you know how rotten this shit is? with an 8-ton truck over the worst bridges in South America over marshes full of predators- why we do to that? simple – because here is paradise. at least it is the best place on the continent to observe wild animals alone there are over 650 species of birds. more than in the whole of europe and here also lives the largest parrot of the world, the magnificent hyacinth macaw, elsewhere threatened with extinction. but one thing you have to cope with here: The marshes are sometimes pretty scary. the pools are writhing with crocodiles Caimans far as the eye! 35 million caymans … They are so tightly packed that they have been running over each other and pile up we arrived in the Pantanal in Brazil – the kingdom of the caymans We reached Pantanal… one of our top goals. a giant wetland – bigger than England! And now it is clear the dry season, so we can go straight and on the Transpantaneira, this is a dam road Look at Emil’s side, quite a lot! 13! The crocodiles were already very close to its mouth at the Duck! But that duck -Zack! – fled. And crocodiles can not fly! Look, a stork! and if you want to drive through a wetland … you need many bridges, 127 to be exact, many are OK, but some are – how shall I say – quite adventurous …. until then I have to go on the middle board Rear I also have the right plank otherwise there is nothing underneath. Nothing for weak nerves! Here one should not go wrong by half an wheel width, otherwise you go downhill. we do not trust the bridge course at first attempt. Rallo has to inspect each one. I could see no weaknesses … Over there is unfortunately no other choice because then you have to drive the left-wing board Nice that you still can laugh …. not a beautiful imagination, wheels up in the crocodile swamp … and the crane, which would have to bridge this happen to save us, the not there. exactly as wide as the tire … here they are waiting for you – until you make an error! at the beginning we find still all fairly funny but with decreasing quality of bridge our nerves begin to flutter big time. there’s something underneath? Be glad that you have not seen up close! it has bent like cardboard! Heavy car … looking wild! it already made this with the 2.5-ton truck … the lower plank is a solid square … you know how rotten this shit is! when it collapses the axle bears nothing more. it’s not like that you must drive here … with 9 tons. they fixed the bridge with this cable so it does not yield to the left. apparently the ground on the side is soft. I hope you said your morning prayer Made it! after two days of nightmare bidges we finally reach the heart of Pantanal. the rio paraguay. Here is even a small settlement Porto Jofre Downtown … Here ends the Transpantaneira, a dead end. from here on it’s only by ship. they rip the meat from this hook in no time! Boys, watch out. Anyone flying into the water gets eaten! Piranhas? really, after half a minute ?! I do not want to go swimming here! a real Piranha! another one! Tino crossed fingers and already it worked! Can I touch it? No, that has a huge bite !! we go on a boat-safari. We want to see the largest cat of America, and from the water the opportunities are best. Capybaras. Those are pretty big … these are the largest rodents in the world. up to 70 kilos! Where is the Jaguar? finally we see him with our own eyes: the jaguar. powerful, elegant and his bite twice as twice as strong as a a lion’s that was the first Jaguar of my life fat cat! the first but not the last this one wants to be left alone – no problem we go to the next one… this is the Paraguay River, the lifeline of the Pantanal. has a low gradient. over 100s of kilometers just 30 degree gradient and in the rainy season it carries so much water that it floods this whole area all who live here are exposed to the extreme change between flooding and drought. now is dry season. It has hardly rained for months it’s been quite a long dry season here and the fish begin, to guld for air in the remaining pools but the birds have a lot of prey now. These fish are really trapped. from this pond there is no escape it is one huge feast for all fish eaters but the giant stork Jabiru is looking for another bite. Here it was, somewhere… but some snakes need not be afraid of anyone on the contrary the heaviest snake of the world lives here: the yellow anaconda this one has a whole capybara inside it comes to you So the possibilities to see wild animals in the Pantanal are excellent. you need some luck to find the anaconda but hen you can stand 2 meters next to it if she has just eaten something on departure day we find a souvenir of the beautiful bridges in our tire. I pulled out of the first nail. now we still have a screw in it … a screw?! no idea what that is… Quite a surgery!! but mending tires is rallo’s easiest exercise and soon we roll back out of Paradise. and because the transpantaneira is a dead end, we drive again over the 127 bridges. but as they say: the second time it doesn’t hurt so much. Here the tar ends … The adventure Amazonia begins! If it rains heavily, the road turns into red mud, and then all kinds of vehicles get stuck. I just wanted to look for place for camping but at least we would not be alone here… Pretty big! Who’s afraid of the Jaguar? what do you say, we stay? a strange feeling: hundreds of kilometers around us nothing, with a big cat sneaking around … doesn’t get any wilder than that.