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“Highlight of our trip through Brazil”

Estrada Parque do Pantanal
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Corumba
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

We booked this big adventure through gilspantanaldiscovery, which was perfect. We stayed at a farm called "sao joao", which is further into the pantanal, compared to most other lodges. The farm was amazing, the food was excellent, our room was good and our guide Tony was very kind and enthusiastic. We are very happy we booked our tour with gilspantanaldiscovery. Transfers were good and Gil answered immediately when we had a question, even weeks after our tour in the pantanal. Service was very very good from this organisation :)

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Reviewed 5 May 2017

There are a couple of ways to do this. You can book a tour and stay on a farm along the Estrada Parque - or (if pressed for time) you can just take a car and drive along the road yourself for a day. Obviously, staying there means more time to see and explore the wildlife. Simply driving along the Estrada Parque will let you see a few animals at least (alligators and capybara mostly) but it depends very much on luck.

There are a bunch of lodges (most of which you can find on this site), plus a couple of a small camping operators such as Bugio Pantanal Tours (you'll need to search Facebook) and Indiana Tours (best avoided if you heed the reviews). The quality of these services varies over time depending on staff and other factors ... so always check recent reviews.

As for the driving option, the trip from Corumbá and out along the Estrada Parque to Buraco das Piranhas takes about six hours depending on road conditions and how long you stop for. In this case be sure to ask around about the current road conditions. My last trip here was March 2017 which was the wet season (with supposedly impassable muddy roads) but in reality the road at that time was dry and easily passable in our Volkswagen Gol, so it pays to ask. The road takes you up past Mt Urucum where the climate is cooler, then descends into the Pantanal ... which is warmer, and is where your fun with mosquitos will begin (especially in the wet season). You'll need to stop at Porto da Manga to take the car ferry across the river to continue your journey. Cost for this as at March 2017 was R$45 (around $12 USD). Note that if driving, take a can of insecticide as mosquitos will enter the car every time you stop. The insecticide will help avoid you passing the rest of the journey swatting at them or getting little dead mosquito marks on the car interior. In terms of animals, you'll see a variety of birds likely including macaws (though maybe not very close), jacaré alligators, capybara, and maybe the odd snake or lizard crossing the road. There are chances of seeing other things but you'll need to trust to luck for those. Keep the lookout for animals when returning to Corumbá on the paved BR-262 as you'll likely still have an opportunity to see Pantanal birds, deer, and other wildlife if you look very carefully.

Whichever way you choose to go, it's highly recommended.

1  Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We booked a tour with Alisson from eco adventures. Alisson was very responsive and detailed in providing all information. We stayed at the Santa Clara Pousada and were really happy with the way it went! Pool, many activities, wildlife spotting, greaaat guides,...

4  Thank PhilipH379
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Indiana tours corumba is a total rip off and daniel is a criminal who will rip you off and lie to you.
We arrived from Bolivia after crossing the border we wanted to get to Bonito.
after talking to Daniel he made a fake phone call and confirmed we could make it to bonito via van.
he overcharged us 150 reils each and told us we had to make one van transfer to get to bonito.
we got off one van waited in the hot sun for 1.5 hours to get the second van. once we where on this we where told we needed to make another van transfer.
when we got to this point we found our daniel had lied to us and he never made a phone call in order for us to make it to bonito.
we where dumped on the highway and forced to pay another 200 reils for a taxi to bonito.
so we decided to cancel our holiday and go to campo grande instead as it was more affordable.
my wife is Brazilian so it was easy for us to find our exactly how Daniel took advantage of us after speaking with the other drivers.
they told us it is not the first time this business has done this. they pretend there is room in the second van take your money and dump you on the road.
if you are thinking of booking anything with these guys please reconsider as they cannot be trusted, are criminals, and an embarrassment to there country

6  Thank Jesse G
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

The Pantanal is a great place for wildlife spotting. However is can be difficult to figure out which Fazenda to visit. We had help by a tourist agency “Pantanal Discovery” which is owned by Gil. His English is great and he was always quick to reply any questions, however the answer wasn´t always straight forward which lead to a couple for miscommunications. Gil is very experience in finding the right trip for you and is highly flexible to meet your needs and interests (Gils mail: pantanaldiscovery@terra.com.br)
The best time to visit the Pantanal is during the dry season where the wildlife is forced to seek the river, which highly increases the chances of spotting them. Furthermore, the river is home to a huge variety of birds and a most for all bird enthusiasts.

1  Thank Julian H
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