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Holiday review by Chris Roe

Name: Mr. Christopher Roe
Date of trip: 01/09/2014
Number of people: 1
Country: Brazil

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "The holiday was well organised and was one of the best I have had."
 
Tribes Service: "Paul was very knowledgeable, especially as I changed the itinerary and he sorted out my stay in Rio in a lovely hotel in Santa Teresa. All the information I received was very comprehensive. "
 
Guides: "Both guides were really brilliant. They could both hear and see birds and animals that I would never have spotted. Our guide in the Cristalino reserve was especially informative, especially about bird life. Our guide in the Pantanal had worked in a zoo in Peru and was also very knowledgeable. Both were very friendly. "
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "The environment of the Cristalino lodge had been carefully developed and the accommodation had been designed to limit its impact, despite being of a very high quality. The reserve owner is a really dedicated person who has worked hard to ensure the rainforest will be sustained. "
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Accommodation

 
Cristalino Lodge
This was brilliant. Very good hospitality from all the staff and the owner who was always around and talking to guests. Accommodation was a very high standard and the food was excellent.
 
SouthWild Pantanal
The accommodation was good and the food was ok. The staff were helpful.
 
SouthWild Jaguar Flotel
The staff and food were really good. The accommodation was a bit Spartan but I had expected this. The room partitions were paper thin and only acted to separate the rooms. You might as well have all been in the same room for sound!
 
Castelinho38
What a lovely hotel and location. The owner (I think he was) was really friendly and helpful. The room I had at the back of the hotel was lovely. It was nice sitting outside for breakfast overlooking Rio. Also, as the World Cup took place when the Santa Teresa Art festival was supposed to take place, it was postponed until the weekend I was there. This was a wonderful occasion with much music and art on display.

Our Memories

"Waiting on the jetty for the boat back to the Cristalino reserve, my guide suddenly pointed out a tamandua (anteater) walking down the road. It wandered past an old trailer and then walked into the trees. Evidently this was the first time one of these had been seen there or at least reported."
"Although seeing the jaguars,river otters,10 tapirs in one day and many different birds was really special, it was amazing to see a yellow anaconda climbing out of the river up a bank and into a hole. Although its tail was still visible, it managed to hide the rest of its body. It probably thought we couldn't see it!! "

customer rating

5/5 from 42 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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