The Pantanal Reviews
Jul 31, 2007
Ok, we'll start off by saying if we met you, you are not included in the "Average Experience" bit...we loved chatting to you all!
We decided to do the tour with 'Ecological Expeditions' in Campo Grande...not sure where they got their name from but if they were in England they'd get done under the Trade Descriptions Act!!! No eco-loos, polluting vehicles and a disturbing willingness to drag wildlife out of their habitat for "better photos"...shame on those of you on our horse ride who thanked the moron who yanked the anaconda out of the water.
The camping area is deep in the Pantanal bush and consists of a couple of palm rooved buildings, housing numerous hammocks and a kitchen/eating area. a large plot out front is where the tents are and there's a football pitch too...a combined England (me), France and US team beat the Brazilian guides!!!
I reckon the tents would be horrible in wet season as they are pretty holey and the hammocks wouldn't be much better as the mossie nets are a bit torn and apparently the mosquitos are evil in rainy season!!!
The three day tour gets you... tent or hammock, 3 meals a day (lunch and dinner were minced 'beef' (yeah right)mixed into spaghetti, salad and rice. Vegetarian option...salad and rice. Sometimes you get Piranha if that tour went out) and 2 trips out of the camp.
Our trips were...Horse ride, Bush walk, Bush walk, Boat trip, Piranha fishing.
Most people seemed really happy with their guide but ours was lazy and disinterested. Apparently we were his last group before his own holiday, so hopefully this is the only reason for that!
If you come in July/August bring some winter woolies - the nights are bloody freezing - we slept in thermals, hats and gloves and we had our Thermarests too!!
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