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Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 6&7 Pousada Galeria Artes and ESTC2014 Eco-tourism conference

Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 6&7 Pousada Galeria Artes and ESTC2014 Eco-tourism conference

DAY 6: Once again I have to travel. I would really appreciate another day in the Pantanal at Fazenda Baia Grande, especially as I’m quite enjoying spotting birds I don’t know, but instead i’ll have to get out the OUP birdbook: A fieldguide to the Birds of Brazil when I get back to Rio. There are no buses from Miranda to […]

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1 de May de 2014 | By | Reply More
Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 5 Fazenda Baia Grande

Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 5 Fazenda Baia Grande

I wake up at dawn in Pantanal Ranch Meia Lua and this time I’m surrounded by butterflies, what look like red admirals and hundreds of little yellow ones. Also present (in my bathroom)  is a small  frog or perereca, perched perilously on the side of the washbasin. I don’t actually mind. This place is remarkably […]

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30 de April de 2014 | By | Reply More
Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 4 Pantanal Ranch Meia Lua

Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 4 Pantanal Ranch Meia Lua

Oh joy off joys I don’t have to move on today, but I’m still up at 5.30am to get the best light for photos and I manage to spot a toucan in the distance doing another pose just for me. I have a lovely homemade breakfast with British guests who are going off on the […]

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29 de April de 2014 | By | Reply More
Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 3 Bonito to Miranda

Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 3 Bonito to Miranda

Today I wake up in Bonito, not with the cocks crowing but with the sound of the Chaco Chachalaca birds passing overhead, so it seems like a good time to get the camera out. Pousada Olho d’Agua is fabulous for birding and within minutes I’ve managed to get great pics of a redbeaked toco Toucan, […]

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28 de April de 2014 | By | Reply More
Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 2 – Aguas de Bonito to Olho d’Agua, Bonito

Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 2 – Aguas de Bonito to Olho d’Agua, Bonito

Mato Grosso do Sul is an hour behind Rio time which means it gets dark very early- like around 5.30pm and light equally early at 5.30am. I must admit I wasn’t aware of this before but the cockerels definitely know and they start crowing exactly an hour before sunrise at 4.30am. Of course I wake […]

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26 de April de 2014 | By | Reply More
Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 1 Rio to Campo Grande & Bonito

Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 1 Rio to Campo Grande & Bonito

I am looking  forward to this trip, revisiting 3 pousadas already in the Hidden Pousadas special collection: Pousada Olho d’Agua, Pousada Galeria Artes and Fazenda Baia Grande and checking out a couple of others, Hotel Pousada Aguas de Bonito and Ranch Meia Lua, which almost certainly should be there. All of this to coincide nicely with the Ecotourism […]

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25 de April de 2014 | By | Reply More
Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul

Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul

Bonito is located in the Serra do Bodoquena, approximately 300 kilometres or a three and a half hour drive southwest of Campo Grande in Mato Grosso do Sul. It is one of Brazil’s award-winning destinations for eco-tourism. The landscape here is a mixture of hills and cerrado crisscrossed by rivers, scrubland on top of chalk, all […]

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29 de August de 2013 | By | Reply More
Best pousadas for December in Rio, Bahia and Pantanal

Best pousadas for December in Rio, Bahia and Pantanal

Q. “Hi Alison, We are thinking of coming to Brasil in December, spending some time in Rio with a friend and going to Paraty and Buzios with him but then heading off elsewhere. Maybe to one of your hidden pousadas?? I would like to go to the Pantanal. Is December a good time?  (I know it […]

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15 de July de 2013 | By | Reply More
How to get to the Pantanal, Brazil

How to get to the Pantanal, Brazil

The Pantanal is the largest floodplain in the world and in its full extension covers an area the size of Spain, divided between Bolivia, Paraguay and the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso in the north (gateway airport Cuiabá) and Mato Grosso do Sul in the south (gateway airport Campo Grande). All the accommodation here is in eco lodges and fazendas (cattle ranches) and these can be several hours drive from the state capitals. Find out how to get to the Pantanal …

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9 de July de 2013 | By | Reply More
Unique Farm lodges ‘Fazendas’ in Brazil’s beautiful countryside

Unique Farm lodges ‘Fazendas’ in Brazil’s beautiful countryside

Farm lodges, or Fazendas, as they are best know in Brazil are the style of accommodation most commonly found in rural regions of the country like Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, as well as parts of São Paulo and Minas Gerais.  Fazenda accommodation offers a unique ‘home away from home’ feel, providing full-board, wonderful home […]

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10 de June de 2013 | By | Reply More