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Estrada Parque do Pantanal
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Corumba
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 December 2015

amazing experience, traveling from south to Corumba through this wildlife showcase.
Better check carefully weather conditions since you may not come back when planed.
Animals of all kind along the road. just fantastic

1  Thank Ivan S
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

This year has been awful for rain in Eastern Bolivia and Western Brazil - therefore we arrived to find the Estrada Parque inaccessible and flooded. Ensure you do not travel all the way to the middle of nowhere (Corumba) only to be disappointed!

Thank colincclark
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Indiana tours were very accomodating and explained everything clearly. This impression lasted throughout the pantanel trip. The lodge was comfortable (great ac in rooms), guides were very informative with high level of English. There was plenty of food, lodge located close to mini market for cachaca! Overall it was a great experience of the pantanel!

7  Thank Lemlog
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

The tour:
Booked 2 days/1 night through Daniel at Indiana tours. (Approached in Corumba bus terminal, and later booked at their office across from terminal). Paid 285 RS each for 2 people (after haggling from 300 each). Tour itinerary 1) 1.5 hour Bus ride from Corumba to Pantanal junction. 2) Jeep Ride through Pantanal for approx 2 hours (stopping whenever we saw wildlife) 3) Buffet dinner 4) night boat cruise to see caimans (eyes reflect bright orange in torchlight!) 5) breakfast 6) pantanal jungle walk 7) lunch 8) jeep ride back to junction then Minivan to final destination of choice (either Campo Grande or Bonito). We decided on Campo grande which is 4 hours from the junction and on the way to Rio (our next destination)

The good:
Wildlife seen was excellent! Best part of trip was the jeep ride through the Pantanal! We saw multiple groups of Capybara (including one plonked in the middle of the road!) heaps of Caiman, a toucan, rare Marsh deer, multiple falcons and unique birds and an agouti! Accomodation and food was also good. Dorm room with mosquito nets and aircon.

The Bad: Customer Service and poorly maintained equipment.
1) Safari Jeep - had a damaged axle (reportedly had been broken for a long time but no one had bothered to replace it - instead there were daily maintenance/patch up jobs of the jeep leading to delays/loss of activities. These repairs lead to us leaving 45 mins late on the first day and 2 hours late the next day (meaning we only got a 1 hour jungle walk instead of 2-2.5 hours)

2) Unprofessional and dishonest staff
When we arrived at the lodge, a guide Nick came up to us and told us there was no night cruise tonight. When we asked why, he replied "because your guide does not feel like it". (Unbeknownst to is he WAS our guide!) When we protested, he sent another guide to talk to us who tried to cover for him by saying that dinner would be late tonight ("because we did not know you were coming") and that we would not have time to go after dinner. We then suggested we go BEFORE dinner if there was so much of a delay (which they begrudgingly had to agreed to). However literally 5 minutes later we were called to dinner which WAS actually ready. Our guide then still refused to take us so the other guide kindly agreed to take us. However there was some seriously bad tension at the lodge. The next day, we packed for our jungle excursion (due to be at 7am) then went down to have breakfast. After breakfast we stayed at the table/common area waiting for our guide to let us know where we were going. At 7:10 the other guide rudely yelled at us, telling us that we were late and that the onus was on US as customers to look for our guide (and not the other way around!). After this rude exchange, we bring our backpacks down from the dorm to the edge of the water to await our boat. Surprise surprise there is NO boat. One staff member took it to the other side of the river, and did not take a mobile phone so he could not be contacted to bring it back! We wait on the shore for an hour, finally our guide Nick appears and says the jeep is broken again and may take hours to fix and that we have to do the boat tour (which the other guide takes) and not the jungle tour (which he takes). The other guide at this point does not believe Nick (given his massive work avoidance) takes the boat himself across, talks to the mechanic and organises for another jeep to take us to our jungle walk point while our jeep is repaired. (This guide is the saving grace of this company!) Nick then continues to protest, talking down the jungle tour and strongly encouraging the boat tour. However we are firm and he finally takes us on a half-assed 1 hour jungle tour, where he spends the whole time plodding along, barely even looking around for wildlife to show us and not giving us any information about the Pantanal wildlife flora/fauna. When we complain that it was meant to be a 2-2.5 hour tour he says we were late because of the broken
jeep and now we were behind schedule. However he then doesn't explain why we were forced to make a 20 minute detour to get to overpriced store (whose owners are friends with the tour company) where we have a 20 minute stop! Then after the jungle tour we wait 30 minutes for the jeep, eat lunch, then wait a further hour for the driver to "take a nap" in the middle of the day. We finally leave for the pantanal junction where we wait another 45 mins for our the company's minibus! Why we couldn't use any of the above time for our jungle tour I don't know.

In summary: really enjoyed the wildlife and would highly recommend the pantanal! However, be wary which company you book with and be firm with subcontracted staff to ensure you get what you pay for!

In an additional note- it was quite incredible to see fireflies on the lodge property as well as hundreds of caiman eyes reflecting our torchlight at night - looking like a city of lights on the water horizon!

6  Thank Meerkatski84
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

I arrived in Corumba via this road, from BR262 to Curva do Leque was a lot nicer and funnier, as I was driving on my own. The heading to Corumba the highlight is the crossing over Paraguay river, but then no special mention.

Thank Aroeira A
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