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Holiday review by Peter Hunt

Name: Peter Hunt
Date of trip: 20/08/2010
Number of people: 2
Country: Brazil

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "See above."
 
Guides: "Guides in Amazon were excellent and very knowledgeable. Carlos, our guide in the Pantanal was knowledgeable enough but he was overattentive."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "This applies to the nature reserves & Ilha Grande only. There was no wildlife in Rio and we knew that a big city was not going to be our cup of tea but we had to see it! A day was sufficient for our needs."

Accommodation

 
Fishtail Lodge
Cristalino Jungle lodge is an Eco resort but the living accommodation beat all the rest hands down. Spacious, cool & comfortable. You would not think that you were in a remote jungle miles from civilization. The food was quite good. Staff excellent. Other Pousadas in Pantanal & Ilhe Grande were very basic. The hotels were poor, tired and required a makeover. The Pousada Principe is supposed to be an ex royal palace but it was terrible. Poky room no chairs or rubbish bin, fittings falling off door & walls & noisy from room fan, air con', traffic & thin concrete walls.
 
Everest Rio Hotel
Bathroom poor & needed an update. Breakfast menu limited in comparison with others.
 
San Martin Hotel
This hotel deserved a better mark but the bathrooms had again seen better days & let it down. The facilities were numerous and the grounds vast including its own 'forest' & wildlife & ' jungle walk' on about 1 km paved footpath that was most underused & deserted. No restaurant in the evening just bar meals but a good bar menu.
 
Cristalino Lodge
The best accommodation of all the places we stayed. Cool, comfortable & spacious. From the accommodation point of view you would not believe that it was an Eco resort in the middle of a jungle miles from civilization. The food was more limited but excellent. All the staff were kind and obliging. All in all it met all our expectations.

customer rating

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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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