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review 15 Sep 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing Jaguar and Tapir were the most memorable highlights of the wildlife spotting on the trip for me though others liked the giant anteater or the lesser anteater also called a southern Tamandua.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The Eco lodge has a problem with bats they are nesting in the roof and their guano drops through the roof on to the beds and people in the rooms. I can state categorically that rooms 19 and 17 have this issue as I woke up with bat crap smeared on my face and hands in room 19 and then I was moved to room 17 where the droppings again fell onto the bed, I thought initially that the droppings were from rodents but the staff who knew of the problem assured me it was bat poo. I do not know what would happen if the droppings had fallen into my mouth as I do not know what diseases/viruses/bacteria would be in the guano. I did not see any droppings in the dining room but I did not inspect the kitchens. There is also an issue with the breakfast area, the birds at the lodge land on and peck at the food this is a safety problem again and while there are covers for each item set out on the breakfast table these are sometimes left off the plates or attached above the table and away from the food. Look out for the problems I have listed there are probably others that I did not see. On the Jaguar houseboat, the room designated as PIAU had a shower door which does not close this is not a problem if the water from the shower does not make the floor too slippery when stepping out of the shower more worrying is the fact that the electrics above the shower head are exposed as the lid does not fasten properly this could lead to a tragedy but by being careful there should be no electrocutions, hopefully. Do not look for the superb quality types of accommodation standard to be found on African safaris, these locations are not POSADAS in the wilderness. The food is not gourmet but very nice and the fish is generally excellent and I asked for the recipe for the beans I liked them so much. I failed to send any postcards as they were on sale but without stamps and the post office at the airport was shut on the day I tried to buy them, it being a weekend. I brought pens, pencils, calculators and mathematical sets for what I thought would be a rural school but was taken initially to a large one in Cuiaba with 1800 students many of which were special needs and I felt that the drop in the ocean of equipment i had taken to donate was too small, another school found on the roadside going towards the state capital was given some things that I had overlooked in my suitcase initially and that was a good place to visit since it was small enough to benefit from the few things handed over so if you bring things to give to those who are in need I feel it would be best to give where it would do the most good, others may disagree since it is also true that the large school is also in need of support and a lot more than I was able to supply.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The people on the Jaguar houseboat and at the lodge are mostly locals and they get good tips from the guests, The kitchen staff on the houseboat make the best beans I've tasted anywhere, the food here is better in my opinion than at the lodge both places I'm told are owned by the same people. Efforts are made to reduce the presence of the tourists on the environment recycling at the lodge and requests to turn off unneeded lights and the room fans and air conditioning when not needed but some of the tourists have children and they often chase the birds at the lodge apparently unchecked by their parents. Conservation is mentioned but the lodge is also a working farm and the needs of the stock must come first with the stockmen. Everyone is very friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Overall good, the weather was unexpectedly and unseasonably cold and wet for most of the time on the river but this did not stop four sightings of Jaguar two of the same female and two other hunting females, both hunts were unsuccessful, lucky Caiman and Capybara!

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