Explore the Pantanal in Brazil
Nov25

Explore the Pantanal in Brazil

In the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, lies a vast expanse of tropical wetland, rich in flora and fauna; a world by itself, waiting to unravel its mysteries. Sprawling over an area of about 140,000 and 195,000 square kilometers, Pantanal is home to nature’s marvelous creatures whose unobtrusive presence startles nature lovers and ecologists who suddenly begin to realize the enormity of nature! Known as one of the world’s largest wetland zones, Pantanal in Central America’s Brazil is indeed an ecosystem by itself. Being a wetland, the area is well-fed with saltwater, brackish and freshwater and is swampy and marshy. With an abundance of water and fertile soil, can life cease to exist? Exploring Pantanal Why Pantanal? A visit to Pantanal is sure to amaze you and relax you at the same time. The remarkable flora and fauna, their habits and their habitat and the serenity of their world is sure to make you feel one with the world, erasing every bit of your inconsequential inner turmoil. The biodiversity here is sure to enrich your experience and your wanderlust will be given a new meaning-the urge to seek greener pastures! What to do in Pantanal The best way to explore Pantanal is to saunter around taking in the sights and smell of the place. You have the option of straddling a steed too. Every new day and every new turn within the environs offers you spectacular sights as you spot a fleeting Hyacinthine Macaw, a Capybara beating a hasty retreat or the Jaguar. When after your eyes have grown weary of the thrills of spotting, relax by rowing a boat-you’d soon begin to believe life is nothing but a dream! Canoeing and fishing are other recreational activities that would set your adrenaline pumping! There are many tour options to choose from and some unique tour thrills include night time observation, bird watching, observing the behavior of animals, livestock management and a photography safari. Tour costs vary according to the various ecological tours arranged. Ecological tours at Pantanal range from a day’s tour to a week’s. What to look out for? Pantanal is an ecosystem, so needless to say its flora and fauna are going to be unique. Pantanal is home to a few rare species like the Marsh Deer and the Giant Otter. 1. The Hyacinthine Macaw and the Blue Macaw deserve a special mention, for their unique charm.  When you sight these birds in their striking blue bodies with yellow beaks nestling on the emerald green foliage, it does form a riot of remarkable colors! Little wonder then that the Kayapo Indians in South Central Brazil...

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Going South America? Visa Costs and Fees
May28

Going South America? Visa Costs and Fees

If you are planning a travel to one of South American countries, you’ll need a visa. Most Latin American countries impose either a visa or a fee when visiting the country. If you opt for a reciprocity fee, you’ll might need to take a toll on your budget, especially if you travel with your family. The reason why these fees exist is because the USA government charges high fees for Latin America citizens to enter the USA. As a result, some of the South American countries come up with a rule – you charge us, we charge you. There is a lot of debate are these fees indeed justifiable. Both way, below are discussed visa and entrance fees. Argentina You have to pay $160 in advance. You can do it by visiting this website: http://www.provinciapagos.com.ar/dnm/ in order to get an entrance ticket which should be good for 10 years. You can print a ticket directly from the mentioned website. You can avoid the reciprocity fee by crossing into Argentina overland. For example, if you would have traveled from Santiago (Chile) to Mendoza (Argentina), you wouldn’t have to pay the fee. Another workaround is to take an international flight into Mendoza, Salta or Cordoba.Bolivia Every time you enter the country, you’ll have to pay $135 in cash. You can’t avoid this fee. The visa you get is valid for 5 years. Brazil Brazil This country is the most complicated one. You usually need to apply for a visa in advance. Should be done from the USA before you even leave the country, but you may want to visit the Brazilian consulate when travelling or even ask for one at the border at Iguazu Falls. If you are travelling from Bolivia to Brazil, you won’t be able to enter Brazil unless they do not see the Bolivian either entrance or exit stamp. You are allowed to extend your tourist visa once per year. For a visa extension you’ll need your passport, proof of funds, a credit card, return ticket and a form to complete given by Federal Police. Chile $131 is the cost of the visa. The visa is bought upon arrival at the Santiago airport and it’s valid only for 90 days. If you are planning to stay longer, you’ll need to pay an additional fee. Paraguay $45 is a fee for one-time entry which is valid for 90 days. Suriname Suriname $100 is a visa fee at arrival station. On the other hand, if you have paid $100 in advance, you can get a visa good for 5 years. Countries without entry fees are: – Colombia – Peru –...

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The Wonder of Lake Titicaca – South America
May24

The Wonder of Lake Titicaca – South America

Lake Titicaca, which is the largest lake in South America, is not only one of the naturally occurring wonders in this country but also one of the most spectacular in the world. This lake is 3,809 meters or 12,397 feet above sea level and in effect, it ranks as the highest commercially navigable water body in the world.  Rurrenabaque. Bolivia Millions of people from all parts of world mainly go to Lake Titicaca in order to witness its beauty and enormity as well as to visit its numerous handmade and natural islands, which have been home to many inhabitants for many years. This lake, whose surreal beauty attracts visitors from nearby cities and countries as well as from those that are far away on a continuous basis, has been the subject of many legends and myths that have been there since the pre-Inca times thanks to its deep blue depths. Many people consider it one of the top ranking tourist destinations in South America because of the aforementioned reasons. Lake Titicaca is strategically located at the border between Bolivia and Peru, both of which are a major attraction for travelers who go there each year. Peru has become one of the most popular South American countries for visitors thanks to the Machu Picchu and Inca Trail. Bolivia is also a robust choice for Bolivia tours because it is not only home to the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats but it also allows visitors to reach the Amazon jungle by going through Rurrenabaque. Bolivia, which has high altitude cities like La Paz is also as fascinating as Peru. Lake Titicaca, which has numerous attractions for travelers who are curious by nature on both the Bolivia and Peru sides, serves as a natural transition point for those who want to visit these two countries. Visitors who come from Arequipa or Cusco usually arrive at Lake Titicaca if they want to travel in Peru. The shores of this lake are home to Puno, which is the largest city in Peru. Most travelers who go to Puno do not consider it the most exciting as compared to all the other travel destinations in Peru. However, Puno has a strong defense especially during specific times of the year such as in February when costumed revelers who participate in the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria festival fill its streets. Isla del Sol   The Lake Titicaca islands, which include Amantani, Uros, and Taquile, are a major attraction for most travelers. Although accommodations on some of these islands are rustic, travelers can visit them when they are traveling during the day from Puno. These islands...

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