PANTANAL: Araras Lodge 02 nights (AL 2.1)
The Pantanal (Portuguese for Floodplain / Swamp), is the world’s largest continuous floodplain (actually an alluvial plain), situated in the center of South America, shared by Brazil, Bolívia and Paraguay and covering approximately 168,000 km2 / 60,000 mi². This is a wilderness sanctuary for the amazing number of birds, reptiles and other animals and a delight to wildlife lovers and photographers. The unpaved Transpantaneira Park Road was built on a higher level allowing all year access to vehicles. Its 147 km / 90 mi. links Poconé to Porto Jofre, crossing 126 narrow and small wooden bridges crossing rivers, creeks and the floodplain, taking one deep into the Pantanal ecosystem. Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge is located at km 32 / 19.88 mi of Transpantaneira Park Road.
DAY 1 CUIABÁ / PANTANAL
Arrival at Cuiabá / Várzea Grande airport or pick-up at the hotel in Cuiabá. Transfer to Pantanal driving the scenic Transpantaneira Park Road. While crossing the area, it is possible to spot lovely sights of the local flora & fauna. Arrival at Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge, welcome drink and accommodation. Late afternoon hike within the surroundings of the lodge, reaching the Mirante da Garça, a 12 m / 39.5 ft. high observation tower for an unequalled view of the sunset. After dinner, a star gazing trek, listening to the sounds of the Pantanal. Overnight. (D)
DAY 2 PANTANAL (safari drive and canoeing)
After breakfast take one of the Lodge’s private dirt roads to Sentinela Camp on the edge of Rio Clarinho. Join a canoe tour, learning about the countless number of fish, birds, flora and the aquatic wildlife; piranha fishing is possible. Picnic lunch at the river bank, a delicious Brazilian barbecue. Return to the lodge and enjoy the sunset from the 25 m / 82 ft. high Howler Monkey’s Tower. Dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 PANTANAL / CUIABÁ
Early morning hike to see and feel the awakening of nature. Breakfast by the swimming pool. Check-out and photo safari transfer to Cuiabá - do not pack your camera. Drop-off at the airport or at the city hotel. (B)