Thanks for your feedback on the trip. I'm glad you enjoyed the trip and found Alejandro to be an excellent leader.
I just wanted to add a note to your comment about the best time to visit the Pantanal. We schedule the majority of our trips to coincide with the dry season because this is by far the best time to see birds and animals in this region - as well as the caiman, there are also lots of mammals which inhabit the area, including capybara, giant anteaters, several species of monkey, deer, peccaries and foxes.
During the rainy season, it can be difficult to access large parts of the Pantanal, and this makes it a lot harder to spot birds and especially the mammals mentioned above since they tend to shelter in more remote areas which are beyond the reach of transport from our lodges. During the dry season, however, water becomes much more scarce, and both mammals and birds tend to congregate around the shrinking waterholes, so sightings are much more frequent and access to wider areas of the region is much easier.
We do run a couple of departures of this trip during the wet season (November to March/April), so if your focus is more on the experience of being in a flooded wetland area rather than on wildlife then you may want to consider these trips, although you should be aware that transfer times can be much longer if there has been a lot of rain and not all daily activities will be available.
Thanks again for your comments, and I hope your next holiday is as enjoyable.
Tim Fearn (Exodus Product Manager)