PANTANAL: Araras Lodge 03 nights (AL 3.1)


The Pantanal, a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is one of the world’s remaining great wilderness and the largest continuous floodplain of the planet. It is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary covering a total of 240,000 km² / 149,129 mi² at the center of the continent. The Pantanal is a biogeography mixing bowl, containing elements of the Amazonian and Atlantic rainforests, the Brazilian Savanna and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity is the home of 698 bird species, 100 mammals, 177 reptiles, 40 amphibians and over 250 fish species.


Meeting and greeting at the airport. Departure to the Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge. Transfer is divided in two stages: the first, on a paved road for 100 km / 62.13 mi to Poconé, along farms and through the Brazilian savanna. After a short stop in Poconé, we start the second stage of the transfer entering at Km 0 of the Transpantaneira Park Road (dirt road) built on a level higher than the floodplain. The road has more than 127 wooden bridges, fording fields, bays and grazing lands. The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge is at km 32 / 19.88 mi. and the transfer is meant to be a photo-safari for the many species of animals and birds found along its length. The vehicle will make several stops for photos. Arrival at the Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge. Greeting, welcome drink and accommodation. Late afternoon hike within the surroundings of the Lodge, reaching the Mirante da Garça - a 12m / 39.5 ft. high observation tower - for an unique view of the sunset. After dinner, a star gazing trek, to hear the sounds of the Pantanal. Overnight. (D)


DAY 2 PANTANAL (Horse ride and hike)

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 horse ride through the grazing fields, woods and flood lands. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, join a hike to a different area of the reservation, allowing you to watch and learn about this ecosystem. Overnight.  (B, L, D)


altDAY 3 PANTANAL (canoeing and photo-safari)

After breakfast, departure to Clarinho River.  Here take a canoe and explore the river banks, mangroves and forest. With some luck, you can spot a family of ariranhas (giant otters) fishing, playing and teaching the babies to swim and fish. Chance to fish the elusive Piranha, known for nibbling the bait off the hook without the fisherman noticing. Lambaris, another species of fresh water fish are an easy catch and are delicious when barbecued. A picnic barbecue lunch will be prepared at the camp site. Return to the lodge at the end of the afternoon. Overnight. (B, L, D)



The day begins with a very early start to see the sunrise from the top of Mirante da Garça  (Heron’s Tower). Listen to 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 Cuiabá airport enjoying, once again, the beautiful road and the opportunity for last minute photos. (B, L)

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Haras Bafo da Onça - Cavalo Pantaneiro
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