Brasil - SP&Pantanal

    Day 1

    Day 01 - Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - Flight - Denver to Atlanta

    After an ear shattering electrical storm last night, we woke up to find that my computer would not boot up. With as much thunder and lightning as we had during the evening, we were not surprised, but...

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    Day 02 - Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - Flight - Atlanta to São Paulo, Brasil

    Atlanta was covered in a torrential downpour when we boarded our flight DL105 to Sao Paulo at 8:45pm. The gate agent had alerted us to the procedures and we were lucky to be whisked through...

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    Day 03 - Thursday, July 30, 2009 - Family - São Paulo, Brasil

    Even though the time difference between Colorado and Sao Paulo is three hours, we woke up at 7:00 as usual. We had breakfast with coffee, the warm Brazilian bread that I love, and fresh bananas and tangerines....

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    Day 04 - Friday, July 31, 2009 - Family – Aldeia da Serra and the City of São Paulo, Brasil

    After our late night of pizza and fun family connections, we slept well and did not wake up until after 8:00. Tia’s home is so well built; you do not...

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    Day 05 - Saturday, August 1, 2009 - Churrasco – Aldeia da Serra

    We saw the sun today! The weather was great; a beautiful winter day at the Aldeia! The temperatures were in the mid 60s and it was not as humid.

    After our breakfast with Tia and Bob, the...

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    Day 06- Sunday, August 2, 2009 - Flight from São Paulo to Campo Grande and drive to Fazenda Xaraés, Mato Groso do Sul

    Our alarm did not go off at 5:35 but Gennie was awake and up so we were on schedule. We took our showers, finished packing, and were...

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    Day 07 - Monday, August 3, 2009 – Posada Xaraés

    The day begins and it gets light about 6:15 here on the flat expanse of the Pantanal. The Hyacinth Macaws were squawking as they flew in pairs over the tree tops.

    We took cool showers – the soap in this...

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    Day 08 - Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - Pousada Xaraés

    We began our day at 5:40 with showers and breakfast just as the light was breaking in the east. There were several more people here today at the lodge, a gentleman from Curitiba and a couple from New Zealand.

    At...

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    Day 09 - Wednesday, August 5, 2009 – Drive to Boca da Onça and then to Bonito

    The only other thing up this morning at 3:50 am was the moon! We took a quick shower, finished packing, and then we had a very light breakfast of toast and coffee.

    Our...

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    Day 10 - Thursday, August 6, 2009 – Gruta do Lago Azul and Cachoeiras da Estância Mimosa

    Sleeping well helps to start our day well. The alarm went off at 6:15 and we were ready for breakfast at 7:00. The sky was blue and it was looking promising for another...

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    Day 11 - Friday, August 7, 2009 – Snorkeling on the Rio da Prata

    We woke up before the alarm went off at 6:15, took our showers, and packed our gear for our day of snorkeling with the fish on the Rio da Prata.

    The weather forecast was for showers...

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    Day 12 - Saturday, August 8, 2009 – Reserva Ecológica Baía Bonita

    Today was our open day, free to do whatever we wanted to plan. Bob decided to go on a repelling expedition and the rest of us went with Rogėrio to the Reserva Ecologic Baía Bonita on another snorkeling...

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    Day 13 - Sunday, August 9, 2009 – Drive from Bonito and then flight from Campo Grande to São Paulo. Father’s Day in Brasil

    We woke up at 5:30 and showered. We packed the remainder of our luggage, and had breakfast before Claudio picked us up at 7:00 to drive...

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    Day 14 - Monday, August 10, 2009 – Morning Shopping in Alphaville and Afternoon in São Paulo

    We woke up to sunshine at the Aldeia and had our café da manhã, breakfast, with Tia and Renata. The day was cool with a light breeze.

    Renata suggested that we go to...

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    Day 15 and Day 16 - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 & Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – Day at the Aldeia, Flight from São Paulo to Atlanta and then on to Denver. Home to Monument, CO

    We spent the last day of our Brazil adventure with Tia and the family. Victor...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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