Olho d'Agua River
Our experienced guide, Ulli Braun, told us about the rich ecology of the area. He said we weren't allowed to kick while in the shallow Olho D água, so as not to impede visibility. He told us that we had no need to worry about piranhas, since "they prefer murky water," and that we would be very lucky to see an anaconda. Assuaging my concerns, he said there weren't any water pathogens either (no, there are no candiru in this part of the country, though I still felt better having a wetsuit). He said he would be "shocked" if we saw an electric eel, since they normally avoid people.
Ulli also told us to look for spots in the river bottom where the sediments bubbled and broiled. He said those places marked areas where fresh springs fed into the system.
Between Two Worlds
One Fish, Two Fish
Emerging from the Deep...
Entering the Rio da Prata
My Titantic Moment
What a Day!
After a day of fantastic snorkeling, it felt good to get back on dry land. We checked out each other's underwater pictures and swapped adventure stories on the way back to the pousada (lodge).
My trip was sponsored by Embratur, part of Brazil's Ministry of Tourism.