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Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge

Brazil

5 days

Summary

Pantanal Eco Lodge is a lodge located in the heart of the Pantanal in Brazil. The Pantanal is home to the highest concentration of birds in South America and has a variety of plant species that creates a splendid mosaic of vegetation. Just as rich is the Pantanal’s culture, including authentic gastronomy, daily traditions, and many celebrations. The Pantanal’s seasons are Wet (December to March), Intermediate (April to June), Dry (July to October), and Rainy (November and December) and each season has its own beauty.

Located the center of the continent, with an area of approximately 150.000 km², Pantanal consists of a transition area, containing elements of Cerrado, the Amazon, and Atlantic forests, of Paraguayan Chaco and Caatinga. Such fantastic biodiversity includes approximately: 698 species of birds, 80 species of mammals, 26 of fish and 50 of reptiles.

Among this unique and rare biological diversity is the Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge. Built in perfect harmony with its surroundings, it has its access assured throughout the year through the Transpantaneira Park Road, only 132 km south of Cuiabá in approximately two hours.

About the lodge: Araras Eco Lodge is located on a 2780 hectare private reserve and offers 19 comfortable air-conditioned rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms and large verandas with hammocks. Enjoy stunning views of the Pantanal from the top of the lodge’s observation towers and refreshing dips in the pool between excursions. Activities include trekking, birdwatching, canoeing, horseback riding, and photo-safaris, all conducted with expert local guides.

Highlights

  • Explore the Pantanal region by trekking environmental trails, ona photo safari, horseback riding, canoeing or from observation towers.
  • The Araras Eco Lodge follows the “Farm-to-Table” gastronomy concepts, utilizing the products from our farm and from the region.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation and full board (dinner, breakfast, lunch and tea).
  • Shared activities accompanied by naturalist guide (bilingual in Portuguese/English) and/or field monitors.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Cuiaba/Pantanal

You will met at Cuiaba Airport this morning and transferred to Araras Ecolodge, driving the scenic Transpantaneira Park Road. While crossing the area, it is possible to spot lovely sights of the local flora & fauna. On arrival at the lodge, you will be met with a welcome drink and have time to settle in to your accommodation.

Late this afternoon, enjoy a guided hike within the surroundings of the lodge, reaching the Mirante da Garça, a 12m high observation tower for an unequalled view of the sunset. After dinner, a star gazing trek, listening to the sounds of the Pantanal.

Day 2 Pantanal

After breakfast, take a photo safari through private dirt roads towards the Clarinho River. Reaching its banks, board a canoe and paddle down the river, exploring the forest that grows by the riverbanks and mangroves. Here lives a colony of “ariranhas” – giant river otters. With some luck, you may spot a family playing with their babies and teaching them how to swim and fish. Chance of fishing the elusive piranha, not an easy task, but fun. Enjoy a barbecue lunch under the shadow of the trees (*). Hammocks are available to enjoy a “siesta”.

Return to the Lodge in time for the afternoon tea. Later on, trek the Howler Monkey trail to the Howler Monkey Tower, our highest observation point – 25 m high -, for a magnificent view of the sunset. After dinner, join a night drive in search of nocturnal animals.

Day 3 Pantanal

After breakfast, enjoy a horseback ride, which will allow you to explore the diversity of the Pantanal landscape including some flooded areas of the Pantanal plain. The Pantaneiro horse are docile and has adapted, through the centuries, to eat with its nose underwater. In this region, the horse is the Pantaneiros’ best friend, a daily companion during work and leisure. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, trek the Rondon Trail towards the 13 m high Jabiru Stork Tower, where you can watch a Jabiru Stork nest. Return to Araras Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 Pantanal

In the morning after breakfast, get to know a different area of Araras Private Natural Reserve, by trekking the Ronco trail. After lunch, join a 2 to 3-hour photo safari towards the South of the lodge, on a safari open truck, in search of the fauna along the Transpantaneira Park Road. Check a list of the wild animals you have met, with your guide.

Day 5 Pantanal/Cuiaba

Rise early to witness for the last time the awakening of the Pantanal at dawn. Breakfast and departure at 7h30 or 12h30 to Cuiaba, with stops along the Transpantaneira Park Road for photos and a last glimpse of this unique ecosystem.

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