Location: Barra Mansa Lodge is situated on a large cattle ranch in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. The lodge is positioned in a unique location, far away from everything, where the Vazante meets the tranquil waters of Negro River. This is a perfect spot to watch the sunset behind the bridge.
How to get here: Fly to Campo Grande (CGR). During the dry season (May to November), there are better road conditions, so it is also possible to get to Barra Mansa by 4×4 in about 6 hours. The farm is located 4 hours to the north of Aquidauana, driving along a track going deep into the mashes. Alternatively, take a charter 1-hour flight with a panoramic view of the Pantanal all year round.
Structure: There are 6 simple en-suite rooms which can accommodate up to 17 people. There is a/c and wifi. The lodge has a lovely personal atmosphere and shelters amazing nature. There’s an immense variety of wildlife, offering a truly special experience to explore the Pantanal wetlands.
Tours/Activities: walking tours, motorboat explorations, nature safaris, horseback riding, canoeing, birdwatching, sport fishing, cultural Pantanal ranch activities.
From December to March, access by land is difficult, the vegetation is in full growth and animals stay hidden. The landscape is vividly-coloured. There are mango and bacupari juice. From April to July it is the dry season with colder days. The hyacinth macaw and other birds gather in large groups for socializing. The pink trumpet tree adorn the landscape flowers (Jule-July). From August to November animals come out of the forests and it is easier to spot them, especially many newborn babies.
What animals can you see: jaguars and pumas, capybaras and pampas deer, young jabirus and parakeets, giant anteater, tapir, armadillo and much more.
Why staying here: To really experience the Pantanal. The lodge location brings about pristine nature and wonderful wildlife. The lodge is family-run. It is a great place to experience local culture and food, whilst still being part of a unique environment. The experience offered at Barra Mansa is ideal for families, couples or groups of friends. A minimum of 2 night stay year round and 3 nights in July and August are required.
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