How not to book a Pantanal tour!
Trip Start Mar 07, 2007
75Trip End Oct 04, 2007
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BEFORE THE TOUR -
We were hit up for a tour within minutes, only by one company who told us the company we wanted to go with were closed, sounds familiar, right? But there wasn~t really anyone else in sight and it sounded ok and we were tired and just wated to go. Also two other Aussies were going with them and they~d looked around and decided it was the best... so off we goto the Pantanal within minutes. Wicked, we have been teased with stories of Anacondas, Jaguars, Anteaters and Piranhas. Our only friend who has been here came back with a massive tick.
AFTER THE TOUR -
The company were Greentrack, the owner, Murilo is charismatic and talked us into it pretty easily, I feel he could talk anyone into it, and there were a few fibs to get us there. Anyway without going into details, although the tour was great and we saw loads of animals (see next entry). BUT, the company has major issues, our guide quit halfway through the tour, leaving several people in the middle of the jungle with no guide, which is unbelievably irresponsible I reckon. There were huge miscommunications between the office and the property, seeing one guy not picked up for three days after he was supposed to go, they seriously just forgot him! Luckily he had nowhere else to go and was ok with it. And we were picked up a day before our guide told us we were going, with a lift going to town we didnīt want to go to at 11 oīclock at night, and then hit up for the travel costs, or told we were having the police called on us and we couldnīt leave the Pantanal. It was a full on situation, and there were some heated words. Anyway we got out alive but I really couldnīt recommend the company to anyone, I did not find them professional, and we were hung out to dry for their mistakes and lack of communication. It sounds like many people have similiarly bad experiences in this region, with Greentrack and Ecological Expeditions as well. I canīt recommend an alternative - sorry! But be careful! There are some cowboys out there!