Complete your experience in the Pantanal with a visit to Araras EcoLodge. Three nights of a variety of activities, including hikes, horse-back riding, jeep safaris, night safaris, and boating, will truly enhance your understanding of the ecology and wildlife, in particular the birds, of this biodiverse region. Visit canopy towers, canoe on gentle rivers, encounter some of the most colorful and interesting wildlife the region has to offer and spend some time with the pantaneiros, or local cowboys.
2017 Pricing: Double Occupancy $1,598; Single Occupancy $2,248.
2018 Pricing: Double Occupancy $1,598; Single Occupancy $2,148.
Depart Home City / Cuiaba
Depart your home city on independent overnight flights to Cuiaba. You are met upon arrival and transfered to your hotem for the night, Hotel Deville Prime Cuiaba.
Travel along the Transpantaneira Highway to Araras EcoLodge. Here you will enjoy three days of activites designed to give you the best interaction with the local wildlife and culture.
Soak-up the Pantanal’s “wild west” culture on a horseback ride or walk through the pastures, woods and wetlands surrounding this private reserve. The morning air is sure to be filled with the lively calls of yellow-collared and hyacinth macaws, parrots and the other birdlife that crowds the skies. An afternoon hike is ideal for observing this environment up-close. Learn about Araras’ many important conservation projects, including the protection and reintroduction of hyacinth macaws. In an effort to protect the species Araras has distributed many artificial nests and continues to plant manduvis, the indigenous tree where more than 90% of macaws nest. In 1993 there were 27 hyacinth macaws living in the area. Today there are more than 70 of them. This mark was reached through nest monitoring, inhibiting the capture of chicks for commercial purposes, and educating the locals regarding a more protective attitude towards the fauna. Enjoy a guided night game drive with our expert naturalist guides. With luck, the night may reveal tapir, crab-eating fox, ocelot and other wild cats.
Visit Tuitui and Howler Monkey towers to have a bird’s eye view of the area and perhaps a visit from the boisterous and animated species from which the tower gets its name. Howler monkeys are frequent visitors to the towers. Awake to the morning calls of macaws and set off for the Clarinho River. As you canoe and walk along river trails, search for night monkey, dusky titi monkey, capybara, giant river otters and plentiful birdlife. Araras EcoLodge is helping to prevent deforestation along the Clarinho River and protecting the endangered giant river otters by stopping the use of motorboats and purchasing land along the river to create a private reserve. Meets at Ronco do Bugio for a traditional barbecue and chance to meet the pantaniero cowboys. Return to the Araras EcoLodge, where we spend tonight around the fire singing local favorites. (B,L,D Daily)
Araras EcoLodge / Porto Jofre
Enoy another wildlife activity this morning before lunch. Meet the main group as they make their way from Cuiaba to Porto Jofre for the start of the main program. (B,L)