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A working farm, Pousada Aguape has been in the same family for around 150 years and has recently diversified to include ecotourism, community and conservation initiatives amongst its activities.

The lodge offers 15 well-appointed rooms, all with air conditioning, ceiling fans and a private bathroom. There is a swimming pool, as well as thatched 'kiosks' and hammocks in which you can lie back and watch the stunning Pantanal sunsets. For the more energetic, the lodge offers a sand volleyball court and a games room. The restaurant serves traditional regional dishes featuring typical Pantanal ingredients, many of which have been produced on the farm. 

The grounds are perfect for spotting birds, and occasionally mammals – such as armadillo, crab-eating fox and capybara. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded here including the vibrant hyacinth macaw, roseate spoonbill, crimson-crested woodpecker and common toucan. The lodge also offers a programme of excursions, to bring you closer to the fascinating and often colourful wildlife of the region. The area is particularly good for giant anteaters. Pousada Aguape operates a number of conservation projects including the Hyacinth Macaw Project and the Anteater Project. 

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Jaguar Fiesta

There is no finer place in the world than the Pantanal to see South America’s greatest apex predator - the jaguar. Accompanied by acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, we track and photograph these magnificent felines with our research team and get close encounters by boat from Porto Jofre.

  • When to go: Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Southern Pantanal

Conservation projects in the southern Pantanal focus on jaguar and the hyacinth macaw. From a comfortable lodge you can see wildlife by boat, vehicle and on foot. Bonito, on the southern fringe, is a mecca for ecotourism, where you will find grottos with blue lakes and walking trails surrounded by monkeys.

  • Where: Mato Grosso & Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Ideal for viewing: capybara, giant anteater, giant river otter, jaguar, spectacled caiman
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, River safaris, Jaguar watching, Birdwatching