A jaguar is sitting resting on a tree. The shot is a close up of its face and paw and it looks very tired and hot.
Our first Jaguar Sighting

Everything You Need To Know About The Northern Pantanal: Travel Guide and Self Drive Itinerary

You may never have heard of the Pantanal, but if you have, there is no doubt that you will have it on your bucket list to visit one day. It is a wildlife-lover’s paradise, a dream holiday destination even for most Brazilians and a haven for the infamous Onça Pintada: the Brazilian jaguar.

This Pantanal travel guide aims to take you through it all; the best Pantanal self drive route, spotting jaguars in the Pantanal Norte, a guide to where to stay and which part to visit, and all the nature you can spot along the way.

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Table of Contents

A jaguar is sitting resting on a tree. The shot is a close up of its face and paw and it looks very tired and hot.
Our final jaguar sighting

Insurance for a Pantanal self drive

Before getting to the important information about a Pantanal self drive itinerary, it’s really important to address the fact that the Northern Pantanal is a remote area and there will often be times when you are 4 or 5 hours’ drive away from the nearest hospital, surrounded by nothing but wildlife and nature.

We all hope our travels will be plain sailing, but accidents do happen, especially when you are in a wild, natural area, so it’s really important to have great travel insurance. We use SafetyWing for our travel medical insurance and we love them because they are very easy to use and have very clear policy wording.

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Pantanal Travel Guide

Areas of the Pantanal you can visit

The Pantanal divides itself quite neatly into the Southern Pantanal (Mato Grosso do Sul) and the Northern Pantanal (Mato Grosso). The Southern Pantanal is generally wetter than the North, as it is made up of an extensive network of rivers. Generally speaking, the Northern Pantanal has a better diversity of wildlife, but both are excellent.

There are two main parks of the Pantanal in the North: Parque Estadual Encontro das Aguas and Parque Nacional do Pantanal Mato Grossense. Estadual Encontro das Aguas is the easier of the two to visit (and it has all of the wildlife you would want to find in the Pantanal). Mato Grossense is further and would require a longer trip.

Where can you see jaguars in the Pantanal?

If you plan a trip to the Pantanal del Norte (the Northern Pantanal), you’ll find the area which is most abundant with jaguars, but is also perhaps the most remote. The area you are ultimately aiming to get to in order to see jaguars is called Porto Jofré – it’s right on the river so all of the lodges here will organise boat tours into the National Park directly from their own docks.

The area has a reputation in Brazil for being an extremely difficult terrain to drive, especially if you’re not an experienced off-road driver. We really wanted to do it this way, so we did some digging and found out it’s actually pretty doable!

You are not actually driving into jaguar territory unsupervised, and can instead book guided tours to see the jaguars once you get there. Once we learned that, we felt much more confident. The trip was amazing and, spoiler alert, we did see jaguars, as well as a really wide array of other wildlife – it’s just everywhere, you’re basically tripping over it!

Do you need to take a tour to visit the Northern Pantanal?

Not really, but parts of your trip will need to be guided. There are a lot of different companies, who offer tours of the Northern Pantanal, but there are a few things to bear in mind if you prefer to take a guided tour.

  • There are some very cheap local providers – they usually do not offer any English-speaking guides. Of course, this is absolutely fine if you speak Portuguese, but it’s something to be aware of if you do not. English is not commonly spoken in this area of Brazil, so guides that do speak English will charge a very expensive premium and you will notice the difference in cost if you say you’d like an English-speaking guide
  • International tour providers, while reliable, tend to be a lot pricier for the Pantanal
  • Not all of the tours of this area are ethical. Many of the tours will feed the jaguars and other wildlife to get them to appear for tourists. This is not considered an ethical wildlife experience, as the animals can become dependent on the food and we can also mess with their diet and the eco-system by providing supplementary food. An ethical tour should not guarantee the sightings of wild animals.

We had tried a few tour providers and they were all either far too expensive for us, or else just not quite right/not in the right area. Eventually, we decided to drive it ourselves.

Murray, a white man, wearing shorts, a t-shirt and cowboy hat is sitting on the back of a pick up truck in the middle of a dirt road in the Pantanal. He has his hands on his knees and is looking to the right-hand side.
The roads to Porto Jofre

Getting to the Northern Pantanal

The nearest airport to the Northern Pantanal is Cuiaba, but you can also drive from other areas of Brazil or Eastern Bolivia. From Cuiaba to Porto Jofré, the drive takes roughly 5 hours according to Google, and that drive time checks out in dry weather (as long as you are not driving super slowly or stopping a lot for wildlife sightings).

The lodges in Porto Jofré will normally only allow check in before 6pm as they really do not want you driving in the dark for safety reasons. Therefore if your flight arrives a little later, we advise stopping in Cuiaba, Poconé or one of the nearby lodges for the night (as we did) before driving on down South. After Poconé, there is nowhere to stop for food, fuel or drinks, so stock up there on the way.

For a visual guide to the location of these places mentioned, see the below map.

A map, showing the key regions of the Pantanal, including Cuiaba city to the North (where the airport is), Poconé (the last town before the drive), the two National parks down south and Porto Jofre on the river.

Best time to visit the Northern Pantanal

You can visit the Northern Pantanal from May to November, but the best time to visit the Pantanal is September-November, with real peak season being early October. It’s when jaguars have cubs (and some are still mating) so you have the best chance to see the most activity.

It’s worth noting that we had to visit in peak season (as this was when our host had time off work) but would happily have visited off-peak and think we would still have seen jaguars because of the system the guides have. Even in October, it wasn’t yet really busy, but of course as the area develops its tourism, it will become busier. It’s better, especially for the wildlife, to spread the influx of visitors.

Basically, don’t be put off going off-peak!

In terms of other guests, we pretty much always had company in October, but it wasn’t crowded. We didn’t mind the company, except when we were out spotting wildlife, when a lot of them were not always respectful and were quite noisy and chatty. We are used to safaris in Africa where the guides usually make you stay quiet, so it was a bit jarring, but honestly the animals didn’t seem at all bothered – they are quite used to the cars and boats and they keep a good distance.

Given our time again, we might have chosen to go in shoulder season to have a quieter, more cost-effective and sustainable experience.

Our suggestion: go in September or November.

Language in the Northern Pantanal

Unless you have hired an English-speaking guide, which (understandably but unfortunately) is very expensive, you will likely only encounter Portuguese-speaking locals in the Pantanal. Very few people there speak any other languages, even Spanish is rare. The Portuguese spoken there is quite dialectic/accented, so unless you speak very competent Portuguese, it’s worth having English/Portuguese Google Translate downloaded on your phone.

A capybara sitting in a small pool of water bathing. It looks grumpy and is looking to the right
One of the many capybara of the Pantanal

Weather

The Pantanal is exceptionally hot and humid year round, but especially humid in peak season (September – November). Temperatures for us were normally between 37 and 39 degrees with heavy humidity, so you can really feel it.

Outside of this time period, the weather is quite dry, but still very hot.

Mosquitoes

Apparently there are usually a lot of mosquitoes in the Pantanal. We went as a group of four and we only received 3 bites between us the whole time we were in the National Parks.

We’re not sure whether that was our bug spray (this is the one we used) or if it was perhaps too hot for them, but either way we were lucky.

Phone/Internet connectivity in the Northern Pantanal

There is absolutely no phone connectivity at all after you pass Poconé, but most of the lodges do have very reliable WiFi (see our notes on each lodge below). We were silly enough to buy 30GB of data before we went (with Claro), we lost connection at Poconé, the first town outside of Cuiaba, and did not get it back until we went back there on the way to the airport for our flight home.

Our friend, who was with Vivo, did have some connectivity after Poconé, but only very sporadically. We would suggest that you skip the sim (unless you’re visiting other areas of Brazil as well) and stick to the WiFi available. If you do get one, Vivo seems to have the best coverage in remote areas.

A close up of a frog on some bathroom tiles. The frog is quite big and is a beige/brown colour, with light green toes. It is trying to blend in with the walls
There was wildlife everywhere we went, even the bathroom!

Food in the Northern Pantanal

Most lodges in the Pantanal have a ‘full board’ system (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included with your reservation, and just drinks to pay for on top. The food is all very fresh, local and seasonal, but perhaps a bit repetitive. The river in the area means they can grow a lot of produce, so vegetables are usually in abundance, but they also have some local meat and fish.

As a vegan, I did not struggle at all, except breakfast where the only option available to me was fruit. If you like a big breakfast, I’d suggest taking some snacks/cereal bars and perhaps some plant-based milk for coffees etc. All of the food is prepared and laid out separately in a buffet style, so you can pick and choose what you want and see clearly what you can and cannot eat. I imagine other allergens/restrictions would have no problems for the same reason.

Tea, coffee, biscuits and tap water are available for free on the full board basis with most lodges. If you are a very strict vegan and need to make sure exactly which dishes are vegan, we suggest these vegan language playing cards, which have saved our life on more than one occasion! They have ‘I am a vegan’ translated into Portuguese, with explanation of what you can and can’t eat.

Note: Poconé town has some small convenience stores, but if you need bigger shops and more choice, Cuiaba has a lot.

Cash/Payments in the Northern Pantanal

Bank cards are not widely accepted in most lodges in the Northern Pantanal for payment except in the more upmarket hotels. We would suggest having enough cash to cover you until your return to Poconé/Cuiaba.

A shot of one of our dinners in the Pantanal. The food is very simple – beans and courgette, with some rice and fresh vegetables. Murray’s plate has spaghetti, farofa (a Brazilian grain, like couscous) and some meat.
One of our meals in the Pantanal

The Northern Pantanal Self Drive Experience

For reference, we hired a pick-up truck (Fiat Toro) and did not actually find the driving very difficult, but we are pretty confident off-road drivers.

The roads are not great but they are marked, and clear to follow, though just a bit gravelly rather than tarmac. There are also a few rickety-looking bridges on the way from Cuiaba to the National Parks, which make the quickest route, but if you are not comfortable driving on them, they all have diverted routes you can take (with no bridges, just roads) that just add a couple of minutes to your drive.

The local council also seem to be in the process of upgrading these bridges from wood to concrete, so this should only get better with time. Essentially, if you want to self-drive, it’s recommended to be a confident driver and ideally have some off-roading experience, but the route is not difficult even without those things. We feel it may have improved slightly recently, since a lot of the blogs we read said it was very tough – that really was not our experience. Whatever you do we would definitely recommend getting an automatic car with great suspension, that is large enough to deal with bumps in the road and sturdy enough for flying pebbles etc.

Disclaimer: we did go in dry season – it is possible that the roads would not be as safe/driveable in wet weather, and certain parts look susceptible to flooding

Petrol – IMPORTANT

If travelling all the way down to Porto Jofré or the Southern parts of the National Parks, you will need to fill up your petrol tank in POCONÉ, which is the last town after the airport before the Pantanal (see above map for reference). After that there is no petrol station or supermarket in the run up to the National Parks or anywhere nearby. The lodges themselves do seem to have a supply of petrol for their own boats and vehicles, but we’re not sure if they’d let you have any unless it was a real emergency, and it would probably be very expensive to buy it from them.

A drone shot of our car on the road to the Pantanal with us standing to the back of it. You can see greenery and lush forest to either side of the road and there are no other people anywhere around
Driving in the Pantanal

Wildlife You Can Expect To See When Driving In The Northern Pantanal

The wildlife in the Northern Pantanal is really diverse and you can feel the change in environment as soon as you leave the town of Poconé. All along the road we were passing alligators, lizards, birds (we even saw a toucan!) and capybara and that was before we were anywhere near the National Parks.

Inside the National Parks, you can look out for more birds (such as toucans, Brazilian parakeets and eagles), tapirs, capybara and of course, jaguars. There is a substantial number of rare bird species – sadly we could not tell you the name of most of them, but it truly is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Please remember, if you see wildlife on the road, to give it space (both for your safety and its own). Never feed or touch wild animals, and allow them to move away without following them if they choose to leave. It’s worth being cautious when you first start driving from Poconé, as a lot of animals sunbathe on the road and you don’t want to hit anything!

Note that you are highly unlikely to see jaguars on a Pantanal self-drive, as they are in a different part of the National Park. You are likely to see jaguars when on a jaguar safari, but you won’t usually bump into them while you’re driving around.

A deer standing in a marshland full of green plants. The colours of the plants are very vivid and the deer has huge ears. It is cleaning itself.
Some of the wildlife we saw on the road. Can you spot the deer?

Where to stay in the Northern Pantanal

This is especially important as the hotels will actually organise a lot of the game drives/wildlife viewing for you, so you need to make sure you pick great lodges.

The set format in almost all of the lodges in the Pantanal is full board meals with game drives (wildlife safaris) included, and they should tell you beforehand which drives/activities are included for the amount of nights you have booked.

We stayed in the two lodges below. We’ll go through what we liked with both and what we weren’t as keen on/maybe would have done differently.

Pouso Alegre Lodge

About

Pouso Alegre Lodge is very close to Poconé, so it’s a great choice if you arrive on a late flight and need to stop for the night before driving all the way down to Porto Jofré. Actually, even if you don’t have a late flight, you might want to consider staying here, because it’s a great lodge. It’s outside of the main National Parks, but still teeming with wildlife. The staff offer tours but don’t include anything in the standard price.

There is a watch tower near the lodge where you can see sunset. You can spot some great wildlife from here. The surrounding trails are also available for use for guests and you can look out for agouti, coatis and lots of birds (and cows!) and watch the sunset.

Additionally there is a watering hole 4km from the lodge where you can see deer and capybara, and if you’re lucky, tapirs! The staff do have tours you can book but they are also really great at suggesting some free ways we could still enjoy the area and the wildlife.

A tapir wading into a watering hole. It is alone and you can see its reflection in the water. The surrounding area is very lush and green.
A tapir! My favourite sighting in the Pantanal.

Key Info

Price: 1800 BRL for a quad room with breakfast, lunch and dinner for 4, soft drinks not included
Location: 45 minutes South of Cuiaba, after Poconé town – a great stopover for something different or if your flight arrives late
Contact: pousoalegrelodge@gmail.com

Pros:

  • This is a very simple place (not necessarily a bad thing) but was clean and had everything you need, including refrigerated refillable water on tap, air conditioning and WiFi
  • English and Portuguese-speaking staff
  • Nice fresh food
  • Abundant wildlife nearby
  • Most of the rooms had a corridor before the door to the room (separated by another door), which helped keep out the bugs (which were numerous)
  • The nearby watering hole and trails were a real bonus
  • The communication at this lodge was really clear, so we knew exactly what was included and what wasn’t, and when we could check in/check out etc.
  • You can pay on arrival, which is convenient, as it means there was very little financial risk involved.

Cons:

  • As mentioned, this lodge is very simple, by which we mean there aren’t really any facilities (such as a pool etc.) except the rooms and dining room. This was not a problem for us but if you like a bit more luxury maybe try a different lodge
  • No game drives/activities were included with the stay, which we did get elsewhere. That being said, you can add them on arrival if you want to. You can also ask for the price list so you know what is available in advance.
  • Check in is late (4pm) but check out is not until 2 so you still have nearly had a full 24 hours in the room
A herd of cows standing in the grass. The light is dusky and they are all staring directly at the camera.
Some of the many cows living near Pouso Alegre lodge!

Pousada Porto Jofre

About

This lodge is in a beautiful setting, and you really will be tripping over wildlife. They offer a range of activities included in the price and have so many animals just wandering free around the complex, including capybara, Brazilian araras, toucans and loads more. The facilities (basically a pool and a nice restaurant) are also a nice touch.

Unfortunately the communication at the lodge is not great, and what’s really odd is that they don’t seem to have a booking system outside of WhatsApp.

Price

3100 BRL per person for a quad room (12,400 BRL total).

This was around £2000 GBP / $2500 USD total, so about £500 per person for a 3 night stay. Payment must be made in advance via PayPal.

Pros

  • The lodge had a pool, which was very welcome in the heat, and nice food
  • As with the other lodge, it is a full board basis, so everything is included except the drinks, and they have coffee and tea available all the time
  • The lodge itself is beautiful and full of wildlife, including a huge family of capybara, some rare Brazilian araras and toucans who seemed to live nearby
  • The rooms are also nice and spacious
  • It’s also brilliantly located right on the river banks of the Pantanal, and we were able to go straight from the hotel onto the boat for jaguar spotting
  • In terms of the eco-system, there is no doubt this hotel used ethical practices (we’ll go into more detail below in our section about jaguars in the Pantanal): they kept a good distance from the jaguars and really let them be in their own environment
A bush with red flowers on it backed by a beautifully pink sky, lit up at sunset. This is the grounds of the hotel.
Pousada had a beautiful setting

Cons

  • Communication prior to arrival was poor, with no real outline of what the tour included. They also gave us a few incorrect timings (for example, dinner time was listed as 5pm when it was actually 7pm)
  • Payment was required in advance to an unverified email and this wasn’t followed up with any official confirmation or guarantee of booking until much later. It made us feel a little unsafe, we would have far rather paid on arrival. They firmly refused to let us do this
  • Communication on arrival was even worse and we often felt quite confused
  • No English speaking staff at all, and they have very little Spanish, so you will need some Portuguese or Google Translate downloaded in case you have any questions
  • Water was available on tap but it was quite far away from the main lodge and not shown to us until day 3. It was also in quite a dirty spot full of flies. Prior to this they had been giving us large plastic bottles, which they ran out of
  • The WiFi didn’t work for the entire time we (or any other guests) were there – we are not sure it ever does
  • The aircon was completely ineffectual and it was 40 degrees C outside. Needless to say we were pretty warm and sweaty most of the time we were there!
  • They offered a tour called a night focus, which was supposed to be a night safari. We basically just drove around for 40 minutes – it’s rare to see anything on a night safari and the truck was too loud anyway. This felt like a bit of a waste of time.
A jaguar sitting under a tree (in the roots) looking out to the right. She is panting so the photo shows her mouth open, and if you look closely you can see a cut below her eye where she has been fighting with other jaguars
Our second jaguar – this one had been fighting and was wounded

Seeing jaguars in the Pantanal

You can take a jaguar safari with Pousada Porto Jofre and this seemed to us to be very ethically done. At the very least, it was totally hands off and the jaguars were not fed by humans. We will go more into this below.

You can choose to do a full or half day tour and they need to know in advance so they can pack your lunch or not. We chose a full day, but since we saw three jaguars in the morning, we ended up calling it a day just after lunch, as it was so hot and we really couldn’t hack it! You start the day at 7am and go straight onto the boat.

Note: the boats Pousada use have no shade at all and are completely open. We had a boat for four of us plus the skipper, which seems to be the average group size. Shade is non-existent on the river so you do need to be very careful in the sun and make sure you cover up as well as using reef-safe suncream.

The guides drive you down all of the different canals and radio each other each time there is a jaguar sighting, so they have a very clear picture of where all of the jaguars are without disturbing the animals. Generally when a jaguar is spotted, a few boats will congregate (like a normal safari) to watch.

Emma, Murray and their friend Dom are siting on a boat with the Brazilian guide behind them. The boat has no shade and they are all covered up and wearing sunglasses. You can see the greenery of the Pantanal behind them
Our time on the boat

There is a space limit, so no one can get too close. The guides will stay to watch as long as you like, unless the jaguar is showing signs of distress (this didn’t happen with us at all, they were very unconcerned by us). When other wildlife is spotted on the river, the guide will pull over both to give it space and allow the passengers to watch and take photos.

They also can explain more about the animals in Portuguese. Of course, the jaguars are wild animals, so sightings can never be guaranteed but as we understand it, jaguars are fairly abundant in the National Park and the guides have a very clear system, so you would be unlucky to see none at all. You could also always try again if you are there for more than one day. Overall, we were pleased we went because of the jaguar sightings, but we’ll put a recap of how we would have done our tour differently below.

A group of capybara trying to cram themselves into a tiny watering hole/pool. There are 7 babies and four larger adults. Two of the adults and 4 of the babies are trying to squeeze into the pool where the others are grazing.
The family of capybara who lived at Pousada Porto Jofre

Ethics regarding wildlife in the Pantanal

We found this surprisingly excellent throughout our trip to the Pantanal. On our safaris, the guides kept a respectable difference from the wildlife who did not even notice we were there for the most part. As mentioned above, it was peak season in the Pantanal when we visited so there were a few other boats and other guests could be a bit noisy, but because of the distance the cats did not seem bothered.

If you do visit, we would really encourage you to keep very quiet when jaguar spotting – of course it’s great that the jaguars were unconcerned, but excessive noise can disturb wildlife and it’s not pleasant for other visitors who are trying to watch peacefully. We did have one jaguar sighting completely to ourselves, which was amazing, as we were able to watch her in complete silence and she barely even noticed we were there.

We had done a tour a few years ago in the Amazon that unfortunately involved some very questionable ethics that we didn’t expect when we booked, so we were worried similar practices would be in place in the Pantanal. Thankfully, this was not the case. There is categorically no feeding of the animals or disturbing their natural behaviour at all.

The staff know a lot about the jaguars as they observe them regularly so you can get good information if you ask. Though the animals are wild and sightings can never be guaranteed, the chances are really high that you will see one (especially in peak season). We saw three, and the two days before us, the guests at the hotel had seen six and 12 respectively. This is mainly because the staff radio each other with each sighting, and the banks of the river are pretty narrow, so you have a good chance of seeing one if another group already has.

In terms of other wildlife, we saw lots of birds, capybara and some giant river otter. The guides are generally very respectful around the wildlife and slow down so as not to scare it, and give it plenty of space to do its thing. There were no fishing tours offered by the lodges we stayed in as far as we could tell, and nothing else that struck us as obviously unethical.

Pantanal Travel Tips for Ethical Wildlife Sightings

We would strongly advise you to check the lodge you book does not:

  • Feed the jaguars or guarantee jaguar sightings – wild animal sightings should never be guaranteed
  • Offer piranha fishing tours – these can upset the ecosystem and are usually an indicator or other unethical practices
  • Allow you to pet or play with capybara. Capybara should be wild and get very stressed out by repeated interaction with humans. When wild, they also have a nasty bite
A toucan in the trees. It almost blends in except for its very orange beak.
A resident toucan at the lodge!

What we would do differently

If the main focus of the trip for you is to see jaguars ethically, the lodges we used are acceptable. Given our time again, we would have stayed two nights at Pouso Alegre lodge, and taken a day safari with them, both to see other types of animals and also to learn more about the surrounding wildlife. Then we would have arrived around 3pm at Pousada Porto Jofre, had a relaxing afternoon with them and then the jaguar safari the next day. We probably would have skipped the night focus.

We did also visit another lodge (Santa Rosa), which we really liked in terms of facilities and staff behaviour towards us, however a quick look at their website showed that they offer fishing tours, which we don’t endorse, so sadly we can’t recommend that one.

We would say that there was nothing really wrong with Pousada Porto Jofre, except poor communication and lack of WiFi – all very surmountable for the sake of seeing jaguars in the Pantanal and if you know what you are getting into! Personally we were very glad it was acting ethically.

A shot from the road of a river/watering hole, which is dotted with around 20 crocodiles/alligators, who are mostly sunbathing out of the water with their mouths open.
The Pantanal is definitely the place to go if you want to see crocs!

Packing List

  • Natural suncream  – in areas of extreme biodiversity, it’s really important to protect the flora and fauna with a natural sun protector, as standard creams contain toxins which pollute the waterways when you shower – we use Amazinc. If choosing one, be sure to use a cream that uses none of the chemicals on Save The Reef. ‘Reef safe’ is not a protected term, so any provider can use it even if they are not reef safe at all. It’s better to check the chemicals one by one.
  • Natural insect repellent – likewise with a natural insect repellent. We use this one by Incognito and barely received a single bite in the Pantanal
  • A torch – vital if you are doing the night safari as the guide’s torches are not great.
  • Wide-brimmed hat – essential for the jaguar safari in the sun
  • A book/podcast/tv show – something to entertain yourself in periods of limited connectivity
  • Swimming costume – you’ll need to swim to cool down!
  • Handheld fan – this is a lifesaver, especially if the aircon is not powerful.
  • Anti-histamine in case of insect bites, as part of a larger first aid kit with band-aids, painkillers, anti-septic cream or wipes, anti-bacterial hand gel, anti-diarrhoea medication and any other prescriptions or regular medicine you need
  • A refillable water bottle to avoid having to buy plastic bottles as that is all they have and recycling is non-existent

Top Pantanal Travel Tips:

  • For best chance of seeing jaguars, visit the Northern Pantanal(nearest airport: Cuiaba)
  • For self-driving, hire a sturdy vehicle (ideally a pick-up) and have some experience driving off-road
  • Arrive at your lodges BEFORE dark (6pm) and do not drive at night – if in doubt, book a lodge closer to the airport on arrival
  • Fill up your petrol in Poconé even if you have an almost full tank, as it’s your last stop with facilities
  • Download Portuguese Google Translate before arrival if not a Portuguese speaker
  • Don’t bother getting a sim card unless staying longer in Brazil – signal is not available but WiFi is in some lodges
  • Wear natural suncream (following guidelines on Save The Reef) and bug spray (reef safe) to avoid disrupting the eco system
  • Take a fan, a refillable water bottle and a torch!!

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