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
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
The Iguazu falls were amazing. Brazilia was also a real experience and is undersold - it is a really singular place to visit - the parliament and other buildings are free to visit if you time it right. Rio was Rio and not to be missed all the highlights are highlights and will never forget visiting Christ the Redemptor on a steaming hot day. Christmas on Copacabana should be experienced by everyone - forget the turkey in the cold- this is how to live!AB, Reading
Highlight: Pousada Rio Mutum, the sun rise trip and evening sunsets.IS, Crowthorne
Most memorable was the approach toward the Falls on impossibly built metal walkways you could not have imagined the spectacle laid out before you. Our guide who sat on the prow of the boat and the atonishment as he leaped into the water distracting a Cayman and bringing it on board tightly held The view from the top looking down on Rio from the location of the Redemmer.AC, Saffron walden
Every day was special and we have many happy memories but probably the highlights were the views from the top of Sugar Loaf, getting up close to waterfalls, swimming in the Rio Negro and whale watching.LL, Tonbridge
Highlight?: Diversity of wildlife in Brazil. The Iguacu Falls. Swimming in the Rio Negro. Seeing a Sloth. The whole journey was a trip of a lifetime.JW, Isle of Islay
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
Too many highlights - standing at the base of Christ the Redeemer, canoeing in the Amazon rainforest and sitting at the Cococabana Palace beach club on Cococabana beach........A fantastic holiday - thank you so much for organising everything I wanted and making my 2 weeks in Brazil so memorable.AL, London
Iguazu Falls, both sides spectacular, getting a flavour of Rio and being taken such good care of as a single traveller.MB, Thatcham
Iguacu Falls were spectacular Rio views as per postcards!!JM, Callander
Highlights?: Ouro Preto and Paraty.CE, Barnett
Highlight: The wildlife at Mutum - tapir, caimans, anteater, capybara, massive range of birdlifeDL, London
Most Memorable Moment: Spotting 7 Jaguars in Refugio Caiman and Iguacu Falls. I also had my photo taken with Ronaldinho on Copacabana Beach. Ha!BW, London
Most Memorable Moment?: Trip to Mount Corcovado & Sugar Loaf but many memorable moments.MB, Bishop's stortford
Highlights: Sambadrome and IguacuRB, Reigate
Most memorable experience: "The contrast between city, wildlife and the beach."JB, Leicester
Most Memorable Moment?: Probably seeing river otters at Pousada do Rio Mutum but we really liked the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls too.SS, Teddington
Highlight?: Days in Olinda during Carnaval practice. Delta cruise from Parnaiba and 5 days in Jeri.JI, Orpington
Where to start? The World Cup match in Salvador, the old town of Salvador itself, swimming with wild dolphins in Praia de Pipa, watching monkeys play at breakfast, piranha fishing then feeding caimans in the Pantanal, playing football on Copacabana beach, seeing Christ the Redeemer for the first time, dancing in Rio Sanarium, all the Brazilian people we met who were so friendly. The best holiday we have ever been on.LM, London
The whole trip was memorable because it was one fantastic adventure in four parts . We absolutely loved the stays in the Amazon & the Pantanal and felt exhilarated from the visits. We saw & experienced great things and have so many lovely memories.GHS, Iver
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?: Getting wet at Iguazu on the boat trip. Cooking in Stella's home on Flavours of Bahia tour.JM, Glasgow
Most Memorable Moment?: We were lucky enough to have a major thunder storm overnight at the Iguazu falls and these were unbelievably spectacular the next day. Also the Lencois Marahenas was utterly beautiful and quite different to anything else we saw.KT, Andover
Highlight: Visiting Iguazu Falls.TF, Wakefield
Highlight: Walking on the trails through the rainforest on Ilha Grande.CB, Leeds
Rio - the ultimate party city. The Pantanal - fascinating wildlife. Iguacu - Wow ! And the Andes - Incredible. We ran out of superlatives to describe what we were seeing.PM, Stamford Brook
Highlights?: The sighting of Fera the jaguar, and the giant otter sighting at Rio Mutum.MM, Ascot
Most memorable experience: "There are too many! looking down from Christ the Redeemer at sun set in Rio, using the local buses to get about town, sitting at an outdoor cafe on Ilha Grande and swimming in the natural pool outside of Paraty."ZB, London
This trip was memorable from start to finish. We will definitely be visiting Brazil again.JH, Dorking
Expert help in tailoring a holiday that took in the nature of the country (the Amazon), the cities (Manaus, Rio and Salvador) and the idyllic beaches of Bahia - all in a not overly rushed two weeks.DA, West Norwood
Most memorable experience: "Hard to say it was all wonderful. Looking for alligators in a minute boat in the dark with eyes peering at you from out of the reeds, took a bit of beating. Also the boat whizzing around under the falls was very special. The guides did a great job and it was great not being in a large group. I can't speak highly enough of the whole trip."VM, Shoreham-by-Sea
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