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Pantanal Ranch Meia Lua
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Great place to stay in the southern pantanal”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

This review’s a little late in coming; I stayed with my girlfriend in August 2013, and have only now been reminded to write a review after looking through the photo’s and remembering how amazing it was. I booked the trip after contacting the owner (Mirjam) through her website, and decided to stay in the ranch for 2 days, the Estrada parque hotel (for exploring the river Miranda) for 2 days, and then on to Bonito, which Mirjam also arranged. Our flight got in around 1am, so we were picked up from the airport and taken to the ranch about 2.5 hours away. As we pulled into the ranch a jaguarundi legged it in front of the car, which we took as a good omen.

The Ranch itself was great, the rooms were on the same level as a decent pousada that you’d find anywhere in Brazil. Pretty big, private bathroom, nice beds. There’s a pool, which is great for staying cool during the day. We were there in the “winter” and it was 35C for the first two days, so it was greatly appreciated. The food was exceptional, the cooks on site cooked some of the best traditional food we had during a month in Brazil.

Activity wise we had a walk round the ranch, which was good to get a feel of the landscape, but was a bit disappointing animal wise, yielding a solitary capybara. Later that day we went horse riding just before dusk to try and spot giant anteaters, which was amazing. And hilarious (turns out I’m not much of a horse rider). Our guide was Andre, a mysterious cowboy type character, and Penny who is an Australian working at the ranch, and a bit of an all round legend. She said she wanted to come to see the anteaters, but I think was coming to act as a translator between our guide, who had ok but not perfect English, and ourselves, who had no Portuguese. That was appreciated, as it would have been easy just to send us off with the guide, and it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable. We covered a lot of ground on the horses, but didn’t spot any giant anteaters. We did, however see the rarer southern anteater and some capuchin monkeys in a woodland area on the way back.

The next day we went to the Estrada parque estate to spend a day on the river seeing wildlife, and the next day on a jeep safari/hike. I’ll keep this short as my fingers are starting to hurt. The river was amazing, probably the best part of trip. It was just me and my ladyfriend on a tiny boat with the guide (one of those long jungle explorer boats) smashing it through miles of tropical river. The jeep safari was pretty good as well, and the forest walk was enjoyable. Especially with the guide going constantly off-piste with a machete. Al together, animal wise, highlights were; giant otter, piranha (went fishing for them: 10 man points), armadillo, monkeys, maned wolf, loads of birds of prey/kingfisher/heron species, about a million caimen, coatis, wild boar, tarantula, hyacinth macaw, jabiru stalk, deer. Your eyes start to hurt after a day of concentrating on animal spotting, but to be honest you could probably just let the guide do it, they don’t really miss much.

The thing that stood out throughout the stay was the way Mirjam and Penny actually seemed bothered that you enjoy your stay, and actively tried to make sure that was the case. For example, during our stay there was also a big Brazilian family, who were great people, and we got on really well. However they were a bit noisy and we were slightly worried that this may affect spotting the wildlife. The easiest thing for the lodge to do would be to put us all together, as the jeeps/walking tour would have fit us all with the same guide, so have been cheaper for them. They actually split us up (without us asking), so every activity was just me, my girlfriend and a guide. This made the whole experience much more personal and enjoyable. There were also other examples, like when my girlfriend mentioned during dinner that she was a fan of pao de quiejo, and the next day at breakfast the chef had freshly made her some.

On the day of the hike we stopped off at another lodge to have lunch and then hike on the land there. It was a big ranch in a great spot, can’t remember the name. The standard was way below Meia Lua, there were about 15 backpackers packed into this jeep about to leave, and the food was nowhere near the same level. I imagine it was a bit cheaper than what we paid, but you’re probably only going to be in this part of the world once, so you should make sure you do it properly.

Massive recommendations!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed at the ranch for 2 or 3 days in Dec., 2013. Mirjam is an excellent organizer - she had arranged tours for us on the pantanal and also in Bonito. Everything went well and according to plan. We also got to see quite a bit of wildlife on the ranch - our favorite was the baby Tucan that fell out of it's nest. Mirjam is taking care of it. All the staff at the ranch are really helpful and friendly.

We really enjoyed our time here. When we return to Brazil, we'll definitely try to come here again!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

The ranch offers a lot of activities from horse riding to daytrips to the Pantanal, night walks around the ranch and more. Everything is very well organised by Mirjam and her team. We especially enjoyed our daytrip to the Pantanal with a jeep tour in the morning and a boat trip in the afternoon. We had a great guide on the tour who spoke very good English and pointed out a lot of animals for us - we even saw a jaguar! Breakfast and dinner at the ranch is very nice, too. Our room was pretty basic but clean, I would have appreciated a better shower though.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

We loved this lodge. The manager (Mirjam) is lovely, fluent in English and personally came to pick us up from Bonito. The rooms are simple but perfectly adequate, clean and quiet. All staff were really friendly and knowledgeable and the food was great. Horseriding and spotting anteaters was a particular highlight. Recommend without hesitation.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

Having just 3 weeks to cram in as much of Brazil as possible was a challenging experience with a very high pace attached to it. However having arrived at Meia Lua mid way through my trip was ideal as it provided a little haven to recharge my batteries. We did the 3 night packages which took in a beautiful sunset walk of the ranch, fun filled day sarfari like adventure - wildlife spotting, horse riding and moon light night walk. Even with all these activities the ranch manager arranges all the above in such a way that allows ample time for chilling out in the cool hammocks or by the pool. All meals were included which were increadible and beer can also be bought on the ranch. Th estaff on the ranch we all very welcoming and extremly helpful in assiting with the next leg of our travels ( getting to Bonito). Accomodation was fab and to my surprise had excellent wifi. This was an excecllent choice and I would defo reccommend it on all fronts

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I live in Brazil and my parents-in-law were visiting, it was their first time outside of Europe. We decided to book the package holiday '6 days Pantanal and Bonito' so that we wouldn't have to worry about arranging our own transport and excursions seperately. This was such a good choice, lots of value for money and no need to use your brain for anything else than spotting animals! Mirjam and her colleague Penny were amazing and really helped to customize the package to suit all our wishes. Mirjam was a nurse before so she was very helpful in thinking what would be the best activities for my parents-in-law. Being in Brazil for a while already it's really nice to deal with professionals that allow you to plan things ahead and who pay a lot of attention to details. Already very pleased with the whole preporatory phase, the stay itself lived up to all our expectations! Sure, it's not the most luxurious fazenda in the world, but it's very charming and clean, the rooms have aircon and fans etc. Both Mirjam and Penny are true hosts, they will welcome you personally and sit down to have a chat and explain whatever it is that you want to know. We did lots of excursions (Estrada Parque, horseback riding, morning and night walks) with guides Israel and Selmo, who both grew up in the Pantanal and it was so nice to be around people with such knowledge of the flora and fauna. And last but certainly not least, the food is amazing and all included! The cooks are locals and use lots of produce from the surrounding land, and they know how to make a nice caipirinha to enjoy by the pool too. All in all, if you want to get the most out of your Pantanal stay for a fair price, go here!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

I feel that I'm redoing my evaluation of the Pantanal Ranch, for I had the impression that I had already done it the time, but don't see it.

We traveled as a family with four kids and had a great stay with Mirjam, unfortunately a brief stay. We had originally made plans to stay in a hotel in Bonito for the full extent of our travel, but we where disenchanted there. Fortunately happened upon Pantanal Ranch through trip advisor website and liked the previous reviews.

The property delivers a lot value for what it charges.
The rooms are simple, but very comfortable, with great shower and nice personal touches in the decor.
The grounds are great for travel with kids, where one can let them loose and not be preoccupied, the swimming pool is great for refreshing.
The staff, as a whole is friendly and attentive, meals are deceptively 'simple' home cooking but with great quality. If one manages to catch any fish in the pond, they'll become part of the dinner. Also producing a family ambience is the fact that meals are taken at one long communal table, great for inducing chat with other guests.
Due to our short time constraint, we where not able to take in any of the longer excursion to be had, but the kids loved the horse rides about the property.

Mirjam is a great host and always showed to be preoccupied that every guest had a pleasant experience.

Our only regret is that our stay was to short and certainly will plan to stay longer at the next opportunity.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Pantanal Ranch Meia Lua
Address: Rodovia Br 262 Km 547, Miranda, State of Mato Grosso do Sul 79380-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Mato Grosso do Sul > Miranda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Miranda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pantanal Ranch Meia Lua 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
See, hear, feel, taste, smell, touch and enjoy this natural paradise. The Pantanal Ranch Meia Lua is a bed and breakfast located on a working ranch (fazenda) in the "Portal do Pantanal" (Gateway to the Pantanal - 15kms from Miranda Centro).Our guests can expect: High quality tours in small, private groups; A multi-lingual team fluent in Portuguese, English, German, French, Spanish & Hebrew to make your stay a carefree experience; Organised transfers and easy access to/from Campo Grande, Corumba and Bonito; Fresh gourmet food obtained from local sources and almost no mosquitos!We have a large population of wildlife, including Giant Anteaters, Caimans, Monkeys and Capybaras as well as Toucans, Macaws and other native birds that can be spotted throughout the year. We organise both on-ranch activities (Horse Riding, Fishing, Nature Walks, Night Safari Walks and Tree Meditation), as well as Day Tours into the Estrada Parque, Rio Miranda, Rio Vermelho and other nearby areas of the Pantanal and Bonito.We offer 7 double rooms all equipped with air-conditioning and ensuite private bathrooms as well as an outdoor swimming pool, rich gardens with palms and coconut trees, a restaurant, free WiFi, bicycle usage, a watch tower with panoramic views of the Pantanal sunset, a lake with boat dock and pergola, and a covered hammock area for relaxing. ... more   less 
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