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Araras Eco Lodge

A Pantanal lodge with a charm synonymous with safari lodges
PantanalBrazil Holidays· 22 Rooms · £££

One of the Pantanal's premier lodges

Araras Eco Lodge in the North Pantanal embodies a harmonious fusion of modern comfort and the rustic charm synonymous with safari lodges

Location: Nestled approximately 135km southeast of Cuiabá, Araras Eco Lodge offers a tranquil retreat with a transfer time of around 3 hours. The scenic journey to the lodge passes through the historic town of Poconé, an 18th-century gold mining settlement. Beyond Poconé, the final 33km unfolds along the renowned Transpantaneira, a picturesque dirt road that sets the stage for the natural wonders that await.

Lodge: Araras Eco Lodge in the North Pantanal stands out as one of the region's premier lodges, offering 22 expansive suites. Embodying a harmonious fusion of modern comfort and the rustic charm synonymous with safari lodges, each suite is a testament to the art of blending with nature. Guests can indulge in contemporary amenities, including split air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and modern bathrooms with invigorating hot water showers.

Each suite has its own private veranda, thoughtfully appointed with comfortable armchairs and inviting hammocks. This personal outdoor space provides a serene retreat where guests can unwind, taking in the natural beauty that surrounds Araras Eco Lodge. With a commitment to both luxury and immersion in the Pantanal's unique environment, each suite is a haven of tranquillity, promising an unforgettable stay amid the captivating landscapes of the North Pantanal.

Indulge in sumptuous buffet-style meals in either the inviting ambiance of the lodge's restaurant or beneath the sheltering palm-thatched cabanas surrounding the equally enticing pool area—an oasis in its own right. Enhancing the experience, several suspended wooden pathways fan out from the lodge, leading to three observation towers, the tallest of which soars to an impressive height of 25 metres. These observation towers serve as the perfect vantage points, offering a unique perspective for spotting wildlife or simply reveling in the breathtaking panoramic views that stretch across the expansive Pantanal landscape.

Activities: Enjoy safari-style excursions led by Araras Eco Lodge's highly experienced and knowledgeable guides, who possess intimate familiarity with the Pantanal's wildlife. Notably, the lodge extends a unique offering with specialised birding packages, allowing enthusiasts to delve into the rich diversity of bird species in the region.

While not exclusive to Araras, it's worth highlighting the optional full-day Jaguar spotting excursion at Porto Jofre—an exhilarating river tour by motorboat within the Meeting of the Waters Conservation Area. This private or shared excursion, exclusively available during the low-water season from June to November, promises an unforgettable experience with sightings virtually guaranteed, adding an extra layer of excitement to this extraordinary adventure.

Sustainability: Araras Eco Lodge has pioneered sustainable tourism development in the Pantanal since 1976. Exemplifying their dedication is the Hyacinth Macaw Conservation Project, a flagship initiative that has played a pivotal role in tripling the local population of this iconic species. This project reflects the lodge's unwavering commitment to preserving the biodiversity of the Pantanal. Additionally, Araras Eco Lodge spearheads the Giant Otter Conservation Project, contributing to the protection of these majestic creatures and their habitat.

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January is a fantastic month to visit Brazil as it marks the peak of the summer season. The weather is hot and sunny, perfect for enjoying the stunning beaches and vibrant coastal cities like Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. It is also a great time to experience the famous Carnival, with its colourful parades, lively music, and exuberant street parties.



February is still a popular month to visit Brazil due to the continuation of the summer season. The weather remains warm, and you can indulge in various outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and exploring the Amazon rainforest. Additionally, February offers the opportunity to witness smaller-scale Carnival celebrations in different regions of the country, showcasing unique local traditions and customs.



March signals the end of summer in Brazil, but the pleasant weather lingers, making it an ideal time to explore the country. The temperatures start to cool down slightly, making it more comfortable for outdoor adventures. March also brings festivals like Lollapalooza Brazil, attracting music enthusiasts from around the world. It's a great month to visit popular destinations like São Paulo, Brasília, and the stunning Iguazu Falls.



April in Brazil offers a delightful transition between summer and autumn. The weather remains pleasant, with mild temperatures and lower humidity, making it an excellent time for outdoor exploration. It's an ideal month to visit the Pantanal wetlands, where you can observe diverse wildlife, including jaguars and caimans. April also marks the beginning of the surfing season in northeastern Brazil, with destinations like Florianopolis and Itacaré attracting surfers from around the globe.



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June in Brazil is a month filled with festivities and cultural celebrations. The most prominent event is the Festa Junina, a traditional festival that honours Saint John. During this time, you can immerse yourself in lively street parties, traditional dances, and delicious local delicacies. June is also an excellent month for nature enthusiasts to visit the Pantanal, as the dry season begins, making wildlife sightings more abundant.



In July, Brazil reaches the peak of winter, providing a pleasant climate across the country. This makes it an ideal month for exploring the historic towns of Minas Gerais, known for their charming colonial architecture and vibrant cultural heritage. Additionally, July is a fantastic time to visit the stunning beaches of Northeast Brazil, including popular destinations like Jericoacoara and Fernando de Noronha. Here, you can bask in warm waters, soak up the sun, and be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes that these coastal paradises have to offer.



August is an ideal month to explore popular tourist spots in Brazil, as the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller. Cities like Salvador and Recife are known for their lively music scenes and vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture, offering numerous chances to indulge in local rhythms. Additionally, this month provides a fantastic opportunity to discover the breathtaking wonders of the Amazon rainforest. The comfortable weather during August allows for enjoyable trekking and wildlife observation, creating an unforgettable experience in the heart of nature.



September welcomes the arrival of spring, transforming the country with blooming flowers and rejuvenated landscapes. As the weather becomes warmer, it's the perfect time to visit the stunning beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis, where you can soak up the sun, surf the waves, and embrace the vibrant coastal culture



October in Brazil brings pleasant temperatures and a decrease in tourist crowds, making it an ideal month for outdoor activities. One must-visit destination during this time is the iconic Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The water levels are typically high, allowing visitors to witness the falls in their full splendour, with the thundering cascades creating a breathtaking spectacle.



As November arrives in Brazil, it brings the beginning of summer, with rising temperatures and ample sunshine. This makes it an excellent time to visit the renowned beaches of Brazil. Whether you're looking to indulge in exciting water sports, sunbathe on golden sands, or simply unwind amidst the coastal beauty, these beach destinations offer an idyllic retreat.



Moreover, December presents excellent opportunities for diving and snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago renowned for its stunning marine life and pristine beaches. Alternatively, nature lovers can explore the landscapes of the Pantanal, a vast wetland ecosystem teeming with diverse wildlife, before the onset of the rainy season.


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