After spending two days in Pousada Rio Clarinho (as part of our 4 day, 4 night Ecoverde organized Pantanal tour) our next stop was at Pousada Allegre. As we entered the Pousada gates we saw huge emus, Jabiru storks and maybe a thousand capybaras in the surrounding lakes. This place is also a habitat for Hyacinth Macaws, with a couple of trees full of these beautiful birds! This accommodation was a step up from Rio Clarinho in terms of amenities with hooks and shelves for clothes and a double bed in the room. There was an A/C and a fan to keep us cool from the sweltering heat outside.
Our guide (from Ecoverde tours) seemed uninterested in showing us around so the two of us and a dutch couple, decided to branch of from the group and hike around on our own. This was probably the best thing we did! Next morning the four of us woke up early and set out cameras in hand. The early morning birds were a spectacular sight and we spent hours scouting for animals and photographing them. After hiking around for a bit we decided to hide in the bushes near a forest lake in the hope that we could spot animals as they came to drink water. We first spotted a cute little marmoset monkey followed by a thyra, a HUGE lizard, a fox, a capybara that came for a swim and many varieties of birds. Sitting in the mud we were a rare delicacy for the blood sucking ticks and we spent quite a while later painfully pulling these out with tweezers. The other group unfortunately did not see ANY animals and we were glad we decided to hike on our own. At night we went animal spotting in a huge open jeep (the owner took us out somewhat grudgingly!) which was dusty but a lot of fun. We saw hoards of coatis clear the road as we approached, night jars, foxes, deer, lazy capybara’s and of course the glowing eyes of the caimans in the series of small lakes lighting it up like a Christmas tree.
Food at this Pousada was much better and we ate breadfruit fries, salads that were not bland and flavored rice along with many tasty desserts. There was a chiller which was full of cold drinks at reasonable prices. Again we never got to know the staff or the owner much, which was very disappointing! As everything else in Pantanal, we thought the accommodation was expensive for what was offered.....except for the exceptional wildlife again!! After spending two days here we traveled back to Cuiaba to board our next flight to the Amazon!
- Also Known As:
- Fazenda Pouso Alegre Campo Grande, Brazil