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.