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Pousada do Rio Mutum
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We had a fantastic stay at Pousada do Rio Mutum. The staff were fantastic – our guide was a lovely, gentle Colombian called Raúl.

The food was an excellent buffet (I bet he [the man who does the cooking] gets lots of offers of marriage, said my beloved, worryingly for me!).

The beds were comfortable and the rooms – in units of two or three, spread out in the grounds – were spacious, light, and colourful, with very comfortable beds.

We were there early in the dry season – the waters were still receding, and the ground was wet; and it rained the night we arrived (and had rained previously). We stayed four nights, and went on several boat trips up and down the caiman-filled rivers Mutum and Cuiabá; we walked with Raúl, who pointed out and named the birds and animals for us.

In the lodge grounds I saw a Brazilian porcupine. An anaconda, and a pair of large, tree climbing iguanas.

There were so many birds – storks, several different species of heron, egrets (I’ve had a few – many snowy and great white egrets, but cattle and others too), a huge jabiru (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabiru) which strutted around, too sexy for its shirt, with its wings outspread (to dry), cardinals (various species including red-beaked ones, which came and fed on scraps at the lodge - comfy chair anyone?), noisy, quarrelsome chaco chacalakas which roamed the lodge … We saw various hawks and many cormorants and black headed vultures. Quarrelsome Chaco chacalaka roamed the lodge grounds – Raúl counted over 10 species of birds at the feeder by the restaurant on the one occasion when he counted. The river is named after the bare faced Curassow – called in Portugues Mutum, onomatopoeically, as that’s approximately the sound it makes. We saw purplish jay, dramatically pink roseate spoonbill, nightjars (on a night walk – so confident in their camouflage they let you walk right up to them). We saw an Ani (Annie's song?) and lots of terns (tern, tern, tern).

The animals grazing the field near the lodge like miniature cattle were capybara – we saw some with birds perched on their backs – one, in the reeds, had both a Jacana and a snowy egret on its back.

We went on a horse ride – my beloved, who is usually rather nervous of horses, found hers completely unfrightening; and I found mine extremely responsive to commands, doing exactly what I asked it to, rather than just following the others. We did a night safari, and saw a giant anteater and a nine-banded armadillo.

If you go (do go if you get the chance!), don’t forget to take binoculars, and think about taking a long telephoto lens for your camera – we wanted to photograph the birds, but couldn’t really get in close with our little camera. (Sadly, we lost the memory card from our camera after leaving here, and before returning home and saving the pictures to a computer.)

The wifi was only available in and near the lounge map room and reception area, and it didn’t always work – but what do you expect so far from the nearest town?

We loved it there, and would go again like a shot if we had an opportunity. It would be really interesting to go again in the wet season – the high water mark was about three metres above ground level in many places, so many of the places where we walked would have been underwater.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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PMutum, Director of Sales at Pousada do Rio Mutum, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2013

Thank you so much for your great review.
It is pleasant for us to have a guest that really enjoys Pantanal ( and understands it) as much as we do and to know that our team help you to enjoy your stay is gratifying. Thank you!
Hoping to see you again !

Tchau!
Mutum Team

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Rio Mutum is not our kind of place. For starters the room was depressing. It’s big enough but it only has some cheap cast-off furniture and a banged up mini-fridge. It was also a bit dirty with smashed bugs on the wall. I saw another trip advisor review also complaining about smashed bugs on the walls. How hard is it to wipe down your walls? The lodge has a large man-made footprint with well-manicured lawns and lots of stone walking paths connecting the cottages, pool area and other buildings. It seems instead of embracing nature they are trying to keep it at bay. There are even a few plastic animal statues dotted around the property, which seems strange. The library doesn’t have any books on the local flora and fauna but it does have 2 TVs and plenty of junk fiction. This lodge is probably perfect for some people including families with small children, but for experienced wildlife-focused travellers like us, I would not recommend it. On a positive note, the food was very good and the staff was very friendly. And once you are on a boat on the river and away from the lodge it is a very beautiful area with a great abundance of birdlife and other animals including capybara and caiman.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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PMutum, Director of Sales at Pousada do Rio Mutum, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2013

We are very sorry for some of your discontentment. We appreciate your input.
Just I would like to give you some of our back ground: Our lodge was builded on an old farm land and with grazing areas and open fields... and we use stones pathways to make sure especially at night, our guests will not step on dangerous animals, like snakes. It is easier to spot it in an stone path way as it would be on dirty soil. Every year, we have times of intensive rain and flooding as Pantanal ecosystem is in a constant change... we need be able to get to our rooms without stepping in the mud created at that time.
We have specialized Fauna and Flora books of Pantanal and birds of Brazil and it is not in the open library as those books went missing many times in the past. It is in our office and it is giving to guest up on request. I am sorry if that information was not giving to you. I will check on it and We will work to improve our communication to our guests.

We are happy to know that you enjoy your tours and our beautiful area with Pantanal Fauna e Flora.

Please, if you would like, I will be happy to talk to you personally, as a family business we look always for ways to improve and get better on our hospitality.
operacional@pousadamutum.com.br ATT: to Estephania Reese

Thank you
Mutum team.

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

I stayed at the Pousada do Rio Mutum for two nights and must say that the quality of the accommodations and service were nothing less than superb. I was picked up promptly in Cuiabá by their driver and a personal guide. My guide Carlo was extremely courteous and professional explaining the natural and local history of the Pantanal and of Mato Grosso. The staff at PDRM were extremely professional and helpful and genuinely interested in ensuring an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 4 wonderful days with our two small boys aged 4 and 6. We had some worries before we arrived re the mossies and activities but it is the highlight of our 5 week trip. Its far removed from a European world and wild (capybara are lovely to see around the site and its totally different) but Elder and his team are fabulous. Our room was very clean - we hit mossie low season and had 5 bites between the 4 of us in total. Just our guide was caring, very knowledgeable, completely attentive but not intrusive and very accommodating to us and our young boys . Nico, our main boat driver/fisherman, was great - we canoed, watched sunrise, rode horses and fished for Pirahna and fed the tiddlers to the cayman back at the pousada. All was wonderful - no small feat with 2 little boys and lots of water. Food was consistently great, plentiful and varied - thanks Eduardo - and Elder runs a delightfully tight ship for the whole pousada. Pool was heavenly after the early starts. Wouldn't have missed it for the world. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Pros of Pousada Do Rio Rutum:
+ The location. Absolutely stunning with capybara, jiburu storks and caymen found all about the resort.
+ The staff. Elder, the manager, was so kind. When discovering it was our honeymoon he put champagne in our room. Flavio our guide was fantastic with eyes like a hawk, making our excursions amazing and we even sat down together to watch England v Brazil on the TV.
+ The pool is nice and warm to relax in.
+ The beds were really comfortable and large with a clean and well maintained bathroom.
+ The food on offer was plentiful and varied.

Negatives of Pousada Do Rio Mutum:
- They had just installed a new wireless router but were having teething problems. However we were allowed to use their laptop in Reception.
- The rooms could perhaps have a little wipe-down with a sponge between guests, just to get rid of some of the squashed mosquitos.

The Pantanal: We visited in the wet season which makes spotting larger mammals trickier but it was still fantastic as we went horseback trekking, canoeing and motor boating around the water. We saw rare tree-dwelling anteaters, blue and yellow macaws, capybara, iguana, a huge variety of birds, caymen lurking on banks and in the water as well as howler monkeys swinging from tree to tree and so many other creatures.

Would we recommend to friends: Without a doubt.

Room Tip: To lessen the chance of mosquitos at night have the aircon and fan both on. It will get quite chilly in the early hours but it is worth it.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We travelled to Rio do Mutum with a 3year old and it was both a relaxed and adventurous experience. The travel pack with information about Mutum was clear and helped us to prepare our little girl for the trip. The hospitality was excellent, catering was broad enough to cater for adults and children (we weren't the only guests travelling with children). The guides were very flexible to our interests and needs - at the same time they encouraged us to make the most of the time.

The best part is the pantanal itself! Flora and fauna was awesome! Piraña fishing, cayman, literally 10000s of birds, monkeys, night safaris, boat safaris, horseback safaris.....the memories of this lodge are unforgettable.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

I feel really terrible to not be more positive about this experience as the people who look after you here are lovely. But we found the accommodation to be more basic than we expected and we could find no respite from the mosquitos despite smothering ourselves in repellent. When we arrived and went into our room, it was just full of mosquitos - no lie. The bathroom is open to the elements (sheltered only by a plastic curtain). There were stains on the walls of our bedroom which were the unmarked graves on many mozzies that had buzzed their last on these walls.

The trips out by boat, horseback, jeep, canoe were all good - although I did find the horseback trip too long. The guides are all so enthusiastic and genuinely want you to get the most out of your stay. The food is ok - basic but plentiful. The caipirinhas are very good.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Comunidade Capoerinha Km 15 | Pantanal Norte, Barao de Melgaco, State of Mato Grosso 78190-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Mato Grosso > Barao de Melgaco
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Barao de Melgaco
Price Range: $239 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pousada do Rio Mutum 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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