Barra Mansa is strategically located in the Pantanal, at the confluence of the Vazante do Castelo and Negro rivers, 225km from Campo Grande. The lodge was created in the 1940’s as a cattle-breeding ranch. In 1996, the grandson of the original settler set up an eco-tourism project at the ranch.
The main farmhouse has beautiful views of the river and the guest rooms have screened windows, air-conditioning and verandas. The maximum capacity is for 17 guests, which assures a personalized service and extreme privacy. The restaurant serves delicious local cuisine cooked in a wood stove and the chef is very happy to take suggestions from guests.
Activities on offer at Barra Mansa include sport fishing, guided excursions to see the surrounding flora and fauna, horse riding and bird watching. The guides at Barra Mansa are all locals and carry years of experience so you'll be in good hands. The outside hammock area is the prefect place to relax and unwind after a day exploring one of the most diverse eco-systems in the world.
Accommodation at Barra Mansa is in simple guest rooms, sleeping between 2 to 4 guests. All rooms have screened windows, air conditioning and ceiling fan. The lodge's maximum capacity is 17 guests.
Children of all ages are welcome at Barra Mansa although due to the length of the transfer to the lodge and the nature of the excursions we would not especially recommend it for very young children. Older children are sure to enjoy the adventurous nature of a stay in the Pantanal and looking out for the local wildlife.
Facilities at Barra Mansa include a restaurant, bar, outside hammock area, fishing equipment for rent and a private landing strip.
Guests at Barra Mansa are wonderfully located for exploring the wonders of the Brazilian Pantanal and activities on offer include horseback riding, boat trips, canoeing, hiking, fishing, and safari.
When to travel
Two well-defined seasons: one dry (July to November) and one rainy (December to June). At the beginning of the rainy season the water is quickly absorbed, but later on the soil gradually becomes waterlogged. Plant-covered ponds, pools and baías start forming and new watercourses of widely varying sizes are formed.
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Location and directions
The lodge is located in a privileged place in the Pantanal, where the waters of Vazante do Castelo meet the Negro river, 225km from Campo Grande.
How to get there
11.5hour international flight to Sao Paulo, followed by a 1hour 40minute domestic flight to Campo Grande and private plane to Barra Mansa.