Barra Mansa is a traditional lodge located in the rural area of Aquidauana city, South Pantanal – Brazil. The main access to Barra Mansa is by plane from Campo Grande, Aquidauana and Bonito which are all in Mato Grosso do Sul state. The charter flights provide a panoramic view of the Pantanal and are available to fly all year round. The lodge have been operating since 1996. It is great place to meet Pantanal people, experience local culture, lifestyle, and food whilst still being part of a unique environment. The lodge is unique in its location because it is where the vazante meets the Negro River and calm waters flow. This is a perfect spot to watch the sunset behind the bridge and have a relaxing encounter with nature. The guest has an exclusive guide to take him around and schedule the tours and he is welcome to choose what to do, what time to leave and what time to return. The tours and activities are organized according to guest’s preference. The experience offered by Barra Mansa is ideal for families, couples on honeymoon, groups of friends, and people with particular interests.

Itinerary:

DAY 01 – CAMPO GRANDE
Arrival at Campo Grande Airport followed by Private Transfer to Deville Hotel in Campo Grande. Arrival. Check-in. Accommodation. Free Day. Overnight

DAY 02 – CAMPO GRANDE / PANTANAL
Breakfast and right after Private Land Transfer in Mini Van Doblô to the town of Aquidauana (130km- 2hrs) to board on a 3 seats Cessna Aircraft bound to Barra Mansa Lodge (180 km- 30min). Arrival at the Lodge. Accommodation. Lunch. Tour. Dinner. Overnight

DAY 03 – PANTANAL
Breakfast. Tour. Lunch. Tour. Dinner.

DAY 04 – PANTANAL
Breakfast. Tour. Lunch. Tour. Dinner. Night Safari

DAY 05 – PANTANAL / CAMPO GRANDE  
Breakfast. Checkout and flight back to the town of Aquidauana, followed by land Transfer back to Campo Grande Airport. End of our services.

Tours at Barra Mansa Lodge

»» Horseback riding – Pantaneiro horses, raised at the Fazenda, are excellent for tours on the surrounding of the forests and drains as the Drain of Castelo. This place has the biggest concentration of trees and a lot of animals can find shelter and food all over. The Pantaneiro horses are rustic and completely adaptable to the wetlands – when the rain season starts (from November up to March) the horses have to look for food on the flooded areas. The people interested can follow the cowboys when they are doing their daily work and witness their talent roping and handling the cattle.

»» Canoeing – The Fazenda has handicraft canoes made up of “ximbuva” wood (Enterolobium contortisiliqum) by people from Corumba, South Mato Grosso. The piranha fishing tours are on Guanandy bay, Baía das Pedras bay and drain of Castelo. Birds, caimans and mammals go frequently to the bays mainly in the early hours of the day and sunset.

»» Trekking – Paths take visitors to special places like the macaw’s landing area. There are paths like the bee’s way and another one along the Drain of Castelo perfect for watching the sunset.

»» Catch and release Fishing - Fishing in the Rio Negro  River is only permitted in the catch ande release mode for ecological reasons, where you free the fish you catch preserving its life. The most commom species are, Pintado (Catfish), Pacu, Bagre and Dourado. The Piranha, wich because of the exaggerated myth created around its ferocity, does not have to be released and you can use it to make the type of fish broth, caldo de piranha, a traditional dish in the Region.

»» Photographic Safari – It joins two passions, photography and observation of animals and flora. All these on tours around the fields over a four wheel drive vehicle.

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