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Barra Mansa Lodge

Pantanal, Brazil

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, one of the most wildlife-rich and top preserved eco-systems on earth.

At a Glance

  • Basic accommodation like all Pantanal lodges but an incredibly warm and friendly welcome - all about the personal service there

  • Home of Renato and Guillermo, who are extremely knowledgeable about the Pantanal region. The farm has remained in the same family for generations

  • Very peaceful and attractive location on the banks of the Rio Negro - spot giant river otters playing in the shallows

  • Fully private and personalized guided excursions on foot, on horse back or by 4x4

  • Incredible wildlife can be spotted within easy reach of the ranch

Wildlife, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Family

Insider's View

If owner Guillerme is in the mood, which he often is, listen to him strumming his guitar with old vaqueiro tunes - a real treat.

Sarah Lowe

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Barra Mansa Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Amazon and Pantanal


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 1940s 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 two to four 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.

Location & Directions

Pantanal, Brazil

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.

When to go

The Pantanal has two distinct seasons, dry and wet. During the wet season (November-April) guests will find the region in bloom, with lush vegetation and flowers, however the rains can make some areas tricky to reach, it is very hot and humid and some lodges do close at this time. We feel the best time to visit is during the dry season (May - October), which is the peak season for viewing wildlife, when rare species of birds and other animals seek shelter along the riverbanks and can be observed more easily.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Barra Mansa Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Amazon and Pantanal

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