This weekend Maria and I were back in Corumbá, visiting family and friends, and we had the chance to take an amazing trip along the River Paraguay. I recorded some video clips, and you can watch this journey, including the amazing sunset, in this video below.
The river is a little over 2,600 kilometres long, and flows through the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands. The biodiversity is phenomenal, and because only Maria and I were on the small boat, we were able to stop where and when we wished, to take in the scenery and listen to the sounds of nature.
During one stop we did see an alligator. Can you spot it in the photo below?
This visit Maria and I also decided to visit the Estação Natureza Pantanal, an exhibition which opened in 2006 and which is funded and run by Fundacão Grupo Boticário (Boticário Group Foundation). This is an excellent interactive exhibition which teaches children and adults alike about the Pantanal ecosystem.
Maria and I were personally shown around by Anderson Justiniano de Sales, an environmental educationalist who is based at the centre. Anderson told us that each week the exhibition receives many groups of children and teenagers from surrounding schools, making it one of the most important sustainability-related resources in the region.
Since opening in 2006, the exhibition has received around 75,000 visitors from 40 countries.
We had an amazing time on the river thanks to our guide Elvis from Zé Leônico travel agency. He made sure that we could spend some additional time on the river to take in the spectacular sunset.
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