Welcome to Piuval Lodge

Piuval Lodge is a surprisingly-Jaguar-rich, extremely-accessible lodge at only km 7 of the 145-km-long, raised Transpantaneira road that penetrates the heart of the north Pantanal. Large as well as standard suites, good Hyacinth Macaws, and excellent waterbirds on the scenic plains around the lodge. Best visited Monday through Friday, when few local families from Cuiabá can crowd the lodge.

Piuval Lodge is located in the center of a 17,000-acre, working cattle ranch that lies surprisingly-close to Cuiabá, yet offers a spectacular, widlife-rich introduction to the Pantanal. In 2021, the lodge amazed everyone by suddenly and unexpectedly announcing that they had 4-6 very tame, wild Jaguars visible on many days and evenings within 100-2000 meters of the lodge. On some evenings, the lodge even had Jaguars photographed from their open safari trucks, in the lights of the lodge, within 100 m of the lodge, and not even late. We have some ideas about how this miracle of tame, visible Jaguars might have happened at Piuval, but for now, it is important just to protect and to enjoy them.

The lodge has 20 perfectly-comfortable, air-conditioned guest rooms with en suite facilities, and 11 newer, larger, better appointed suites. The large dining room is also fully air-conditioned whenever it is too warm to enjoy meals with just ambient outside air.

Through 2020, the lodge also was quite good for Giant Anteaters, but it seems that in 2021, the ubiquitous presence of the newly-tame Jaguars scared the anteaters into hiding.

The pool and lounge and bar by the pool are notably fine, as are the grounds around the lodge. Hyacinth Macaws are common in the palm trees on the lodge grounds, making Piuval the first and closest site in the world from a major airport, namely Cuiabá, that offers views of this, the world’s largest and most spectacular parrot species.

In years of normal amounts of rainfall, this property is famous for its motorboat wildlife outings on a large lake located only 2 km from the lodge, but from August to January, that lake always is too shallow for this boating fun.

Piuval Lodge Activities

Activities for our guests at Piuval used to revolve around motorboat rides on their big lake in May through July and safari truck outings in the pre-dawn, early morning, late afternoon, and after dinner. When Jaguars became visible near the lodge in 2021, however, all bets were off and it was time to reconsider how best to be use one’s time.

Now, the activities that our guests tend to like the most at Piuval are private or shared safari truck outings to search for Jaguars, observing and photographing large and medium-sized birds in the fields near the lodge, and photographing Hyacinth Macaws in the palms and ”piuval trees” near the lodge. Horseback riding, seasonal boat outings on the big lake, and pool fun are other activities, but these last three now are much less interesting to our guests than are the Jaguars and macaws. For bird listers, there is a small, must-see woodpecker species in selected trees at Piuval, and this species is not visible at any other lodge on the Transpantaneira Road or in Jaguarland. There also is an attractive, if rather elusive, medium-sized owl species in the forests at Piuval, and this owl is not visible at any other lodge in the northern Pantanal. If you are a serious birder, ask us for details.

Up through 2019, Piuval used to be quite good for Giant Anteater sightings, but with the 2021 advent of the visible Jaguars, the Giant Anteaters have become rather hard to see there. In 2022, we will see how the sightings of Jaguars and Giant Anteaters compare at Piuval.

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