Friday, 10 January 2014

Piranha Fishing in Brazil

To me fishing is  the most boring thing I can think of doing, but when it involves trying to catch piranhas from a small wooden boat that’s floating among hundreds of caiman crocs, it gets a lot more exciting. That’s exactly what I did when I was travelling around Brazil a couple of years ago.

Photos of Pantanal Nature Wildlife Tours, Cuiaba

                  This photo of Pantanal is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Me and my travel buddy had booked a three day wildlife safari through the Pantanal Nature Reserve a few years ago. The Pantanal is the largest wetland nature reserve in Brazil and even one of the largest in the entire world. It is spread out over an extremely large area in the south of Brazil stretching across the border into Bolivia and Paraguay. The Pantanal, which means swamp in Portuguese, is home to an enormous number of organisms and for that reason is a fantastic place to do some wildlife spotting.

Piranha Fishing in Brasil

On our tour we walked through impressive wetlands, hiked across stretches of grasslands and rode on horseback along riverbeds. We saw an abundance of bird species, a couple of cute capybara and even an anteater. Our knowledgeable guide informed us of pretty much everything there is to know about the flora and fauna of the Pantanal.

Photos of Pantanal Wetlands, Campo Grande

                 This photo of Pantanal Wetlands is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The highlight, however, was the fishing trip on the river. For piranhas! And if that wasn't exciting enough, the waters we were fishing in, were filled with some very hungry looking yacare caiman crocs staring us down. It did take a good while before I actually caught one, but I felt pretty proud of myself when I did. Especially so when I saw my catch fileted and grilled on a bed of rice and beans on my dinner plate that evening back at the lodge. I can assure you, dinner never ever tasted so good as that night.

Piranha Fishing in Brasil

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