Brazil Pantanal: Araras Eco Lodge

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Araras Eco Lodge

Araras Eco Lodge offers a homely atmosphere, where visitors from diverse generations and cultures, find the creative space to fulfill their personal experiences.The lodge, built in regional rustic style, offers 19 comfortable rooms with air conditioning with screened windows, ceiling fans, private bathrooms (cold and hot shower); a swimming pool with an adjoining covered area for meals, large verandas with hammocks, reading room and conference hall, gift shop, bar, and restaurant. The excellent regional food consists of dishes made from the tasty meat and fishes of the Pantanal, as well as featuring organic salads, vegetables and seasonal fruits.

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Araras Eco Lodge offers a homely atmosphere, where visitors from diverse generations and cultures, find the creative space to fulfill their personal experiences.The lodge, built in regional rustic style, offers 19 comfortable rooms with air conditioning with screened windows, ceiling fans, private bathrooms (cold and hot shower); a swimming pool with an adjoining covered area for meals, large verandas with hammocks, reading room and conference hall, gift shop, bar, and restaurant. The excellent regional food consists of dishes made from the tasty meat and fishes of the Pantanal, as well as featuring organic salads, vegetables and seasonal fruits.

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You do not have to stir far from your room to see capybara, giant river otters, hyacinth macaws and a myriad of birds. A short walk takes you through the swamp and forest to an observation tower which gives beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Monkeys abound there and if you are lucky you will make friends with a family of howlers! Excursions by horse, boat and truck go out several times a day from the lodge.

 

Example itinerary

Day 1 Arrival
Hike of the lodge surroundings, reaching the Mirante da Garça
Day 2 Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna
Day 3 Exploring Clarinho River banks, mangroves and fores
Day 4 Heron’s Tower
Departure
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Example itinerary

 

Day 1: After meeting at the airport, departure to Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge. Transfer is divided in two stages: the first, on a paved road for 100 km / 62.13mi to Poconé, passing by farms and savanna. After a stop in Poconé we start the second stage of the transfer entering at Km 0 the Estrada Parque Transpantaneira (park road) unpaved at built at a higher level than the flood plain. The road has more than 127 wooden bridges fording fields, bays and grazing lands. Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge is at km 32 / 19.88 mi. and transfer is considered a photosafari for the many species of animals and birds found along its length. Vehicle will make several stops for photos. Arrival at Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge, reception, welcome with fresh fruit juice and accommodation. Late afternoon hike of the lodge surroundings, reaching the Mirante da Garça, a 12m / 39.5 ft. high observation tower for an unequalled view of the sunset. After dinner, a star gazing trek, to hear the sounds of the flood plain. Overnight.

Day 2: Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna at the Araras Eco Lodge private reserve.

After breakfast, the guide will lead you on a 2 to 3 hour horseback ride through the grazing fields, woods and food lands. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, we will go on hike to a different area of the reservation, allowing you to observe and learn about this ecosystem. Overnight.

Day 3: After breakfast, departure towards Clarinho River. At the riverbank, embark on a canoe, and explore its banks, mangroves and forest. With luck, a sight of a family of ariranhas (giant otters) will be nearby (fishing, playing and teaching the babies to swim and fish). Possibility of fishing the elusive Piranha, known for nibbling the bait off the hook without the fisherman noticing it. A picnic barbecue lunch will be prepared at the camp site. Return to the lodge late afternoon. Overnight.

Day 4: Today, watch the sunrise from the top of  Heron’s Tower. Hear the sounds of the birds leaving the nests for the day and the rising sun touching the vegetation. Breakfast and departure for a hike. Lunch and transfer to the airport enjoying, once again, the beautiful road and the opportunity for last minute photos.