only chocolates for crocodiles …

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And finally here is looming ahead of us, beyond the Rio Negro, the small ground landing ….

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… That, as we approach ….

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… .getting smaller and smaller, while the plane again becomes bigger and bigger ….

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And here we are on the ground ….

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… We are the only guests of what was once a small colony and now a ecological observation station …

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… No, actually we are not the only guests, on the arrival in the entrance of our accommodation is already a guest ….

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… We had not invited … .. !!!…..

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But never mind, we are surrounded by funny lizards  ….

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… small rats….

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… .not we lack even the family cat …

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We also have the insecticide

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to free ourselves from the ants …

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… Who keeps you company while chatting us …

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… While Mr. Martin poses for us before go fishing …

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… And my husband does not need to move from the florist to offer me flowers.

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But I find that here the domestic worker has watered too much the ficus home .. !! ..

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Just a shame that I cannot get my hands among the leaves ….

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… and it is already time to return home.

But feel free to meet Candido Portinari , a Brasilian artist of Vicenza origin

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(@ May 31, 2016)