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Rodovia Transpantaneira KM 110 The Pantanal, Pocone, State of Mato Grosso 78175-000 Brazil
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#6 of 22 Specialty lodging in Poconé
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The Lodge Jaguar Ecological Reserve has been improving its activities more and more. we have new apartments all suite, air conditioning and hot bath and specialist in observation of Jaguar and other animals of the Pantanal
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Tom R wrote a review Jun 2022
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What an amazing place this is! This is the place for wildlife lovers who like to be among other down to earth wildlife lovers. You don't come all the way out here to stay in a classy hotel. You come out here to be in touch with nature. And that is exactly what this place bids you. The owner is super knowledgeable and the best guide in the Pantanal you can wish for. And besides that he is very friendly and nothing is too much to ask. The meals were superb and the environment of this lodge is teeming with beautiful birds. All in all I can only say that I will be back here soon and often.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Cameron P wrote a review Jun 2022
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
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I stayed with Eduardo at the lodge for 6 night and wish I could of stayed longer! I did 5 boat trips and on each one saw at least 3 Jaguars often having multiple sightings of different Jaguars. Whoever the guide was, was fantastic at positioning the boat for the sightings and to enable us to take photographs. The guides were extremely knowledgeable not just on Jaguars but all fauna and flora within the pantanal! I have been travelling in South America for 6 months and this is by far the highlight of my trip. The food was amazing, rooms comfortable and staff friendly. I do not see the location not being on the river as a negative at all as we did two safaris to get to and back from the river each day in which we saw multiple anacondas (none on the river) other species of snakes, lizards and a whole spectrum of birds and flora. Each day on the boat was unique experiencing different individual Jaguars, in different locations, exhibiting different behaviours. I couldn’t recommend visiting the north pantanal more to nature / wildlife enthusiasts and staying at Jaguar Ecological reserve with the family who pioneered ecotourism and the transformation of cattle ranching to Jaguar conservation in the area. Thank you Edwardo and team!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Jens Rees wrote a review Jan 2022
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I stayed 3 Days + 4 Nights here in the Jaguar Ecological Reserve. Eduardo, the Owner and Founder is a fabulous Host. After 10-12 hours safari days in the pantanal with phenomenal Wildlife Sightings and unforgettable moments deep in the wilderness we had wonderful chats. Eduardos Knowledge about the pantanal, the big cats like Jaguar or pumas, but also about Birdlife and the complete wildlife spectrum here in this areal is brilliant.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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JeanGeorges2013 wrote a review Jan 2022
Los Angeles, California11 contributions
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From start to finish, we had an amazing time. Eduardo and his driver picked us up at Cuiaba, we stopped in Pocone for lunch and then arrived at the Ecolodge around the afternoon. We spend 5 days here, and our itineraries included: - A hike through the jungle - Boat tours - Horseback riding - Night safaris, both on the open air jeep and walking night tours Eduardo and his team are locals to the area and are very knowledgeable. We were looking for an authentic experience and literally be in the jungle, which we were. Over the course of our stay, we saw pretty much all of the animals we were hoping to see: Jacare, Kapibaras, lots and lots of beautiful birds and hawks, a toucan, monkeys, tarantulas, foxes, and yes, even three leopards! His planning was impeccable (packed lunches etc.) all of the meals were delicious. He is really passionate about what he does and shares this passion with the guests - if you're a nature lover, you're in for a treat. I read a different review here about the challenges of maintaining a resort/hotel in this area and agree with it: Given the heavy rains and how the Pantanal in general (including where this lodge is located) tends to flood, the Ecolodge really is in excellent shape. If it’s your first time to the rainforest (it was not for us, just saying though) prepare yourself (there are many mosquitos, etc etc.) and you might have a few insects in your room, that’s just inevitable if you really want to be living the full experience. I highly recommend this experience and would do it again!!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Jeferson Preti wrote a review Sep 2020
Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP7 contributions1 helpful vote
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In my researchs, I have always found it very expensive to visit the north of the Pantanal in relation to other regions. However, I understood how difficult it is to maintain a business there: - Urban structure (supermarket, gas stations, hospitals) at least 100km on a dirt road, full of animals (accidents are common); - The boat ride (about 200km) uses a lot of gas, which is actually very expensive there; - Cellular and TV signals are precarious; - It is very difficult to get specialized and committed labor (mainly this) there (in Brazil, this is one of the main challenges of an entrepreneur, and it is a greater challenge there); So it became clear to me that to expect a fantastic urban hotel structure there would be pure utopia, even if paying a horror of money. In this context, perhaps the main negative point of the Jaguar Eco Reserve experience was the sale presentation of the place, which gives the impression that the place has a really fantastic structure, which is not true (nor can it be). I think a presentation in the sense to inform possible guests about the difficulties of a business maintaining there, would provide less post-visit dissatisfaction. On the other hand, although the structure is not fantastic, it serves well: - the room have some small issues (as conditioned air without regulation, small holes in internal walls can acommodate insects, bathroom water not so clear), but in general, it is good (bed/pillows, mosquitos isolation, room/bathroom space, view of the room and the decoration are very good); - the staff service, it yes, is really fantastic; - the food is simple, but soooo delicious; - several animals "visit" the property; And the main object, which is the orientation and support to see the Pantanal Fauna, does not disappoint at all. Eduardo gave us all the support to see the most difficult animals to see in their natural habitat, such as the jaguar and the anaconda. So, for me, the experience was really great, perhaps because I was much more focused about fauna visualization than structure confort. If the fauna visualization is more important for you too, then the investment will be well paid.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Rob B wrote a review May 2020
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Where do I begin? What an amazing experience this was. I am backpacking Brazil at the moment and wanted to get somewhere in which I can actually move around. Eduardo helped me sort out all my travel arrangements and had his extremely capable son picking me up from the bus station. With not many tourists in the Pantanal due to the situation, I felt like I had this stunning paradise to myself. I have been to the Pantanal before, but once again, the number of animals you see is absolutely staggering. I cannot even describe it. Of course, every tourist seems to be most interested in the illusive Jaguar, but you must appreciate all the other wildlife present as it simply is a wonder of the world. I have never seen so many, interesting and beautiful birds, especially as the accomodation has plenty of trees which the birds love to socialise on. Eduardo is extremely well read when it comes to Jaguars but I was just at the lodge with Roberto, the brother in law of Eduardo who showed me the ropes and made me laugh frequently. Absolutely charming he is, very friendly and became a good mate by the end. The whole team made me feel extremely welcome. But it was the Pantaneros in training who took me on the most amazing boat trip, I say in training, but they are all in their early 20s and incredibly skilled - it puts me to shame! It is like watching Jedi masters as they drove boats and cars impeccably through the often difficult terrain of the Pantanal. Do bring plenty of mosquito repellent as those little buggers love a gringo, or in fact any new person not from the Pantanal. I had some of the most delicious, fresh, wild, organic meats you could ask for. I learnt a lot about the world of animals with this trip making me want to work with animals even more. I did see a Jaguar, which was awesome, but I saw many, many other things worth writing about. Don't pester the team for Jaguars, it isn't a zoo where they are in cages. Be patient, be aware and don't spend your whole trip looking through a camera lense or you will miss nature's performance. Thank you team. Much much love. Oh, Eduardo, thanks for picking me up on the side of the road and taking me to the place needed. Muito agradecido tchau Rob
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Pranay K wrote a review Oct 2019
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We stayed at the Reserve for 3 days during which time we had an excellent experience. The Reserve is in a remote part of the Pantanal and hence we did not expect 5 star accommodations but were pleasantly surprised by what was on offer. The birdwatching and wildlife viewing experiences were mind blowing including up close encounters with Jaguars, Toucans and Hyacinth Macaws. We were lucky to have the Reserve's owner, Eduardo, as our guide on our private tour for the entire duration of our stay. Eduardo is very passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to the local wildlife and will do his very best to guarantee that you thoroughly enjoy your stay in the Pantanal. Good luck Eduardo and thank you for all the unforgettable memories!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Walter J wrote a review Aug 2019
Philadelphia34 contributions22 helpful votes
When my best friends and I wanted to go to the Pantanal, we talked to some professional naturalists about where to stay. They all agreed that if your purpose for going to the Pantanal is to see wildlife, then Jaguar Ecological Reserve is the place to stay. Wildlife is always unpredictable, but everyone that we spoke to said that we would see jaguars, Giant River Otter, Hyacinth macaws, and countless caiman (a relative of the alligator), parrots and wading birds. We definitely did. During our five night stay, we went on two full day and one half day boat trips in a comfortable, safe little boat. We saw four or five different jaguars on one trip and, if my memory serves me, we saw several others on our other rides. I had four birds that I particularly wanted to see: a Jabiru (a huge stork), a Capped Heron (a lovely bird), a rare Bare-faced Curassow and an American Pigmy Kingfisher. I saw the first three just outside my cabin. Eduardo, our host and an expert guide, found the fourth bird in a thicket along the road. My wife wanted to see a huge, spectacular, iconic Hyacinth Macaw. A number of them roosted in trees a few yards from our cabin. Parakeets, large Lineated woodpeckers, and horneros noted for their big, mud oven like nests, nested within the lodge's fence. The huge, famous Toco Toucan along with many other birds visited the lodge grounds. There was so much happening on the property, that I hated to leave it. But, a short walk down the road, was a bridge that during the dry season has under and next to it a small pond and marsh with dozens of caimans and many birds. While walking down the dusty dirt road, watch for fresh tracks. In the dust we saw huge, very fresh jaguar tracks in front of the lodge, along with fox tracks, tracks from a small cat (ocelot or Jaguarundi - Friends saw both of them.) We learned that one track we could not recognize was a Neotropical River Otter when it ambled across the road in front of us. As I have noted, you can't count on wildlife. We went on a long, chilly night ride and saw basically nothing. Nothing that is until Eduardo stopped our open truck and turned off the lights. In the perfectly clear Pantanal sky, I saw the Milky Way for the first time in years. Since most of us brought our binoculars on the night ride, people were getting incredible views of the planets. I love seeing animals, but this unexpected event, was a highlight of my stay at Jaguar Ecological Reserve. I guess I have to mention the private cabins where my friends and family stayed. They were rustic, but comfortable. My wife and I thought the hand made beds were clever and "artsy." The showers worked and we had no trouble sleeping in the beds. As for the food, there was plenty of it and most of my party seemed to enjoy it. We went there in late July. Everything we read about this dry season month suggested extreme heat. During our five night stay, days were very comfortable and we needed fleeces at night and some days on the river. Be sure to bring layers. If you want a fancy dining room, a swimming pool and a nice bar, pick another place. If you want to see birds and animals of the fabulous Pantanal, then definitely stay at the Jaguar Ecological Reserve.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Room Tip: My friends and family preferred the private cabins in the back over the row of rooms in the front.
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TdHDT wrote a review Aug 2019
Steenbergen, The Netherlands13 contributions3 helpful votes
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Don't doubt about this lodge because of the bad reviews. We have just finished our 4 day tour today and it was 5 stars! Warm water in the room, electricity all day long, wifi all day long, at least 10 giant house-mawkaws (the live freely but they like it allround the reserve), cleaning room every day, good food and the best price in whole Pantanal. Last but not least: Eduardo is the last en only native Pananeiro. He knows all, every noise, every track, every bird, etc. Thanks to him we saw three jaguars, thousants of birds, parrots, mawkaws, wild cats, monkeys and a dozen more. I do not write a review very often but this time i have to! This place deserves nothing less than 5 stars!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sally_Lightfoot74 wrote a review Sep 2018
Lelystad, The Netherlands109 contributions35 helpful votes
Thanks lodge is far in the Pantanal, about three hours driving from Cuiaba. The first hour of the drive is a boring tarmac road, but after that you enter the NP and see birds all around you. We even caught a giant ant eater when crossing the road. That's a way to make an entrance to the lodge. The lodge is basic, but very apt. We had a bungalow with three beds and a private bathroom. I read about bad bathrooms, ours was basic but clean and functional. There were additional blankets for the chilly nights. Food and personnel are great. But the highlight is the jaguar excursion with almost guaranteed succes when in the right season. Great place!!
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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