Pousa Alegre (lodge)
the Pantanal, Brazil

personal experience....

I stayed here for three nights (not long enough!) in 2014.

the lodge...

It is located at kilometre 33 on the Transpantaneria (highway). It is signposted.

The rooms are simple but comfortable. The food is simple but hearty.

The owner, Louis, is a naturalist, and very knowledgeable about the birds, their calls, mammals, plants, frogs, snakes. And he speaks English! He is sometimes available for guiding, but he may be busy with other groups, and there are many walks and places to explore by yourself..

The surroundings are incredible; there are fields, forest, woodlands and wetlands.

The entrance road is a very bumpy drive, but good for wildlife. It is worth walking the entrance road by day. At dusk and dawn there are deer and other mammals such as Coatimundi to be spotted.

Red Brocket Deer (Damon Ramsey)

It is also worth doing the entrance road at night. There will be plenty of caiman eye glows. At night you may spotlight the eyes of nightjars; but they are hard to get close to!

a nightjar (called Pauraque) on the road to Pousa Alegre (Damon Ramsey).

And as usual, some of the best wildlife is around the lodge. The trees near the accommodation are host to woodpeckers of various species...

'Lineated Woodpecker' at Pousa Alegre (Damon Ramsey)
the not-very-woodpeckery-looking 'White Woodpecker' (Damon Ramsey)

Some of the trees just around the lodge are home to one of the main attractions of the Pantanal, the huge and spectacular, Hyacinth Macaw....

'Hyacinth Macaw' at Pousa Alegre (Damon Ramsey)

The grassy fields just next door are home to rhea...

Greater Rhea are large ostrich like birds (Damon Ramsey)

other birds

Giant Cowbirds look like they have little heads (Damon Ramsey)
as Jar Jar Binks would say; "Look! Ani!"
White-eyed Parakeet (Damon Ramsey)
'Fork-tailed Flycatchers' often turn up on poles and wires around the lodge and along the main road.

The wetlands at the entrance to the lodge are home to...

how awesome are skimmers? (Damon Ramsey)
the beautiful Sunbittern (Damon Ramsey)


Reptiles wander across the grounds, such as...

tegu are large reptiles (Damon Ramsey)
Amazon (Ameiva) Racerunner pop up next to the rooms...
The wetlands at the entrance to the lodge are home to lots of caiman. They are relatively harmless to humans (Damon Ramsey)

Capybara are ubiquitous wherever there is water in the Pantanal...

bird on a capybara (Damon Ramsey)

Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.