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Pousada do Rio Mutum
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

Located in the heart of the Pantanal, 3 hrs drive from Cuiaba, Pousada Rio Mutum exceeds expectations by a considerable margin. Located in its own grounds with swimming pool, restaurant/bar and many mature trees on the edge of the wetlands. At first sight somewhat care worn with rather basic but comfortable cabin accommodation; first impressions are swept aside by an amazing program of excursions which keep you occupied from dawn to dusk and more! Walking, boat trips, horse riding, safaris, night & dawn trips - made all the more enjoyable by our excellent guide Flavio. You cannot miss the wonderful bird life: owls, raptors, kingfishers, herons, storks, many other smaller birds and if you are lucky Toucans. On the lakes and rivers Caimen, Capibarras and maybe giant otters can be easily seen at close quarters; all topped off by wonderful sunsets and sunrises. Food is homely, tasty and plentiful and the barman makes a mean Caiparinha! We are so pleased to have included the Pantanal and Rio Mutum in our itinerary - not to be missed.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

Our visit was at the end of the dry season, a good time to spot wildlife. The Pousada is a 2h30m drive from Cuiaba , and you are met by a guide at the airport.Our journey there was in a very uncomfortable pick-up truck, but we left in a much more comfortable minibus.
Our room was one in a block of 4, with a veranda with hammock which we did not use as it was so hot. The room was spacious, and very simply furnished. The beds were reasonably comfortable, but the sheets were very thin and had several holes.The air conditioning was rather noisy, and not very good- but better than nothing.Pleny of wardrobe and shelf space. Shower room had one wall open to the outside, and had a good powerful shower with both hot and cold water
All meals were taken in the large dining room, which got incredibly hot as it had no a/c. You sit at a table with other members of your allocated group- there were 6 of us on our table-- and the food was varied and of good quality, and included in the package. Drinks were paid for separately but weren't too expensive.
You will visit the Pantanal for the wildlife, not the hotel though, and the Pousada is a comfortable enough base to explore this amazing area. Our guide, Zaine, was excellent, taking us out in motorboats, canoeing, horseriding and on night jeep treks.Her ability to spot birds and animals was uncanny, and we thoroughly enjoyed our 3 day package.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

We enjoyed our stay here. The high points were the included tours of the surrounding areas of the Pantanal. We went canoeing on the Rio Mutum, hiking, horse back riding, and on power boat rides. Though not birders ourselves, we were delighted by the exotic and numerous birds we saw, including egrets, herons, storks, kingfishers, and many more.
Alligators kept constant vigil on the river banks--though didn't seem that interested in us.
We saw families of happy appearing capybaras munching on the riverside water hyacinths.
The rooms were comfortable and standard. The buffet meals very good.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

We spent four nights as part of our Brazilian honeymoon. We did this rather than the Amazon and had no regrets. It was dry season and hot sunny weather.

Carlo was our guide and just looked after the two of us. He was very charismatic and had a detailed knowledge of the wildlife, particularly the birds. He helped us label our photos in the evenings so we know which bird is which. Our excursions included boat trips, walking, jeep safari, horse riding and piranha fishing. We saw caimen, capybara, giant otters, monkeys and hundreds of birds including toucans, parrots, macaws, herons and storks.

The lodge is in a nice location not far from the river (in the dry season) and with lots of wildlife nearby. The rooms were fairly basic but clean. The dining room was very nice but after meals most people retired early to their rooms. There was a nice pool for relaxing by in the afternoons. The food was excellent and had many vegetarian options. Eduardo the barman makes excellent caipirinhas.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

If you truly love wildlife and were considering going to the Amazon in Brazil, I highly recommend you consider the Patanal as an alternative. It was the highlight of my trip to Brazil. The accommodations are basic but comfortable, and the food was simple and delicious.

I went during dry season when the Pink Trumpet trees were in Blossom. This has to be a bird lovers dream, and avid photographers paradise.

I had a vague understanding of the Pantanal before I went, however the reality of the abundance and size of the wildlife was remarkable to see in person. I was stunned to see birds bigger than humans, and the colours were magnificent. It seems like every thing is size large in the Pantanal, the birds, capybaras, piranahas, caiman, anacondas and my favorite the tapir that followed us for a morning sunrise excursion...where she became the ultimate Brazil experience of my life.

Brazil had never been on the top of my list of places to go to...however that has all changed and I would return in a heartbeat. I went to Foz do Iguacu, Rio, Buzios, Recife, Amazon, Sao Paolo and Pantanal. Brazil is such a diverse, culturally rich country with an abundance of history and wildlife.

If you go to Rio Mutum, go with an open mind, know the accomodations will be simple but enjoy the hospitality! This is the gateway for a true Brazilian Safari and one not to be missed.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

My husband and I visited Pousada Do Rio Mutum as part of a three week trip to Brazil earlier this year. We visited in the middle of the wet season and so may have a different experience to other who have visited when it was dry.

The journey to the pousada was great - like a mini adventure in itself. We flew to Cuiaba from Iguazu and were met at the airport by our guide, Carlo, to begin our three hour journey to the lodge. We passed though some beautiful areas and he gave us a run through of some the birds and animals we saw on the way. We stopped off at a service station on the way through for some food/drink and met some of the very friendly locals.

We were transferred the last leg of the journey by motor boat and got to zip through some the waterways until we finally got to the lodge. On arrival, we were met by some of the staff who were feeding a Caiman (looks like a crocodile!) at the jetty side.

Apart from a German couple, we were the only two guests staying there at that time, which made the atmosphere a bit lacking. If you are a birdwatcher, then you will love it as the variety of bird species is astonishing. We did also see quite a few Caiman but other than that, little.

Our room was perfectly adequate, not luxurious, but clean, tidy and had a fridge and aircon. The shower didn't run any hot water but we soon got used to and appreciated the cold showers as the heat could get a bit oppressive.

The main lodge was fab and this is where we took all our meals and met with Carlo at the start of the day for trips etc. Eduardo was the main chef and although he didn't say very much, he was an excellent cook. We ate buffet style but there was always plenty of choice, both meat and veggie, and they took the trouble to introduce us to local dishes and drinks.

On the down side, the mosquitoes were fierce. My husband made the mistake of falling asleep in the hammock on our patio on afternoon and despite having a shirt on and repellent, he got really badly bitten. Luckily I had packed lots of after bite cream and repellent as there are no shops in the vicinity.

The lack of guests meant we didn't do as much as you would if the place was fuller. Our horse riding trip was cancelled, as was a trip to the local village and the piranha fishing. We did go out in the motor boats a couple of times, plenty of birdwatching to be done and we go to go kayaking. There was a lot of time spent lounging around though and although the resort is supposed to be an all year round thing, the rain we experienced, which was expected given it was rainy season, did seem to stop a lot of activity.

This was an eco lodge so they didn't have lights on all around the lodge at night so make sure you take a torch, as night time sees the arrival, en masse, of the Capybara's (the world's largest rodents). They were around in the day but loads came at night. To me, they looked like giant guinea pigs and they enjoyed eating the grass around the lodge at night. Hard to see in the dark and strange to hear as they munched and snorted - didn't disturb our sleep tho!

The journey back to the airport was different to the one coming in as there was a problem meaning we had to be jetted up river by speedboat! We flew by some of the local people living by the river side and eventually ended up at a riverside town after about an hour. We were then transported by jeep to Cuiaba and the airport. It took about 2.5 hours.

All in all the experience was a good one but I would probably only go back if I knew that there were going to be more guests and that more trips would run. Having said that, I would go and stay there just for Eduardo's food!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The rooms are simple but cozy and we had champagne in the room when we arrived which was a nice touch.

The food is really delicious and wholesome and the excursions are interesting and great fun. We also had Zaine as our guide and agree that she is fab! the days are relaxed and you have loads of time to sit in a hammock or by the pool.

Go canoeing before sunrise if you get chance- it's brill! Just don't put your fingers in the water if you can't see - alligators a plenty!!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Address: Comunidade Capoerinha Km 15 | Pantanal Norte, Barao de Melgaco, State of Mato Grosso 78190-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Mato Grosso > Barao de Melgaco
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Barao de Melgaco
Price Range: £179 - £184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pousada do Rio Mutum 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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