As we knew from our last visit here, Brazil means long distance travels on mostly boring roads. This is not any different in Southern Brazil. But the spots we visited were real highlights.
The Pantanal is a vast wetland mostly in Brazil, but also in Paraguay and Bolivia on the other side of Rio Paraguai. It is one of the best places to spot wildlife in South America.
We first drove the Transpantaneira in the northern part with stops at the beginning and the end of this famous road.
We were then lucky enough to be able to catch one of the infrequent barges that travel down Rio Cuiabá and Rio Paraguai from Porto Jofre to Corumbá.
After two nights on the boat we arrived in Corumbá at 3am. After disembarking we directly hit the road and also drove the Estrada Parque in the southern part of the Pantanal to spot more wildlife after dawn.
Bonito turned out to be an overrated and expensive tourist trap. Every attraction, as simple as it may be, requires hiring a guide, which obviously is an expensive experience. We opted to just take a swim in the rivers running along the campsites where we stayed and then moved on.
Iguaçu / Iguazú Falls
We stayed at a hostel at the border of the Iguazú Reserve, so more wildlife walking around our vehicle.
The falls itself are impressive from both sides, Argentina and Brazil.