Tuesday – February 6
Plane ride #6
We checked out of the hotel and boarded the bus at 8 a.m. for the trip to the airport. We flew from Cuiaba to Campo Grande in about 1 hour. (images 11-25 through 11-34) We checked into the hotel in Campo Grande. (images from room 11-35 & 11-36) At 3 p.m. we met briefly with the state’s secretary of agriculture. He is a graduate in agronomy. He said more cotton is coming into production in the state of Mato Gross do Sul. They have more maze (corn) coming into production and they have great potential with tropical fruits. They have great water reserves under the soil – best in the world, and they are easy to get. A large area of the Pantanal is located west of Campo Grande. He said the government cares for the environment. They have no mad cow because no animal protein is fed.
After his discussion, we toured the city of Campo Grande and visited the Pantanal museum. Here we viewed a vast amount of material that has been collected from the Pantanal, including stuffed animals, snakes, birds etc., that inhibit that area. There was also a considerable collection of native Indian artifacts. If one goes to Campo Grande, a stop at the museum is worth the time.
We then went to a location where they care for and feed a number of birds and animals that have been illegally taken from the Pantanal. Rustlers try to smuggle the rare birds out of the country. If the birds are recovered, they go through this health rehabilitation center before being released back into the wilds of the Pantanal. There is a two-year jail term if anyone has any of the Pantanal wildlife in his possession.
Next, we bused through the government office area for the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. For the first time in several days, we got to the hotel early in the evening. We had a tremendous meal for $8.00. Cokes and water are about a $1.00 and beer was $1.50.
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