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Corumba, Brazil - On My Way To The Pantanal

Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2009   » View Photoset (12 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I arrived in Corumba from Bolivia on the Death Train in the morning and took a taxi from the border control to the bus terminal
Brazil Photo - Street lined with palm trees in Corumba, picture 2.
Street lined with palm trees in Corumba, picture 2.
which is where a couple of tour operators have offices. After the whole night on the train it was too soon to make a decision about the Pantanal Tour. I needed to find a hostel and get some sleep. After having a look around the center of the city for a place to stay and not finding anything suitable (one place charged a lot for a very small room) I had help from one of the tour people and they took me to a great place that had a pool and outside kitchen area. After a good rest for a few hours I went for a walk around the streets to buy a few groceries for lunch and dinner and to use the internet. I was looking forward to having my
Brazil Photo - Woman and baby statue in plaza in Corumba.
Woman and baby statue in plaza in Corumba.
own food to create something nice and was a bit tired of restaurant cooking.

10 Pin Bowling

While walking around I saw a 10 pin bowling alley and decided that I would go in the evening after dinner and have a bowl and a beer. The name of the place is Boliche Mania, it is not the flashiest bowling alley in the world but is good for a fun game. There was also a good live band playing here too. It is hot in Corumba and that afternoon I went swimming in the pool at the hostel and had a great homecooked meal that night.

Book Pantanal Tour

It was time to work out what I was going to do for the Pantanal. Do I do a tour or do I go there myself? I
Brazil Photo - Statue in front of a green church in Corumba.
Statue in front of a green church in Corumba.
thought maybe I could make my own way to one of the lodges and join activity groups from there. After some more reading and a phone call to one of the lodges I understood that you can only go to the lodges with a tour group. So therefore, on the back of a motorbike taxi and wearing a helmet (people wearing helmets on motorbikes in S.A. is a rare sight) I made a dash to the bus
Brazil Photo - View of the river in Corumba.
View of the river in Corumba.
terminal and booked a tour leaving after lunch to the Pantanal. It was with Indiana Tours and was to be 3 days and 2 nights.

Changing Money

Changing money in Corumba was an interesting experience. Across the road from the bus terminal there is a man in a house. You go over there and he comes to the barred gate with a calculator and changes your cash, it's convenient and the locals say it's ok.

Corumba Quick Tour

I had 3hrs to kill before the bus left for the Pantanal. I wanted to have a look around Corumba and took a motorbike taxi into the center of town to have a wander around. It was not busy because it was a Sunday. I walked down to the Rio Paraguai river and
Brazil Photo - Street lined with palm trees in Corumba.
Street lined with palm trees in Corumba.
looked out into the vast Pantanal and horizon. In a tree nearby I saw a huge iguana, how awesome! A statue of an eagle looks out across the river and into the jungle. Around this area there are streets lined with palm trees, nice cobblestone roads and colorful houses and buildings. There are a few churches and statues, a beautiful big plaza with gold statues of 2 military men and a pink church behind it on the street. It was so hot!

I Love Brazil's Buffets!

I asked around for a restaurant for some lunch and people kept pointing me in the direction of what turned out to be a huge and amazing buffet. Dozens and dozens of locals were there for Sunday lunch. The food was top notch with plenty of meat being brought around to slice on to my plate by the waiters, ask around town about it. I didn't take note of its name, I was too hungry!

90mins to The Pantanal

It was now time to get a taxi back to the bus terminal for the 90 minute bus ride to the entrance of the Pantanal park, woohoo!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Corumba (Brazil) to:


Map location: Corumba, Brazil. Across the border from Bolivia and gateway to the Pantanal for wildlife and adventure!
 A : Pantanal (Wildlife Forest & Grasslands) - Brazil 344 kms 344 kms straight distance
 B : Santa Cruz to Quijarro on the Death Train - Bolivia 351 kms 351 kms straight distance
 C : Filadelfia - Paraguay 445 kms 445 kms straight distance
 D : Campo Grande to Foz - Brazil 463 kms 463 kms straight distance
 E : Gran Chaco - Paraguay 510 kms 510 kms straight distance
 F : Concepcion - Paraguay 489 kms 489 kms straight distance
 G : Oviedo to Villarrica - Paraguay 743 kms 743 kms straight distance
 H : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 735 kms 735 kms straight distance
 I : San Bernardino & Caacupe - Paraguay 706 kms 706 kms straight distance
 J : Aregua & Itaugua - Paraguay 698 kms 698 kms straight distance
 K : Asuncion - Paraguay 696 kms 696 kms straight distance
 L : Santa Cruz - Bolivia 608 kms 608 kms straight distance
 M : Gran Chaco to Santa Cruz - Bolivia 524 kms 524 kms straight distance
 N : Paraguari - Paraguay 758 kms 758 kms straight distance
 O : Villarrica - Paraguay 760 kms 760 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Corumba, Brazil:

Hostel Internacional, Corumba, Brazil - Large Photo
Hostel Internacional, Corumba, Brazil (May 2009 - 1 night) - Excellent rooms and great bathroom and big swimming pool with outside kitchen area, fantastic! I had a good look around Corumba for budget hotels that day and found nothing nice, it was great to find this.

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