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Popular Walking holiday
Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Went with the expectation that we'd hopefully see a jaguar or two and ended up having over a dozen jaguar sightings (at least one every boat trip except for our last trip) and some of those sightings being truly spectacular. It really was all that and more.
The local guide Juan was excellent as were our boat drivers, and combined I'm pretty sure their the reason we had the luck we did.
So many to choose from! My favorite was definitely seeing the otters go all defensive when they smelled jaguar. The visual and noise they made was like nothing else.
But in general, the Pantanal itself is stunningly surreal and enchanting. On the downtime between sightings where we just boated around looking for jaguars, it was lovely just to soak up the beauty of the place.
Paul is well Paul. I'd been briefed on his hardline nature ahead of time and knew what to expect. He's a Marmite personality so you've got to roll with it or get off the boat. At least all the biting insects seemed to like him best out of the people in his boat.
Bring the strongest after-bite cream you can find. It's not a matter of not being bitten, cause you will get bitten. Those evil black flies seemed to actually be attracted to the bug repellant. It's more of having something that will help you survive the ungodly itching that follows being bitten. Anti-histamine tablets helped on that front as well.
Hat & sunblock is a given. Hat should be something that will stay on with the wind of speeding around in a boat or be prepared to take it off when you're jetting around. But the minute the boat roof goes down when a jaguar is spotted you'll want the hat.
Ignore the trip notes comment about boots. Your extent of walking is from your room to the boat dock. Bring sandals or more hot weather shoes. I'd go for something more attached to your foot than flip flops though as getting off the boats for loo-breaks isn't always at easy to access locations.
Drink lots of water and then drink some more. Also bring some re-hydration sachets / tablets to help keep your salts balanced.
The hotels were both great accommodation and the food was nice. Breakfast is a lot of bread stuff & fruit though so if you're looking for more protein, you may want to bring your own thing. The couple vegetarians in our group did suffer a bit and got stuck with rice & beans quite often.
Most clients are eligible to travel via the US under the US Visa Waiver Programme, however to do this you must register for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This must be done prior to departure - more details can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa.
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