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Our Latin America specialist Grant tells us why his heart lies in Brazil, a country defined by its natural beauty, exotic wildlife, spectacular landscapes and legendary beach hot spots. Brazil is simply made for travel and has something to offer even the most discerning traveller.
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The Pantanal, Brazil
Best for: Specialist, Wildlife
Araras Ecolodge is a wonderful wildlife lodge in Brazil’s astonishing Pantanal wetlands. Easily reached from Cuiaba, Araras Ecolodge offers simple home comforts and superb cooking, as well as access to South America’s greatest concentration of wildlife.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
The Pantanal is one of the last great wildernesses, and the largest continuous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, since it is the South American primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of 240,000 sq km located in the centre of the Soth American continent, the Pantanal is a bio-geographic mixing bowl, containing elements of the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforests, the Brazilian Savannah and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes 698 species of birds, 80 mammals, 177 reptiles, 40 amphibians and over 250 fish species.
Located in the northern Pantanal around two and a half hours from the regional capital Cuiaba, Araras Eco-lodge is set on a private natural reserve at almost 3000 hectares wide, offering 21 km of trails, 3 observation towers, rivers and streams and an amazing variety of fauna and flora.
Araras is a great place to experience the incredible wildlife of the wetlands. In keeping with its surroundings, the lodge has been built in a simple rustic style but has modern amenities so that your Pantanal adventure is comfortable. Araras comprises 19 rooms in total (mostly twin but some with double beds), and while quite basic rooms do have air conditioning, ceiling fans, screened windows and en-suite bathrooms with a hot water shower.
The atmosphere is homely and friendly, and the service extremely obliging. Lots of the delicious food you will be offered here (vegetables, meat, cheese) is locally produced, and includes fresh fish and meats from the Pantanal, along with organic salads and seasonal vegetables. Breakfasts can be enjoyed on a beautiful deck over looking splendid views. Araras also has a swimming pool (a big plus when the mercury can approach forty), a covered deck and large verandahs strung with hammocks, perfect for relaxing or swatting up on your birds. The lodge also has a strong environmental focus, with various ecological initiatives in place including reforestation and water-saving projects and outreach projects that will educate you on the unique Pantaneiro culture and wildlife.
Access into the wetlands is offered through a superb variety of environmentally sustainable activities, rich in adventure and excitement including horse-riding, jeep photo safaris and canoeing. There are also two treetop observation towers from which to view the surrounding landscape, which is stunning at dawn and dusk, and raised boardwalks into the wetlands are ideal for wildlife spotting. The Pantanal is a bio-geographic mixing bowl containing elements of Amazonian and Atlantic rainforest, cerrado grassland, caatinga and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes 260 fish species, 80 mammals and around 700 bird species. The estate is also a protected area for the critically endangered hyacinth macaw, one of the Pantanal’s most iconic birds, and local numbers have risen from 27 to 42 in the last six years. We recommend a stay of at least three nights at this excellent lodge to fully enjoy the varied programme of guided activities.
When to go
Two well-defined seasons: one dry (July to November) and one rainy (December to June). At the beginning of the rainy season the water is quickly absorbed, but later on the soil gradually becomes waterlogged. Plant-covered ponds, pools and baías start forming and new watercourses of widely varying sizes are formed.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Iguazu Falls, Rio, Paraty, Amazon, Pantanal, Brasilia, Pipa
Discover Brazil on this 3-week itinerary taking you to the country's best bits. You'll visit all the highlights plus a few gems thrown in for good measure, taking in crashing waterfalls, charming towns, beautiful beaches and the incredible wildlife of the Pantanal and Amazon rainforest.
Iguazu, Amazon, Pantanal, Rio de Janeiro
Discover Brazil's iconic wildlife on this epic safari-style adventure, observing jaguars, monkeys, macaws and everything in between. Taking you to some of the world's most bio-diverse areas, including the Amazon Rainforest and the Pantanal, this trip is the perfect fit for nature and animal lovers of all ages.
Southern Pantanal, Northern Pantanal & Iguazu
An incredible safari through Brazil's Pantanal, taking in both the southern and northern parts of this vast and diverse wetlands region which is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including jaguar, caiman, capybara, anteaters, monkeys and hundreds of species of bird.