My Travels Around the World

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The Pantanal, Brazil or…Heaven on Earth

August 11-19, 2019


Most people have never heard of the Pantanal in Brazil. Some of you may recognize it from John Grisham’s novel, The Testament, which takes place mostly in the Pantanal. When I mentioned I was going to the Pantanal to look for jaguars, I was asked if they were cheaper down there! But no. The Pantanal is known not for the car but for having the largest number of jaguars in the world. So we hoped there would be a good chance of seeing at least one.

Galápagos (from 2008)

January 12, 2008

Our trip to the Galapagos has begun. It was time to leave Guayaquil (please see that post). We woke up at the crack of dawn, suitcases outside the door by 7:00 – some to be taken to the ship, others held for the Peru leg of the trip (please see that post).  We had not met any of our fellow travelers, but headed down to breakfast.  In the elevator we met a nice couple from D.C. (Joanne and Frank), she an internist with a geriatric specialty (sound familiar?) and he an endocrinologist.  Seems there are quite a few doctors on this trip.  After breakfast it was off to the airport for the short, 1.5 hour flight to Baltra in the Galapagos.  We got to the landing to board the zodiacs for the ship, and found several sea lions sleeping on the deck.

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