With my wife we have spent 3 days in Pantanal at the beginning of June. Our group consisted of five people. We were picked up from our hotel in Cuiaba by the PantanalEcoExplorer car in the morning. The last day in the evening we were dropped off at a hotel, which PantanalEcoExplorer helped us to book in the busy time of World Cup.
The first day we've followed the Transpantaneira road to Pousa Alegre. On our way we've stopped several times to watch birds, caymans, other animals and some trees and plants. Sai, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the Brazilian nature, despite the fact he is Peruvian. Sai spoke perfect English, so it was very easy to ask any questions. In the evening we've done horse back riding, which was a very nice experience.
The second day we've woken up early (5am) and had a 2h walk to watch wildlife at the dawn. It wasn't particularly successful walk. It was misty and we saw nothing. After breakfast and a short nap we had another walk (in the daylight this time) watching birds especially. We've seen two species of toucans, parrots, some hawks, caracaras and jabirus. After lunch we took a ride to the closest river and had a short boat trip. After we climbed 20m tall wooden construction where we could have a look from above at the Panatanal landscape. In the evening we had a night safari during which we saw a crab eating fox and an anteater. Personally I didn't like night safaris - the truck we've used was very bumpy and noisy. I prefer by far to watch nature when it's perfectly quiet.
We've also started the third day early in the morning (4am) and done the night safari again, but we havn't spotted anything more than an anteater and capybaras. After breakfast we had a short walk close to Pousa Alegre. Sai (the guide) told us that if we were in the jungle with no food we can eat termites, which taste like carrots - we've checked - he was right. We've had our lunch and on our way back we've stopped in the forest to search for monkeys. We've seen Black and Gold Howler Monkey and some other species.
The room with bathroom was clean and air-conditioned. The food at Pousa Alegre was really good. Traditional Brazilian food cooked by the pousa owner. Interesting thing: the pousa owner in his free time particularly liked to catch snakes. During our stay he has cached two and showed them to us.
We've really liked out guide Sai. He was enthusiastic and tried hard to help us see and learn as much as possible. During one of our walks we've seen a tree with not eatable fruits. Sai told us that the fruit's juice can be used to create a temporary tattoo. In the evening I've checked if he was right. Unfortunately yes - I was unable to get rid of the "tattoo" for two weeks!
I strongly recommend the PantanalEcoExplorer company!
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