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11. Posted by michellemm (Full Member 109 posts) 12y

Hey, Meg!!

People here r very friendly indeed, don't worry about it....those who can speak English will talk to u in English, those who can't, will figure out a way to communicate (even if this way is to teach u Portuguese;) )



12. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y

Hey, sounds like you ain't got anything to worry about eh???
You're are gonna have the best time! one tip, If you travelling down to Argentina don't miss the islands on the Brasillian coastline, like Ilha Grande just a bit south of Rio...
~Foz is definately worth two days one for Brasil side one for Argentinian side.

One other tip. Beware the South American man

Make of that what you will


13. Posted by mugen (Inactive 50 posts) 12y

Thanks Michelle and Mim,

Sounds like i dont have too much to worry about - except maybe the men out there! what kind of thing do i have to beware of? from what i have heard though, brazilians are mad, friendly and great fun...i cant wait!

I am so excited now, i've handed in my notice to work, only 3 weeks to go in this place staring at this stupid computer and then 1 week in london before flying out.... yee harrr!

cheers guys..

14. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y

just beware...hehe

15. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 12y

When I went to the Pantanal I just phoned a week in advance to check there was room. I believe that many people don't actually book this. I went with a company called Pantanal Discovery(formerly known as Giltours) which is situated in the bus station building on the ground floor in Campo Grande. I had been in contact with them previous to our departure and they had promised us a lot if things that in the end didn't materialise. There also seemed to be a lack of communication between the bosses in Campo Grande and the actual field staff in the Pantanal base. Groups were a lot larger than they were supposed to be and the trip was fairly unorganised at times, which seriously reduced our chances of seeing animals. Accommodation, in huts, is basic but fun, make sure you have a sleeping bad as they didn't have that many blankets and it got quite cold at night when I went (August). Mosquito repellent is a must; they really know how to coordinate mean group attacks, even during the dry season. I also came across ticks. (If you want more info, I wrote a long write up about it on my personal travel site - could maybe be of use)

The company I went with certainly does not deserve a recommendation, the Pantanal, however, certainly does. I have heard some very positive reports about our company's competitor, Ecological Expeditions, just across the road form the bus station and from the sound of things it really is worth putting that little extra money into the trip. (I don't think the price diffrence is that big anyway, both are relatively cheap by european standards)

Hope this helps!

16. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y

Thowra! your post made me laugh!

I met Gil! he's a complete (expletive) he lived in america for ages and thinks he's the man! he's about forty and in the space of time I met him he had offered me a job and told me "If I was thirty years younger you wouldn't be sleeping alone tonight" what an ass...

I met loads of people on the road with complaints about him and his tour company is a completely capitalist venture He cares about nothing but the money.

He's a cowboy. No doubt about it!

I did a 4 day with Ecological expeditions and had a fantastic time they really look after you. All of the good guides have migrated from every company in Campo Grande to this one. It is at the moment eclipsing all the competition, although they get quite busy their prices are set so you know you're not being jipped!


17. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 12y

Gil was indeed a total cowboy. He loved himself and thought he was great. Unfortunately this did not rub off on the service he offered. In retrospect I wish I had know about his bad reputation before going. I did have fun though and loved the pantanal. It's just a shame I did not see more of the wildlife. Our wildlife tour was a farce: Take a jeep up along the road and walk round a cattle field for one hour then, oooo sorry there are no animals today, let's go home! Don't go with Giltours!!!

18. Posted by muscleguy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

hey wats up enjoy ur trip? where u gna be staying at all this time? and i was wondering ill be in rio in july. will u still be there or in scotland. bye

19. Posted by cuervo (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

he's about forty and in the space of time I met him he had offered me a job and told me "If I was thirty years younger you wouldn't be sleeping alone tonight"

Wow,guess they start early down there huh?:)I could barely tie my own laces when i was ten!

20. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 12y

PMSL!!!! They are rather precocious, but I never noticed 10 year olds..... maybe I just was not looking in the right place!

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