Holiday review by Mr Tim Jones
Name: Mr Tim Jones
Date of trip: 19/06/2013
Number of people: 2
Seeing Jaguar and cub in the Pantanal. Also our guide,Rodriguez's exuberant reaction to the sighting.
Floating down the River Prata with the huge fish and crystal clear water.
Weather not the best even though it was the dry season in several areas.
Accommodation variable from excellent to poor.
Holiday as expected very varied and gave us a good insight into Brazil.
Appreciated help with sorting out our holiday and the detailed information. But felt that a guide was not needed on the Brazilian side of Falls as hotel so close. It felt awkward and pointless being shepherded around. Also felt that some of the walking eg at Boca da Onca was a gentle stroll rather than a full days activity. It was really only half a day. We were expecting a serious trek.
In hindsight we wished we had asked for a detailed break down of costs. Although we have rated the accommodation we have no idea of value for money which obviously is a serious consideration in any review.
Driver and guide team in the Pantanal were exceptional-Fernando and Rodriguez even suggesting slight modifications in the itinerary for us to get the most out of our holiday. Please could you formally thank your ground handler for this excellent team.
Daniel and Katia were a close second in Rio especially as it was the first time they had worked as a team. They were particularly good at avoiding the traffic.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
We feel it provided jobs particularly in Bonito and the Pantanal and gave the ranch a reason preserve wildlife.
Not very green at San Martin hotel as no need for car at Brazilian side of Falls.