Holiday review by Mr. Kevin Robinson
Name: Mr. Kevin Robinson
Date of trip: 01/09/2017
Number of people: 2
20 minutes on our own at the Devils Throat falls in Iguazu, before the thousands of visitors arrived. First Jaguar sighting on the boat transfer before we even reached the Flotel. Hyacinth Macaws and monk parakeets at Araras Lodge. The sunsets; we didn't have a single day of rain on our entire trip.
We had a fantastic time in Brazil with ten days wildlife watching in the Pantanal sandwiched by spectacular sights at Iguazu and in Rio.
Paul did an excellent job with the itinerary. He advised us to:
- Stay three nights at Iguazu
- Stay at Araras Lodge rather than at Southwild Lodge. There definitely seemed to be more to see and do at Araras
Our guides had great knowledge and really made sure we made the most of our time.
Bruno (Araras Lodge) demonstrated the value of having someone who has lived in the area and is passionate about wildlife.
In Rio, Vincent used his local knowledge to time our visits, where we would be safe on our own; but also to take us to a restaurant that wasn't a typical tourist trap.
The drivers were without exception very polite, careful and the vehicles in excellent condition.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
Hard to know, however the Flotel could do more by reducing the amount of single use water containers and all hotels could reduce the amount of soaps and small shampoo bottles.
The places you stayed
Perfect start to our trip.
You pay for the privilege but having the falls to yourself before the park opens, is amazing.
The opportunity to relax by the pool in the heat of the day was a superb way to forget all about the office.
One bit of info is that if you arrange your own guides they will not be able to come to the hotel. The will leave you at the park gate from where you take a free shuttle. Not a massive inconvenience, as the shuttle is available 24/7.
Wide range of activities (horse-rides, canoeing, drives) and the ability to walk around the various boardwalks and towers yourself.
Wildlife on the doorstep and fantastic guides. We saw many birds as well as armadillo/anteater on drives.
Best rooms are those overlooking the pool/gardens.
Food plentiful and varied.
Good location by a river.
Rooms were comfortable and clean but lacked storage if you are there for longer period.
Great opportunity to obverse Ocelot in an evening viewing, however this may test the perception of whether it is right to tempt wild animals through food.
Delivered on Jaguar sightings. We saw cats on every boat ride.
We got upgraded to a suite on our last night, and although the room was larger and particularly the window; most of the time in your room it is either dark or too hot for the animals to be active. Not sure it would be worth paying the extra.
Food good, breakfast not great but you are on the river.
In the evening they have short talks on the various main animal species. A nice introduction and who knew Capybara's make good pets!!!
Rio de Janeiro
A beautiful, tranquil hotel situated in a quiet location.
Rooms exceptionally comfortable, the pool has great views over the city, and the hotel felt like a sanctuary after the hustle and bustle of Rio.
The immediate location seemed safe but as with anywhere in the city, I wouldn't wander too far.