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Araras Eco Lodge

A private reserve in Brazil's Pantanal with three observation towers and a farm-to-table experience.

Overview

Designed in harmony with its surroundings, the self-sustaining Araras Eco Lodge has 19 suites and up to 30 staff members dedicated to helping you make a lifetime of memories in the Pantanal region. The lodge, located south of the Mato Grosso state capital of Cuiabá, is ideal for birdwatching, photo safaris, and canoeing adventures.

Life At Araras Eco Lodge Brazil

Araras Eco Lodge is full of charm, thanks to a modern take on rustic décor. Farm-to-table meals are sure to be a highlight of your stay at Araras Eco Lodge. Greet the day with breakfast on the pool-side covered patio while listening to morning bird sounds. The full-board plan even includes afternoon tea for a pick-me-up between activities.

Lunch and dinner are served in the lodge’s restaurant and feature regional recipes made from honey, milk, yogurt, and cheese made on the lodge’s farm. Even the beef, lamb, and buffalo served on the restaurant’s buffet is raised on site. After dinner, slip outside with a glass of wine from the climatized cellar or a local craft beer with tangerine and cilantro flavors and watch the sunset over the Pantanal.

Of course, you will also want to spend some time napping in a hammock. Be sure not to miss the three observation towers, which you can climb with a guide’s company. The tallest tower is 82-feet tall and offers unparalleled views of the area.

Excursions From Araras Eco Lodge Pantanal

Though the laid-back atmosphere of Araras Eco Lodge Pantanal invites you to relax, you will also want to engage in every naturist-led activity offered. During your time at the lodge, take advantage of daily hikes along 13 miles of trails. To explore hard-to-access areas, take a ride on a beautiful, docile Pantaneiro horse.

You may also meet river otters, caimans, and rare Agami herons in their natural environments on a canoe trip in a two-seat boat. A photo safari in an open-air vehicle offers the chance to see anteaters, tapirs, and foxes. During your stay at the nearly 7,500-acre private reserve surrounding the lodge, a spontaneous wildlife encounter is just around the corner.

The bilingual guides will provide you with a list of birds and animals that call the area home, so you can identify everything you see. No matter which activities you opt for, group sizes are kept to a maximum of eight people to provide a personalized guest experience and to limit the impact on the ecosystem.

Designed For Conservation

Araras Eco Lodge is surrounded by five distinct microsystems, including riparian forest, humid areas, flooded fields, acuri palm forest, and dry forest. The lodge’s team feels a responsibility to protect these sensitive areas and has designed every aspect of the physical buildings and programs with this in mind. Several buildings at the lodge feature thatched straw roofs for an eco-friendly way to preserve the traditional building style. The lodge also utilizes solar power, low-pollution equipment, reclaimed wood décor, and separates recyclables.

The Araras Eco Lodge team, most of whom are locals who have always called the Pantanal home, create a welcoming community for travelers. During your time at the lodge, you will meet people, form friendships, and return home with a newfound love for this remote corner of the world.

Itineraries & Prices

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4-Day
4-Day
5-Day
5-Day

4 Day / 3 Night - Horseback Riding

itinerary map

Arrival & Night Walk

PM: Arrive at Cuiabá airport or be picked up from your hotel, ready for your transfer to the Pantanal lowlands. While crossing the area, it is possible to spot and appreciate the local flora & fauna. After check-in, enjoy your welcome drink and settle into your accommodation. 

After afternoon’s tea, you will be guided into an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge to know our concepts and many conservation projects, continuing to the Great Egret Lookout, a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower. After dinner, we embark on a night walk to observe the Southern Hemisphere sky and listen to the sounds of the night. 

Araras Eco Lodge's 4-Day Horseback Riding Stay Day One - Jungle Viewpoint.
Location
Cuiabá - Araras Eco Lodge
Day
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Exploring the Plain & Canoeing

AM: Early breakfast. Settle your horse and ride through 9 km of pure Pantanal, headed to the margins of the Clarinho river. Here you will be served a traditional cowboy lunch. 

PM: Follow up by taking a well-deserved siesta in a hammock, followed by an exploration of the river by canoe. Afterwards, return to Sentinela Camp, settle your horse and restart the ride for another 3km until the “Bafo da Onça” Camp. Prepare for overnight in this rustic camp, outside in untamed nature. Dinner tonight will be held outdoors at a gorgeous campfire. Overnight in hammocks with mosquito netting. 

Araras Eco Lodge's 4-Day Horseback Riding Stay Day Two - Pantaneiro Horses.
Location
Araras Eco Lodge - Pantanal
Day
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Surroundings of Camping

AM: We begin today with a very early breakfast. Settle your horse for further exploration of the fields and bays of this area, going by the trails daily used by the Pantaneiro men for work. Keep your eyes sharp for the surprises of Pantanal. 

PM: We head back to Bafo da Onça for lunch and in the afternoon return to Araras Eco Lodge. Take the rest of the day to enjoy at your leisure before your final delicious dinner at the lodge.

Araras Eco Lodge's 4-Day Horseback Riding Stay Day Three - Horse riding.
Location
Pantanal - Araras Eco Lodge
Day
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Departure

AM: Sunrise walk to witness the awakening of the Pantanal. Departure after breakfast or after lunch depending on your flight.

The order of the activities may be modified according to the program at the lodge and weather or terrain conditions. The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge team commitment is for full enjoyment of the Pantanal Flood Plains, making it an unforgettable stay.

Araras Eco Lodge's 4-Day Horseback Riding Stay Day Four - Bird life.
Location
Araras Eco Lodge - Cuiabá
Day
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4 Day / 3 Night - Pantanal

itinerary map

Arrival & Photo Safari

PM: Meeting and greeting at Cuiaba airport. After a briefing on your trip, your transfer begins... It is divided into two stages; The first is a journey on a paved road along with farms and cattle ranches. After reaching Poconé we take the Transpantaneira Park Road. This is a park road at its best, allowing us to drive above the water level, watching the flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem – a photo safari along 146 km of dirt road with several stops along the way for photos and information.

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and settle into your accommodation. Later, the guide will lead you into an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge, explaining our concepts and many conservation projects. Continue to the Great Egret Lookout, a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower. After dinner, night walk under the Southern Hemisphere sky.

Araras Eco Lodge's 4-Day Pantanal Stay Day One - Jungle Walk.
Location
Cuiabá - Araras Eco Lodge
Day
1 / 4

Canoeing & Trekking

AM: 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 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. 

PM: 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. 

Araras Eco Lodge's 4-Day Pantanal Stay Day Two - Howler Monkey.
Location
Pantanal
Day
2 / 4

Horseback Riding & Trekking

AM: 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 is 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. 

PM: 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. 

Araras Eco Lodge's 4-Day Pantanal Stay Day Three - Jungle Trails.
Location
Araras Eco Lodge
Day
3 / 4

Departure

AM: Sunrise walk to witness the awakening of the Pantanal. Departure after breakfast or after lunch depending on your flight.

The order of the activities may be modified according to the program at the lodge and weather or terrain conditions. The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge team commitment is for full enjoyment of the Pantanal Flood Plains, making it an unforgettable stay.

Araras Eco Lodge's 4-Day Pantanal Stay Day Four - Black Belly Wissling Ducks.
Location
Araras Eco Lodge - Cuiabá
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

5 Day / 4 Night - Pantanal

itinerary map

Arrival & Photo Safari

PM: Meeting and greeting at Cuiaba airport. After a briefing on your trip, your transfer begins... It is divided into two stages; The first is a journey on a paved road along with farms and cattle ranches. After reaching Poconé we take the Transpantaneira Park Road. This is a park road at its best, allowing us to drive above the water level, watching the flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem – a photo safari along 146 km of dirt road with several stops along the way for photos and information.

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and settle into your accommodation. Later, the guide will lead you into an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge, explaining our concepts and many conservation projects. Continue to the Great Egret Lookout, a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower. After dinner, night walk under the Southern Hemisphere sky.

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Pantanal Stay Day One - Black Collared Hawk Sighting.
Location
Cuiabá - Araras Eco Lodge
Day
1 / 5

Canoeing & Trekking

AM: 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 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. 

PM: 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. 

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Pantanal Stay Day Two - Jabiru Stork Tower.
Location
Pantanal
Day
2 / 5

Horseback Riding & Trekking

AM: 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 is 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. 

PM: 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. 

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Pantanal Stay Day Three - Pantaneiro Horses.
Location
Araras Eco Lodge
Day
3 / 5

Photo Safari & Trekking

AM: In the morning after breakfast, get to know a different area of Araras Private Natural Reserve, by trekking the Ronco trail. 

PM: After lunch, join a 2-3 hour photo safari towards the South of the lodge, on a safari open truck, in search of the fauna along the Transpantaneira Park Road. After dinner, feel free to sit with your guide and check a list of the wild animals you have met!

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Pantanal Stay Day Four - Truck Safari Experience.
Location
Araras Eco Lodge
Day
4 / 5

Departure

AM: Sunrise walk to witness the awakening of the Pantanal. Departure after breakfast or after lunch depending on your flight.

The order of the activities may be modified according to the program at the lodge and weather or terrain conditions. The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge team commitment is for full enjoyment of the Pantanal Flood Plains, making it an unforgettable stay.

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Pantanal Stay Day Five - Marsh Deer.
Location
Araras Eco Lodge - Cuiabá
Day
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1 / 5

5 Day / 4 Night - Jaguar Express

itinerary map

Arrival & Photo Safari

PM: Meeting and greeting at Cuiaba airport. After a briefing on your trip, your transfer begins... It is divided into two stages; The first is a journey on a paved road along with farms and cattle ranches. After reaching Poconé we take the Transpantaneira Park Road. This is a park road at its best, allowing us to drive above the water level, watching the flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem – a photo safari along 146 km of dirt road with several stops along the way for photos and information.

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and settle into your accommodation. Later, the guide will lead you into an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge, explaining our concepts and many conservation projects. Continue to the Great Egret Lookout, a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower. After dinner, night walk under the Southern Hemisphere sky.

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Jaguar Express Stay Day One -  Giant Otter family sighting.
Location
Cuiabá - Araras Eco Lodge
Day
1 / 5

Canoeing & Trekking

AM: 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 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. 

PM: 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. 

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Jaguar Express Stay Day Two -  Canoeing excursion.
Location
Pantanal
Day
2 / 5

Horseback Riding & Trekking

AM: 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 is 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. 

PM: 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. 

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Jaguar Express Stay Day Three -  Hyacinth Macaw Sighting.
Location
Araras Eco Lodge
Day
3 / 5

Jaguar Express Day Safari

AM: After breakfast, we depart towards Cuiabá River at the end of Transpantaneira. This scenic journey stretches over 115km, taking approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

Join one of our boats for a 6-hour safari looking for the elusive and admired Jaguar. We will be exploring the Cuiabá river, Piquiri, three brothers riverbanks, bays and channels.

PM: Our lunch will be a lunchbox with fruits and sandwiches prepared by the lodge cuisine, in order not to miss a unique chance of meeting this magnificent predator. We return to the Jofre region in the early evening, to board our safari vehicle back to the lodge, arriving for dinner. 

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Jaguar Express Stay Day Four -  Jaguar Sighting.
Location
Pantanal
Day
4 / 5

Departure

AM: Sunrise walk to witness the awakening of the Pantanal. Departure after breakfast or after lunch depending on your flight.

The order of the activities may be modified according to the program at the lodge and weather or terrain conditions. The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge team commitment is for full enjoyment of the Pantanal Flood Plains, making it an unforgettable stay.

Araras Eco Lodge's 5-Day Jaguar Express Stay Day Five -  Sunset.
Location
Araras Eco Lodge - Cuiabá
Day
5 / 5
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Breakfast
Outdoor Lounge
Dining Room
Entrance
Fire Pit
Horseback Riding
Luau
Observation Tower
Pool
Riverside
Trail Network
Breakfast on a table
Sitting area
Large dining room
Tree with a sign
Fire pit
Horse riders
Guitar player and a girl
People standing on the top of large tower
Pool aerial view
Bench by the river
Walkways in the forest

Suites & Cabins

Araras Eco Lodge's Standard Room - Twin.

Standard Room

Guests
2
Size
18 m² / 194 ft² (approximately)
Beds
Double / Twin

These warm and comfortable rooms are furnished in a rustic style, and they feature private bathrooms that come with hot and cold running water. To ensure guest comfort, these rooms come with screened windows and ceiling fans.

Araras Eco Lodge's Family Room.

Family Room

Guests
4
Size
18 m² / 194 ft² (approximately)
Beds
Double + Singles

All family cabins come with hammocks and comfy seating on the verandah, where guests can relax as they enjoy the fantastic scenery. The warm and comfortable cabins feature an ensuite bathroom with solar energy showers.

Technical Information

Property Layout

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Lecture room
  • Wheelchair access
  • WIFI available
  • Children's playroom
  • Solar Energy
  • Souvenir shop
  • Mosquito netting
  • Hot showers
  • Family Room (Triple or Quadruple)
  • Charging areas for electronic equipment

Equipment

  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Yoga mats
  • Flash lights
  • Rubber boots
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details