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.
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Do Rio Mutum Hotel Barao De Melgaco
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