Charming, homely lodge on a working cattle ranch, offering wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities.
This working fazenda (country farm) is found deep within the Pantanal wetlands, three hours' drive from Campo Grande. It has been in the same family for about 150 years, and diversifying into ecotourism and fishing has done nothing to change the homely atmosphere. Pousada Aguape is also involved in several community and conservation initiatives.
Rooms are comfortable if simple, with few adornments but all the essentials. The prime motivation for staying here is of course the magnificent wildlife spotting opportunities, and in this it will certainly not disappoint: even within the hotel grounds you will be presented with a theatre of animal and bird life, from toucans and parrots displaying their plumage in the branches to the occasional armadillo, capybara or anteater roaming through the gardens. Included in your stay is a well-organised programme of excursions designed to show you the natural environment from a variety of perspectives as you go in search of its exotic wild inhabitants.
Also included are all meals at the restaurant, which places an emphasis on tasty local food. There's also a swimming pool, sand volleyball court and hammocks to relax in during breaks between excursions.
What our clients say
Highlights?: Ouro Preto and Paraty.CE, Barnett
Highlight: Pousada Rio Mutum, the sun rise trip and evening sunsets.IS, Crowthorne
Iguazu Falls, both sides spectacular, getting a flavour of Rio and being taken such good care of as a single traveller.MB, Thatcham
Our trip was most enjoyable particularly because of the wide variety of locations and experiences. Difficult to pick out the most memorable - but the Anavilhanas l Lodge was quite outstanding.PA, Bourne End
Highlights?: The sighting of Fera the jaguar, and the giant otter sighting at Rio Mutum.MM, Ascot
All of it was memorable, the Hotel were the perfect choice and the guides were knowledgeable and very helpful. The Falls were breath-taking and listening to the falls and bird in the park in the morning was fantastic. Listening to the waves at Copacabana was great at night ad in the morning. They ensured we were checked in for our flights and willing to offer us guidance to ensure we have covered various experiences.BS, Harrow
Our expert's view
Jim Ashworth - Product & Marketing
Jim first caught the Latin American travel bug in 2001 when he decided at the last minute to join a friend travelling around Central America – he hasn't looked back since.
Although more basic than some of the other lodges in the Pantanal, Pousada Aguape’s charm lies in its rustic family feel and remote location. Before I’d even arrived, I had spotted a giant anteater and a family of hyacinth macaws greeted me on arrival swooping from a nearby tree. For me this was the real Pantanal experience and I loved every minute.
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