Barra Mansa Lodge

Barra Mansa is a simple but charming family-run lodge with very personalized service offering fully private excursions to explore the unique flora and fauna in Brazil's Pantanal.

About Barra Mansa Lodge

The Barra Mansa Lodge is strategically located in a privileged area in the Pantanal, where the waters of Vazante do Castelo meet the Negro river, 225km from Campo Grande. The pousada was created in the 40s as a cattle-breeding ranch. In 1996 Mr. Guilherme Rondon, the grandson of the original settler and one of the main voices in the struggle for the conservation of Pantanal, decided to operate and start an eco-tourism project in the ranch. Barra Mansa proposes to gather the sport fisherman, photographers, birdwatchers and lovers of environmental tourism to contemplate nature integrated with the peaceful routine of a typical farm in the pantanal.

The main access is by air, from Campo Grande and Aquidauana, both in Mato Grosso do Sul state. During the dry season (july to november) is possible to get to Barra Mansa by 4x4 vehicles under previous consult about traffic conditions of the road and followed by a local guide.

The maximum capacity is 16 guests, which provides high quality services combined with comfort and privacy. The lodge has apartments with private bathroom with hot water, air conditioning and sreened windows for two, three and four people.

The delicious traditional food is made in the wood stove and served in the comfortable restaurant, totally protected from insects.
The guests can visit the kitchen and make suggestions for the menu. We can provide specials menus (vegetarians and others) according to previous specifics solicitations in the booking form.

Furthermore facilities at the pousada are a screened varanda, outside hamock area, satelite TV, telephone, broadband internet access, private landing strip, laundry service, bar, souvenirs shop, fishing equipment for rent and several books about the Pantanal.

Pousada Barra Mansa offers a wide variety of activities like:

  • Canoeing

    Canadian canoes are the best way to get in contact with the Pantanal waters and the surrounding nature. These boats seat 3 people and the driving is easy, the Canadian Canoes require no previous experience and can be done by people of all ages. The harmonious sounds of the Pantanal and its vivid life can be heard during canoe trips down the river. The wildlife is even more amazing whilst canoeing at sunrise. During the Vazante season, when water from the wetland begins to recede, canoeing can be done in the clear waters of Vazante do Castelo, an invitation to delicious baths, observing fish and aquatic plants, as well as caimans and stingrays swimming quietly under the canoes.

  • Horse riding

    Riding a horse provides you with a more favourable view of the wetland. At Hotel Barra Mansa Pantanal, you experience the activities of cattle management and horse-breeding techniques and calm rides throught fields, savannahs, forests, bays and salt-water lakes that serve as a backdrop for observing birds and animals through the wild wetland. If you've never ridden a horse before, this is the perfect place to learn. Our horses are well trained, obedient and fitted with comfortable saddles. We ride on typical Pantanal wetland “arreios” , which are suitable for people of all ages. For people who like horse-riding, Barra Mansa Pantanal arranges touring options that maximise contact with the horses and the cowboy lifestyle. The schedule of a day's ride includes a typical lunch in the field, as on cattle drives. If you want to experience even more intense riding, request a journey of two or more days spent overnight in a camp built especially for this tour. Do not forget to let us know in advance you have chosen this option so we can have everything prepared for your arrival.

  • Boat trips

    The winding Rio Negro presents a rewarding opportunity to observe the unspoiled nature on its banks. Our boats have silent electric motors that do not disturb the natural sounds of the Pantanal. The Rio Negro is widely considered to be the best part of the Pantanal because it has no villages on its banks. During the tours, it is just you and nature. Calm and slow, the river acts as a refuge for the huge number of wild animals that benefit from the remoteness of this region. Along the beaches and riverbanks, you will find the perfect place to rest and experience the Pantanal's exuberant and incredible nature. Every day you can visit a different bend of the river or explore the quiet lakes hiding in the surrounding woods. While you bathe in the river or relax on one of the beaches, nature unfolds around you: a family of otters can choose the same place to bathe, a kingfisher may catch lunch or hyacinth macaws can display their feathers in a delightful dance. Let the harmony of the Rio Negro inspire you.

  • Safari drives

    We have a 4x4 vehicle customised especially for outdoor drives and will take you to the beautiful scenery, flora and fauna of the Pantanal in comfort. On this tour, you can explore areas that are difficult to access on a walk or by horse. It is a great way for you to explore the area if you come with children or have limited mobility. The sunrise is a show that can be admired from different parts of the farm during the safari and you are always guaranteed exclusive photos. Barra Mansa Lodge is specialized in guiding services for professional photographers and advanced amateurs, suggesting the best tours according to the time of day and visitors nature interest.

  • Hiking

    Hiking takes place in the vicinity of the farm and in the woods, with typical vegetation of the Pantanal: ridges (cordilleras), woods (capões), flood plains and savannah environments that shelter animals and plants in the region.We have highly specialised field guides to assist you. Bird-watching is the walks` strong point: dozens of different species come to Barra Mansa daily. In addition to the wide variety of birds that can be spotted here in the Pantanal, hiking is a great opportunity to see capybaras, coatis, deer, peccaries and anteaters, due to the silent approach taken by our experienced Pantanal guides. The ranch has several trails with varying distances, suitable for a variety of ages and abilities.

  • Sport Fishing

    The Negro River, protected by a special legislation prohibiting sport fishing but permitting fishes to be "caught and released" by visitors to the Pantanal. The Negro River is home to dourados, catfishes, piraputangas, piaus, pacus and many more species. The fishes are small compared to other rivers from the La Plata Basin, but its abundance ensures excitement to the fisher time. The 16 feet boats are equipped for fishing and are fitted with 15 HP motors, electric trolling motors and very knowledgeable guides that will take you to the right place for an unforgettable experience with the fishes of the region. Our guides know every curve of the river. They know the sample sizes and the amount of fish that can be brought for tasting at the hotel. The limitation of a maximum five boats in the river at the same time guarantees exclusive fishing spots.

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