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Pousada Fazenda San Francisco
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

There are many reviews that rate this as outstanding which is NOT true. We just returned from 4 nights July 2017.I travel a lot, here is the true overview.
They have day users. You may be 30 people at night, but 130 or more in the day, there are no "perks" to being an overnight guest, join the line pay the price.
It is NOT all inclusive. Besides juice etc. at breakfast, you PAY FOR EVERYTHING (except limited food) including water for lunch and dinner, no bottles are even provided in room, never seen this ever. For the price, totally unacceptable to not even to provide water, seriously.

The food quality is far from "outstanding" it is the same old every day and limited. Breakfast may have scrambled eggs if they don't run out, other than that, fruit, rice, a loaf of bread, NO cheese, breads, sliced meets, yogurt etc. and ask for butter, no jam. Buffet for lunch and dinner, worst bbq meat cuts you can imagine, obviously what they couldn't sell for profit, shoe leather, chicken, beans, rice, a veggie, salad, no cheese, breads or variety, again, no free liquids. Make sure you bring everything liquid to drink INCLUDING WATER if you choose to go.Desert, watermelon (TYG) two lousy whatevers.

The safaris. If your vision of a safari is to drive endlessly around empty fields of dirt, on a small dirt road hoping to catch a Jaguar, never gonna happen. If you are a Birder, photog type you will love it, great birds for sure and picture opportunities and we did see anteater, deer and ocelet. The boat tours were good, horse riding, canoeing, boardwalk into the preserve too were good.The location is quiet and lovely, rooms were 3 plus but choose away from main lodge, insist not to be in main lodge, the green building where there are three rooms located, do not accept these.

They mark beverages on a card, you get no receipt, just lines on a card, at they end they will say well you have been here a few days that must be the total, watch this closely, they tried to overcharge us, not a big amount but principal matters to most people including me.
Guides are available who speak English, Roberta and JIJI were great, the WILL NOT tell you these guides are available, you have to push, they will pretend no one speaks English, they do, 90% of visitors are from Brazil, so, you are just bonus, push, by day two we and othe English speakers miraculously had an English guide.

All in all, far below the dream we had, substandard food, far from the Safari we hoped for, and generally a cash grab. But...if you love taking pictures of birds and driving in squares, a way you go! I will spend on Sri Lanka, and South Africa, and remain sadly short changed on this trip, we were told it was better than the Amazon, I will let you know. :)

Stayed: July 2017
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

Sao Francisco is a ranch turned western style hotel with a kind of luxury you won't find anywhere else in The Pantanal. The rooms are clean, large and very nice compared to the low price.
The tours are all motorized and are therefore ideal for families with small children. The tours include very little trekking, but due to the Night Safari it is still one of the best places to spot wildlife in the area. That said, the tour groups are to large (approx 20 people) and the guides posses no English skills whatsoever.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Really worth it to stay and sleep in this farm. The daily and night activities are very nice for elderly people. It is all inclusive food and the atmosfere is completely out of urban routine. We can see a lot of animals and birds.

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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

The Fazenda is a 150 km2 working farm with plantation, cattle and a private reserve. We stayed in the pousada for 3 days with a predefined schedule that included walking, riding, going down river in a canoe and boat, fishing for piranha and night view in search of wildlife. In all we had a fairly occupied time with all the visits made on time with very hepfull and knowledgeable guides

The rooms where basic with a nice porch

Room Tip: We stayed at the rooms farthest from the main building which where quiet (except for the parrots)
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

I spent three nights here along with a group of wildlife enthusiasts with our own private English speaking guide. He was concerned that we wouldn't see much wildlife since it was the transitional season (early June) and the rains had not yet stopped. But, wow, we were so impressed - 5 ocelots in 45 minutes, several giant anteaters, jabirus, capybaras, caimans, a 10' anaconda, brown capuchins, wood storks, hyacinth macaws, giant river otter and more birds than I can list!

The rooms were clean, spacious and had a/c and small refrigerators. We stopped before getting there so we could purchase large bottles of water to have in our rooms, instead of buying smaller bottles each day.

The tours were excellent - boat trips on two rivers, morning and night photo safaris, horseback riding and walking on the boardwalk to the observation tower.

Activities are well coordinated and organized. The staff went out of their way to make sure we all saw and were able to photograph the various birds and wildlife.

Meals are buffet style with a few options to choose from with most of it varying from day to day. Eggs are available at breakfast if you ask for them.

Although some comments mentioned the influx of day-trippers, we didn't feel overcrowded at any meals. Usually we were gone on our tours before the buses arrived, so only saw large crowds for lunch, but there is ample seating.

Although Zika was a concern prior to our trip, we saw very, very few mosquitoes. I counted 6 in two weeks!!

Wi-fi is available in the lobby/patio area, but is very weak. You are quite isolated, so it's nice to have it at all!

This was a great introduction to the southern Pantanal and we were quite impressed with the family's dedication to the environment.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
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Address: Rodovia BR 262, Miranda, State of Mato Grosso do Sul 79022-340, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Mato Grosso do Sul > Miranda
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Miranda
Price Range: RM 1,145 - RM 2,071 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pousada Fazenda San Francisco 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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