February 20, 2013

This is our regular column called Ask a Brazilian”, the idea being that you can quite literally ask a question of a Brazilian – for those issues you aren’t sure about but perhaps dare not ask someone else. It is meant as a bit of fun and answers should not be construed as expert opinion or the definitive reply on the matter. For that reason we ask you to please send your own comments and experiences in order to add to our replies.

Why don’t Brazilian cover their mouths when yawning… it is so unpleasant to see someone with their ‘pie hole’ wide open and I have to look the other way so as not to see the inside of their mouths.

— Robert

Hi Robert,

I have found that many Brazilians do not have as good habits as the average American has. In Brazil you can see people sneezing and coughing without covering their faces.

It is really a cultural issue, and less to do with politeness. Sometimes it impresses me in a bad way to see educated people in Brazil doing the same. Nevertheless, you will see some more educated people covering their mouths when sneezing, yawning and coughing.

Although it is not all Brazilians, I think it is part of a certain disregard to the others close to you, which is, in part cultural.

Teresa

Our Brazilian-You-Can-Ask is Teresa Cristina Asfour, a graduate in Computer Science and Post-Graduate in Project Management. She lived for 12 years in the USA working for a multinational IT company, and now lives in Brasilia – DF, working for the federal government. She can be reached by email at tecris@hotmail.com.

And an alternative response:

Brazilians do have some strange habits and this one is just part of a wide array of behaviors that seem to have no apparent reason but date back from the 17th century when many latin europeans – especially the portuguese – immigrated to the country.

The process started with the transference of the Portuguese Court to Brazil in 1808 – escaping from the Napoleonic invasion – that brought about 15,000 nobles to Brazil only in first months.

Different from the anglo-saxon tradition, the portuguese nobility did not see Work as a noble thing and being a lazy person with careless behavior was fashionable by that time. As a noble you would have many servants to do all the job and even Dom Joao VI, the emperor of Portugal who left his son in Brazil to be our first emperor was famous for his disgusting habits like keeping baked chicken inside his pockets.

Although most followers of the crown returned to Portugal after 1820 many brazilians were influenced by the laid-back style of the court which became widespread till nowadays.

Rodrigo

Our Brazilian-You-Can-Ask is Rodrigo, the Academic Director of

Previous articles in this series:

Ask a Brazilian: Meu Amor
Ask a Brazilian: Tourism and Gestures
Ask a Brazilian: Hotels and Missed Dates
Ask a Brazilian: Couples and Separate Rooms
Ask a Brazilian: São Paulo Safety
Ask a Brazilian: Jealousy
Ask a Brazilian: Nails and Spanish
Ask a Brazilian: Tipping
Ask a Brazilian: UK Visa Issues
Ask a Brazilian: Gossip
Ask a Brazilian: Real Estate Scam
Ask a Brazilian: Lacking Change and I Touch Myself
Ask a Brazilian: Tampons
Ask a Brazilian: A Brazilian CV
Ask a Brazilian: Gender Stereotypes
Ask a Brazilian: Answering a Question
Ask a Brazilian: Revoked Visa
Ask a Brazilian: Pedestrian Problems
Ask a Brazilian: Trash
Ask a Brazilian: Tiles
Ask a Brazilian: Headlights
Ask a Brazilian: Differences and Love
Ask a Brazilian: What Do the Police Do?
Ask a Brazilian: Contractor Frustrations
Ask a Brazilian: English Books and Brazilian Boys
Ask a Brazilian: Cold Cahaca
Ask a Brazilian: Interruptions
Ask a Brazilian: Travel and Security Concerns
Ask a Brazilian: Gestures and Toys
Ask a Brazilian: Hispanics or Latinos, and Duvets
Ask a Brazilian: Overbearing Sogros
Ask a Brazilian: Hotels and Bank Transfers
Ask a Brazilian: Swimming, Showers and New Year’s
Ask a Brazilian: Making Friends
Ask a Brazilian: Female Etiquette
Ask a Brazilian: Washing Machines
Ask a Brazilian: Picking Teeth
Ask a Brazilian: Lozenge or Candy?
Ask a Brazilian: Liberal or Jealous?
Ask a Brazilian: Truck Wheels
Ask a Brazilian: Tolerance
Ask a Brazilian: Screens
Ask a Brazilian: Brazilian Wax
Ask a Brazilian: Flashing Lights
Ask a Brazilian: Lemon and Limes
Ask a Brazilian: Shocking Showers

By Shaun Cumming
February 20, 2013

São Conrado is a small beach neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, just 15 minutes away by car from Ipanema. To its immediate north lies Rocinha, Latin America’s largest favela community. To its south, the amazing and bizarre double highway road, Elevado do Joa.

Overhead fly vast numbers of hang gliders and para gliders, who use the spot as a gathering place and landing strip. Part of the beach is cordoned off for this purpose. The beach road at the landing strip is a dead-end roundabout, surrounded by a variety of parked vehicles commonly used by ‘surfistas’ and, apparently, those who like to jump off mountains while attached to a kite.

Getting out of the car, I head over the beach bar, or ‘posto’, where a waiter is chopping up a fresh coconut for a customer. Others are sitting around its red plastic chairs and tables drinking Brahma beer.

I’m approached twice by instructors asking if I want to fly ‘asa delta,’ or hang gliding in English, but I’m already set to fly with an instructor called Mauro Sacramento, who arrives a couple of minutes later, smiling and fresh from the flight. He points inland to a huge, rainforest-covered mountain called Pedra Bonita (beautiful rock). It towers to what looks like a colossal height.

The sun is shining bright and it’s hot, but Mauro says these aren’t ideal flying conditions, pointing next to a limp windsock on the beach. We need wind to gain lift, but there’s none. You will need to run fast or we will drop.” A nervous flyer in any aircraft, let alone what I’ll refer to as a kite, I start to sweat.

Mauro leads me over to his flying association’s beach hut, where I sign what I presume is a fairly comprehensive legal disclaimer. More sweat arrives on my forehead. You see, on top of a crippling fear of heights and a dislike of flying on planes, adventure sports have never filled me with enthusiasm. Rio, this inspiring city, urged me to throw caution to the wind, and she is too beautiful to reject.

Mauro takes me in his pickup truck and we head off up the mountain where the road narrows, climbs steeper, and is increasingly surrounded by rainforest. Even his powerful car struggles on the climb. More sweat pours out.

At the top of the hill, Mauro takes me to the wooden launch pad. Looking back down towards the beach landing strip, it’s adjacent 20-story apartment blocks look like little blocks of Lego in the distance. Pedra Bonita stands at 2,283ft, and feels every bit of it.

Mauro shows me some of the safety equipment and the hang glider itself. Its supporting ropes, which I will soon be hanging from, appear flimsy, though he assures me that a car could be hung from them.

We are connected up and head to the platform with our kite, where I’m reminded that, due to the lack of wind, we need to run fast in tandem to make sure we gain enough speed, and therefore lift, so we will actually fly. Mauro points to the fact that we are both overweight men, so running fast will be all the more important.

I’m focused on the task; running for my life. At the count of three, we bolt to the edge and simply fall off the edge platform. I was forewarned not to attempt to jump. We descend straight down towards a mound of grass about 20 feet below, not yet flying but not quite falling. An audience has gathered beneath the viewing platform to watch our attempted take-off. It happens so quick, but we fall to just a couple of feet away from the grass below, going at what feels like breakneck speeds. Will we crash? No. Our kite catches the air and we lift upwards and outward just in time – away from the grass. In any case, the grassy bank below suddenly falls off a sheer cliff and we now have instant height as well as lift. We are no longer falling. We are flying.

The trees below are a great many hundreds of metres below. Considering my fear of height, I tell myself it is all a painted canvas – it certainly appears that way. Rocinha twinkles in the distance alongside the ‘two brothers’ mountain. The ocean glows a deep blue. A humid mist rises from the trees below as the sun burns off the tropical rainfall we’d had last night. Everything appears as a picture. The feeling of weightlessness is a thrilling. Rio’s beauty from this height is awe-inspiring.

The flight, which felt slow and elegant, started to quicken as we come in towards the beach landing strip. Mauro reminds me to keep my hands away from the bars, which are his steering wheel. The gentle waves below are a vibrant turquoise colour.

As we swoop towards the beach, I realise our speed is far greater than I can run. Mauro pushes the bars up; the angle of the hang glider’s wings then slows us to a halt. Out feet touch the soft golden sand. The flight is over. Mauro congratulates me. For him, this is his office, 7 days a week. I can see why he loves it. My fear of heights and flying is cured. I want to climb back in the pickup truck and do it all again. Rio has inspired me. Its official tourism slogan was once ‘Celebrate Life.’ It now all makes sense.

There are many hang gliding instructors connected to the São Conrado facility. Bookings aren’t necessary but it might be worth booking ahead, especially on weekends. Prices range from R$300-450 (100 – 150) and photographs and live video are usually provided.

Contact Mauro Sacramento:

Phone: (21) 7816-5737
Email: mauromsfly@hotmail.com

Shaun is a journalist and blogs on Brazil. His blog can be found at 0 Comments/by

By Maria A Petit
February 20, 2013

TGIF (American slang for Thank God its Friday) was lingering in the air last Friday as it symbolized the beginning of ‘Carnaval’. Although most people had already left early from work to their ‘Carnaval’ destinations, mostly to the north or Rio de Janeiro. For those running away from ‘Carnaval’ they escaped to Punta del Este in neighboring Uruguay. I however decided to stay in São Paulo not sure what to expect.

A São Paulo expat veteran was not reassuring of the idea and I quote him The entire city empties out, you might as well use this time to get organized and watch a movie.” Well I’ll be darned if I stayed home to watch a movie during ‘Carnaval’ and Jaime, The J in JAM felt the same way! Luckily we had been tipped off by our friend Allan Conalves from Kekanto about a bloco (street party and parade) starting at 7PM on Rua Augusta. By 6PM it started to pour down cats and dogs and by 6:30PM Jaime was on the phone with her husband Tim with an urgency that would make a life and death emergency seem tame “Where are you?! What? You’re still at work?! It starts at 7PM!! Come home NOW!”.

And so it was, umbrellas in hand we were off to the bloco in the pouring rain. We arrived for 7:15PM to only a few people on the street, a lot of policeman and a giant truck with music blasting. And then we waited because we obviously forgot Brazilians are on Brazilian time. By 9PM the scene quickly started to unravel with people arriving in crowds, free beer pouring from a truck, people spraying each other with shaving cream and giveaways (t-shirts and ridiculous inflatable props sponsored by Skol) tossed from the main truck.

During our waiting time Jaime spotted a divine creature from heaven that must have spent the entire year working out his body for this occasion. (A lot of guys work out during the months leading up to carnival just so they can look amazingly hot, its almost competitive). We also each drank one beer and 5 shots of tequila (later to prove the perfect formula for such an adventure). Upon the arrival of the ‘bateria’ (Percussionists) we started parading down Rua Augusta (from Paulista) destined for Centro to the Teatro Municipal. Like a moth to a flame I stuck to the bateria, which was perfect because Tim and Jaime always knew where they could find me.

And then it happened, in the middle of the chaos I encountered that divine creature from heaven and before I knew what was on, we were kissing. Followed by “Can I have your phone number?” “Sure” I replied, who would say no to that?! He followed it up with “I’m going to call you tonight” to which I responded “I don’t have my phone on me” to which he responded “no, no no, I have to reach you tonight” to which I responded “Tranquilo (Portuguese for calm down), you can still call me tomorrow.” To which he responded “No, no, no I can’t because my wife returns tomorrow”. OMG! (American slang for ‘Oh my God’)! Shameless!!! He pulled a Brazilian on me! Gross! Since married men are definitely not my scene, I spent the rest of the evening running away from him. However, he eventually caught up with us and his opening line was “Just 5 minutes, come with me for just 5 minutes.” I had no intention of entertaining his request but honestly 5 minutes?!! So I egged him on and replied “5 minutes?!! I need more than 5 minutes!!” To which he replied “Ok. Ok… 10 minutes!!” Jaime, Tim and I could not stop laughing! We were like but “You’re married” and he was like “Mas Carnaval, so Brasileiro!” (But Its ‘Carnaval’ and besides I’m Brazilian).

Maria is a Venezuelan-born American living in São Paulo, Brazil. She has a BA in Finance, Multinational Business and Spanish from Florida State University. She initiated her career at Motorola Inc. as their Europe, Middle East and Africa MDb Commercial Director, leaving in 2009. This was followed by an 18 month sabbatical during which she Co-Founded 0 Comments/by

January 20, 2013

Meet Ryan Griffin who moved to Brazil recently. Read the following interview in which he tells us about some of his most memorable experiences and gives some useful advice to newcomers.

1. Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, what do you do etc.?

I am from originally the state of Maine in US. I am a Floral Designer/Instructor by profession.

2. When did you arrive in Brazil and what brought you here?

I arrived October 1st last year. I got married in São Paulo two years ago and my spouse got a job down here.

3. What were you first impressions of Brazil?

My first impressions were the warm natured and diverse people, and the variety of nature.

4. What do you miss most about home?

My family and friends and food.

5. What has been your most frustrating experience in Brazil?

The slowness of how everything operates here mostly red tape wise.

6. What has been your most memorable experience in Brazil (specific incident)?

There has been many but we went to Peruibe recently in the mountains to see a waterfall – the scenery on the trip was inspiring!

7. What do you most like about Brazil (in general)?

The people are so warm and kind – no matter what they have a smile on their face.

8. What is your favorite restaurant/place to hang out here?

I really like to walk around Villa Lobos park. Very calming and not crowded.

9. Do you have any funny stories/incidents to tell about your time in Brazil?

When we first moved here I was planting some plants under the carport in the condo we live in. There was a hedge-like fence behind me and I slipped and fell backwards into the neighbors yard with my feet stuck up in the hedge. Quite the scene!

10. What difference between your homeland and Brazil do you find most striking?

The biggest differences I find are that people are more family oriented here than back home, and the pace of life is slower here.

11. How is your Portuguese coming along? What words do you find most difficult to pronounce/remember or are there any words that you regularly confuse?

The language is a struggle, my brain is not a sponge anymore. I try every day to learn new words and phrases but it’s a difficult language to learn. Especially gender references given to objects.

12. What advice do you have for newcomers to Brazil?

Adapt here, don’t try to change the culture to your liking but fit in, you’ll do great. Of course patience is key here.

13. What are some things that you would recommend for a visitor to do in São Paulo (or anywhere else in Brazil)?

Try to visit non-tourist places to see the real culture. It’s a fun learning experience and one you’ll enjoy.

You can contact Ryan via ryanalgriff@yahoo.com.

Are you a foreigner who has lived in, or is living or travelling in Brazil? Are you a Brazilian who has a lot of contact with foreigners and/or lived outside of Brazil? Are you interested in telling your story? If you would like to volunteer for our interview series, or if you would like to recommend someone, please send a blank email to gringoes@www.gringoes.com with Interview” in the subject. We will send you the interview questions by return email.

To read previous interviews in the Brazil Through Foreign Eyes series click below:

Maya Bell – New Zealand
Rob McDonell – Australia
Scott Hudson – Australia
Elaine Vieira – South Africa
Rich Sallade – USA
Michael Smyth – UK
Chris Caballero – USA
Wiliam Stewart – USA
Meredith Noll – USA
Mike Smith – UK
Jan Hillen – Belgium
Arne Rasmussen – Denmark
Don Fenstermaker – USA
Ken Van Zyl – South Africa
Angus Graham – UK
Anne Morddel – USA
Jessica Mullins – Switzerland
Evan Soroka – USA
Mary de Camargo – USA
Brendan Fryer – UK
Aaron Sundquist – USA
Jay Bauman – USA
Alan Williams – USA
Derek Booth – UK
Jim Shattuck – USA
Ruby Souza – Hawaii
Stephan Hughes – Trinidad and Tobago
Louis van der Wiele – Holland
Drew Glaser – USA
Barry Elliott – Canada
Joel Barsky – USA
David Drummond – Canada
Liam Porisse – France
Jim Kelley – USA
Max Ray – USA
Jeremy Clark – Canada
Don Fredrick – USA
Jase Ramsey – USA
Ben Pearce – UK
Nitai Panchmatia – India
Johnnie Kashat – USA
Jeni Bonorino – USA
Eric Jones – USA
Bill Martin – UK
Bernard Morris – USA
John Graves – USA
Deepak Sapra – India
Alison McGowan – UK
Brent Gregory – USA
R Dub – USA
Tara Bianca – USA
Jack Hurley – USA
James Woodward – Canada
Tony O’Sullivan – Ireland
Anna Belavina – Russia
Jim Kirby – USA
Linda Halverstadt – USA
Michelle Monteiro – USA
Chris Mensah – UK
David Sundin – USA
Stephanie Glennon – USA
Julien Porisse – France
Hans Keeling – USA
Jim Adams – USA
Richard Murison – USA
Will Periam – UK
Jan Sandbert – Sweden
Jim Jones – USA
Mike Stricklin – USA
Edward Gowing – Australia
Adrian Woods – USA
Kevin Raub – USA
Pierpaolo Ciarcianelli – Italy
Zachary Heilman – USA
David Johnson – Bermuda
Cipriana Leme – Argentina
Timothy Bell – USA
Patti Beckert – USA
Timothy Bell – USA
Paul James – USA
David McLoughlin – Ireland
Pat Moraes – USA
Richard Dougherty – USA
James Weeds – USA
Tom Sluberski – USA
Peter Kefalas – USA
Sylvie Campbell – UK
Kathleen Haynes – USA
Matt Bowlby – USA
Alan Longbottom – UK
Eric Karukin – USA
Eddie Soto – USA
Kieran Gartlan – Ireland
Bryan Thomas Scmidt – USA
Emile Myburgh – South Africa
Bob Chapman – USA
David Barnes – USA
John Milan – USA
Chris Coates – UK
Matthew Ward – UK
Allison Glick – USA
Drake Smith – USA
Jim Jones – USA
Philip Wigan – UK
Atlanta Foresyth – USA
Lee Gordon – USA
Carmen Naidoo – South Africa
Lee Safian – USA
Laurie Carneiro – USA
Dana De Lise – USA
Richard Gant – USA
Robin Hoffman – USA
Wayne Wright – UK
Walt Kirspel – USA
Priya Guyadeen – Guyana
Caitlin McQuilling – USA
Nicole Rombach – Holland
Steven Engler – Canada
Richard Conti – USA
Zak Burkons – USA
Ann White – USA
Monde Ngqumeya – South Africa
Johnny Sweeney – USA
David Harty – Canada
Bill McCrossen – USA
Peter Berner – Switzerland/Brazil
Ethan Munson – USA
Solveig Skadhauge – Denmark
Sean McGown – USA
Condrad Downes – UK
Jennifer Silva – Australian
Justin Mounts – USA
Elliott Zussman – USA
Jonathan Abernathy – USA
Steve Koenig – USA
Kyron Gibbs – USA
Stephanie Early – USA
Martin Raw – UK
Sean Coady – UK
Hugo Delgado – Mexico
Sean Terrillon – Canada
Jessie Simon – USA
Michael Meehan – USA
Thales Panagides – Cyprus
Tammy Montagna – USA
Samantha Tennant – England
Ron Finely – United States
Bob Duprez – United States
Peter Baines – England
Youssef Bouguerra – Tunisia
Van Wallach – USA
Lesley Cushing – England
Alexander von Brincken – Germany
Hank Avellar – USA
Ed Catchpole – England
Penny Freeland – England
Yasemin de Pinto – Turkey
Amy Williams Lima – USA
John Naumann – England
Marsye Schouella – Eygpt
Rita Shannon Koeser – USA
John Fitzpatrick – Scotland
Liam Gallagher – Northern Ireland
Lorelei Jones – England
Adam Glensy – England
Tommie C.B. DeAssis – Japan
Aaron Day – Canada
Graham Debney – New Zealand
Silke Tina Tischendorf – Germany
Tanya Keshavjee Macedo – Canada
Frank de Meijer – Holland
Carl Emberson – Australia
Kim Buarque – Wales
Damiano Pak – South Korea
Jonas Helding – Denmark
Pari Seeber – Iran
John Milton – England
Ken Marshall – Australia

By Steve Nelson
February 20, 2013

The largest and most beautiful big cat in The Americas is of course the jaguar. They used to roam all over the tropical areas of the two continents but are now mostly confined to the few remaining lowland wilderness areas, especially the Amazon and the Pantanal, both of which are mostly inside Brazil territory, and also the Brazilian Cerrado. There are rumours of jaguars surviving in remote areas of the Atlantic Rainforest of the Costa Verde, on the tropical paradise of Ilha Grande or the Laranjeiras Peninsula. The isolation of these areas makes it unlikely that a population could survive for very long in such a small habitat, but certainly not impossible. The Atlantic Rainforest watered by Iguazu Falls is certainly still home to at least one of them, who passes regularly at night through the grounds of the Hotel Das Cataratas in the Brazilian national park, according to the data from his radio collar. He has been seen in daylight too, crossing the park road between the patches of jungle. The Superagui National Park in Paran is a little-visited, surprisingly remote coastal area of mountains and mangroves, where our favourite cat still survives in reasonable numbers.

Areas such as these would require chance encounters, too close encounters perhaps – certainly too close in the case of someone known very well to Brazil Adventure Tours, who came across a jaguar while hunting alone in the forests around Jardim, heading towards the Bolivian border with Mato Grosso do Sul. Thankfully he was too scared to shoot it but sadly it had too good taste to eat him.

There are precious few jaguars remaining in Brazil and South America, so we need to help preserve the ones that survive in the wild, only 25,000 or so at recent estimates. The best way to do this is to encourage people living in the remaining jaguar hotspots, such as the Pantanal and Amazon, that they can benefit more from a live jaguar than a dead one, and that ecotourism can last a jaguar lifetime while hunting tourism can last a quick shot. So in this case, jaguar hunting means jaguar spotting, or at least it had better do… Besides, jaguar spotting sounds more like you want to paint the poor creature.

As humans and their farming and logging have encroached into and destroyed much of the habitat of the big cats in Brazil, the best chance to see a jaguar comes in the two great remaining wilderness areas – The Amazon Jungle and The Pantanal Wetlands. The Amazon being a largely impenetrable jungle makes it difficult to spot wildlife further than two trees away. Jaguars are also intelligent elusive, solitary predators, so remaining hidden is in their nature. It is very difficult to spot a wild jaguar in the Amazon, although it can happen.

The wetlands and savannah of the Pantanal give far more open vistas. In the wet season of December to April, the higher waters mean that all fauna (and a billion mosquitoes) concentrate on the islands of land high enough to remain above the water level, meaning that locating the wildlife is far easier, and if you know where prey such as the capybara hang out then you have far more chance of seeing a jaguar, and also the other big cats such as the puma and ocelot. Both these creatures and many more are helped by any jaguar conservation projects, as they don’t infringe on the jaguars habitat and alimentation. The jaguar is known as an ‘umbrella species’ in that its survival ensures the survival of many more below the apex of the jaguar in the food chain.

Around 30 years ago Pantanal ranchers began to realise, with a little encouragement from wildlife groups of course, that visitors wanted to see such creatures in the wild and not shoot them, and their farming methods adapted to protect the habitat in conjunction with the farming (leaving termite mounds standing in the fields for giant anteaters is one example). Not shooting them was obviously the biggest help. Naturalists and wildlife specialists also began to open lodges to run alongside their research programmes and preservation projects. The behaviour of the pantaneiro jaguar in his natural habitat is now more understood, and this can help raise the chances of seeing them, even in such huge territory.

The odds of the jaguar thriving in the Pantanal are now far higher with so many people now depending on them for a living, and also having been educated into protecting them and all the other beautiful creatures that make their home in the wetlands, which certainly wasn’t the case even 15-20 years ago. Your Jaguar Hunt in Brazil can also help to encourage the protection of the species, and all the others that may not even realise that they are sheltering under a jaguar umbrella.

You may still have to journey for your sighting though. Jaguars can be seen on the peripheries of the wetlands, in the channels, on the muddy banks, or even swimming if you are very lucky. To improve your chances though you need to stay at one of the specialised lodges further inside the Pantanal. The Southern Pantanal close to Campo Grande does have plenty of options, but the Northern Pantanal around Cuiaba has better access to more remote areas. Porto Jofre in particular has been a region for jaguar to hang out in reasonable numbers, upstream from the town on the Rio Piquiri. All journeys are done by boat, so trips are seasonal, and specialist jaguar-watching expeditions mean staying in boats or simple accommodation right in the heart of Jaguar Country, with possibilities for close encounters day and night.

The chances of seeing a jaguar in Brazil may be slim these days but if you are willing to invest time and effort to make it possible, then you can take it from us that any sighting of this rare and beautiful creature will be one of your most special moments in Brazil.

Activity Information: A trip to the Pantanal can be as short or as long as you like. The best chance to see a jaguar comes with expert guides on a properly organised trip, visiting the areas where jaguars are known to frequent.

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