Hey guys - we are heading to the Corumba in the next few days to do a trip around the Pantanal. I know there are probably loads of tour operators in the area - but I was wondering if anyone knew of any good / bad ones from personal experience ?? Cheers !
I went with a company call Pantanal Discovery (formerly known as Giltours) located in the bus station in Campo Grande. Gil, the person who runs it lied about the tours and we were severely dissapointed with many aspects of the tour. Do not go with Gil tours. Ecological Expeditions, which is just outside the bus station, has a very good reputation.
If you are going from Corumba, then I can't help you!
i haven't been recently in corumba only in cuiaba but i suggest to ear around from other turist that come back from tours because they change guide often.
Another solution is to rent a car and go alone is quite simple.
Just on thing: don't miss Bonito! It's one of the most beautiful places in Pantanal...
Another thing: in Bonito, there's a hostel where I found many many foreigners...you might want to gather with them...
I had a great time with gilstour Pantanal discovery last month.
It´s funny the away people bust one company and mention another one, sounds suspicious.
I do recommend Pantanal discovery, their guides, their whole program is well organized, and their place is not over crowded, do not esitate. -snip, use message center-
[ Edit: sorry, no emails please ]
Fiona. I don't know what is suspicious about telling people about a personal experience as it happened to you. As stated in your other pantanal topic, I am glad you enjoyed Giltours. When I went with a group of 8 friends, we were promised all kinds of things that were never delivered. The guides at the camp were horrified when they heard what we had been promised and said that this was always happeneing and that they could not possibly deliver.
I think the biggest joke of that trip was when we were sent out looking for jaguars in a group of 25 people (as if anyone is EVER going to spot a jaguar in such a large group) with only one guide, who turned out to be the jeep driver and didnt have even so much as a pen knife on him. Add to this the fact that we were looking for a mother jaguar and two babies and you can see how ridiculous the situation gets. Later I went on a tour with a proper guide who knew his stuff (I tagged along another group that appeared) and was impressed by the depth of knowledge and respect the guide showed for both the environement and the animals. It was fascinating. We did find the jaguar, a little too close for comfort, and the jeep driver who had originally taken us out wet his pants. Fat lot of use he would have been if we had found the jaguar on our initial foray.
There are many things that went wrong on my trip. I am glad they did not on your. I did enjoy the Pantanal despite this and would recommend it to anyone interested. A definite must. If you have anymore suspicions Fiona, I suggest that you send me a private message rather than making insinuations in public on the forums. Also, if you are doubtful about where my interests lie, I would advise you check out my website as listed in my profile.
I'm afraid emails and duplicate posts are both not allowed on our forums. I've had to delete your other duplicate threads started on this topic and remove the email address (we wouldn't want them to be getting spam now would we ).
Unfortunately, the way it looks right now is that Giltours has found out that the no.3 ranking page in Google for 'giltours' is this less than raving review about the company. I mean, why do you really care what someone is saying about the company, unless you have a share in it?? Sorry, but we're quite happy to let thowra's comments stand, as she is a regular contributor to this site and has so far proved to be a trustworthy member. So far, the only thing we've heard from you are three posts defending Giltours.
p.s. you may want to review the rules before posting again.