Corumba vs. Miranda vs. Campo Grande for Pantanal (+ any other sugs?)
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 20, 2013 6:59 AM Last Post By: Willcadams
Jul 16, 2013 1:59 AM
Corumba vs. Miranda vs. Campo Grande for Pantanal (+ any other sugs?)hello!
I'm travelling from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Iguassu Falls. It looks like I'll have about 9 days (leave Santa Cruz around July 21st, would like to reach Buenos Aires after Iguassu around August 1). I've heard Bonito is a wonderful stop, as well as a visit to the Patanal. Can anyone give me insight /recs for which place I should launch from?
I heard Campo Grande is a bit touristy /expensive but Corumba operators might not be very good. Miranda sounds like a nice area with 'homier' options, but maybe harder if traveling solo.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Jul 16, 2013 2:47 AM
1A lot depends on your budget, really. I would advise against booking with a Corumbá agent - most Pantanal business has moved to CG and Cuiabá. A popular budget option is Pousada Santa Clara, which can be booked by email. They will pick you up from the turnoff at Buraco das Piranhas, and drop you off again at the end. From there there is regular minivan service to Bonito. There are many other options in the area, for various budgets.
From Santa Cruz, you should take the ferrobus to Quijarro and cross to Corumbá from there. It's an extremely easy crossing, although I had some difficulties with Bolivian border post staff on strike. I had to spend an extra night in Corumbá (where the choice of accommodation is limited) to go back to the border the next day for my stamp. In the morning, as you arrive in Quijarro, look out for birdlife from the train, especially toucans!
Jul 17, 2013 5:35 AM
2I don´t recommend booking either with the agencies in Corumba or Campo Grande because these agents always add a hefty amount of commission to the tour price.
A lot of the lodges near Miranda are very expensive, although it´s fair to say that you get what you pay for, and they are pretty luxurious. Unfortunately they generally cater for groups of between 4-10, and I think you would have to pay quite a bit extra if you are there on your own. Due to the higher prices they also tend to be less busy, so it would probably be quite difficult to find a group that you can go with.
For a solo traveller, Pousada Santa Clara is definitely the easiest option, as they always have guests who they can group together. As polyglot said, you can contact them via email to book.
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