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Holiday review by Mr. Jeff Torquemada/ Ms. Wendy Sparks

Date of trip: 09/09/2017
Number of people: 4
Country: Brazil

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "Our time in the Pantanal exceeded our expectations and we credit our amazing experience to our superb guide and the incredible skill of our boatman. We have elaborated on the first part of our trip in the other sections."
Tribes Service: "Paul was a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process."
Guides: "We need to mark both excellent for our second guide and poor for our first guide. Our first guide, Leo, was more concerned with obtaining his own photographs before we were able to get any shots and by that time the animal was not in an optimum position for photography...very frustrating. Our second guide, Rizardo was superb and made up for the negative experience at the beginning of our trip. "
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "As wildlife photographers, we want to learn as much as we can about the ecosystems and the wildlife we are observing and photographing. Our experience in the Pantanal was extraordinary and our level of knowledge about this area has increased tenfold."


Cristalino Lodge
A lovely place to stay with a superb staff. The food was excellent and we enjoyed our time at the lodge.
SouthWild Jaguar Flotel
We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Flotel. The staff was warm and friendly and the room was over the top! Again having a/c was a delightful bonus.
SouthWild Pantanal
Simply accommodations, which were clean and ideal for a nice afternoon break from the heat. Having a fan and a/c in the room was a nice bonus. The food was healthy, delicious and ample.

Our Memories

"We were fortunate to capture a number of shots of jaguars in great light and displaying a variety of behaviors-sharpening claws on a log, suddenly going into the hunt mode. We were thrilled to see an ocelot in the wild in a natural setting and also were delighted to take a portrait shot of a mother and baby tapir. We were also delighted to find and photograph an unknown jaguar that had not been documented. The four of us were given the privilege to name this jaguar, which is the name they will use as they monitor his progress. We were excited to be able to name him "Rizardo" after our amazing guide. We also were thrilled to watch a life and death battle between a Cocoi Heron and a snake...the snake ultimately was eaten by the heron, but what a battle!"

customer rating

5/5 from 55 reviews

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Time: GMT -3 hours

Flight time: Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.

Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.

Visas: Not required for British nationals.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.



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