Araras Eco Lodge is a small lodge built sensitively to the local environment. Here you can explore the wildlife, scenery and culture of the Pantanal on foot, on horseback, by canoe or safari vehicle. Expert bilingual guides help you make the most of your stay.
The 19 air-conditioned, en-suite rooms have wide verandas with comfy chairs and hammocks. There is a restaurant and a bar, and a good sized swimming pool with an adjoining covered deck for meals. The food here is good home-cooked fare with much of the produce coming from the small organic farm.
This region has some 80 species of mammals, 50 reptiles, 260 fish and almost 700 species of birds. The hyacinth macaw, with its striking vibrant colouring is often seen and is the symbol of the lodge. There are several walking and trekking trails, one of which leads to a 25 metre high observation tower, from which the vast size of the Pantanal plain can be seen. This is also a great place for close viewing of howler monkeys, as these have taken to sheltering beneath the viewing platform on the tower. Canoeing is an excellent way to explore the rivers, riverbanks and backwaters, while horse riding enables guests to enjoy the grasslands, floodplains and forests.
Araras Eco Lodge has excellent eco credentials. It is working to reforest large areas with the Acuri palm, the main food source for the hyacinth macaw, as well as distributing nesting boxes and, as a result the macaw population is increasing significantly. They are also involved in a monitoring giant river otters. The lodge also works to support the local culture - music, folklore and handicrafts.
Open: All year.
Location: The lodge is located in the northern Pantanal. It can be reached by car via the Transpantaneira Park Road, approximately 2.5 hours from Cuiaba.
Rooms: There are 19 guest chalets with en-suite showers. Rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans. They are simply furnished but comfortable. There are hammock outside each chalet
Activities: Bird watching, forest walks, canoeing, horse riding, vehicle safaris and night tours. There are two tree top lookouts, one at 12 metres and the other at 25 metres. The lodge supplies expert bilingual naturalist guides.
Facilities: There is a restaurant, room service and soft drinks, beer and wine is available from reception. The lodge has a swimming pool. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Malaria prophylactics are recommended for the Pantanal.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the reception area. Mobile reception is poor.
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Araras is serious about conservation and environmental protection!. They help fund projects on hyacinth macaws, their energy and water saving initiatives are something to behold, and they also back culture and communities. Your stay here really benefits the region, as well as you!.
"The lodge was in a good location and the room was fine and the swimming pool was useful in the heat of the day. Our guide at the lodge at times was very good but seemed to lose interest quickly. I was surprised that activities started at 7.30 when the best viewing time for wildlife was coming to an end. The lodge seemed to be unbending in its approach to activities. We had no say in what we did, which was annoying one day when we were initially told we were going out in the boats for the day and this was replaced by a vehicle safari which ended at 10.00 after starting at 7.30, little wildlife was seen. generally surprised how little wildlife we found at this lodge."