Araras Eco Lodge

Pantanal, Brazil

At a Glance

  • Take the chance to stay at the heart of the largest continuous wetland in the world

  • The charming owners will welcome you into their rural home, taking great care of you and helping you get a feel for the local cultures and traditions

  • See an amazing array of wildlife in an area with a fantastic biodiversity, including 698 bird species

  • Relax by the pool after a day of exploring

  • Don't stir from your room for a chance to see the intriguing wildlife, including capybaras which roam near to the lodge

  • Best season for Jaguars is from July to end of October

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The Pantanal has two distinct seasons, dry and wet. During the wet season (November-April) guests will find the region in bloom, with lush vegetation and flowers, however the rains can make some areas tricky to reach, it is very hot and humid and some lodges do close at this time. We feel the best time to visit is during the dry season (May - October), which is the peak season for viewing wildlife, when rare species of birds and other animals seek shelter along the riverbanks and can be observed more easily.

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Built in harmony with the environment without renouncing comfort, the Araras Eco Lodge is set in the preserved surroundings of the northern Pantanal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the hyacinth macaw.

The Pantanal is the largest contiguous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO,and is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of approximately 150,000km² and located in the centre of the continent, the Pantanal is a biogeographic mixing bowl containing elements of the Amazon Forest, the Caatinga, the Brazilian Savannah, the Atlantic Rainforest and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes: 698 bird species, 80 mammals, 260 fish species and 50 reptiles.

The lodge has been built in sync with its surroundings, yet has not gone without modern comforts to ensure your wildlife adventure is not totally without some luxury. The lodge is built in the regional rustic style with the environment in mind, and has a beautiful deck where you can enjoy fresh fruit for breakfast looking over splendid views. The food is an exciting combination of fresh fish and meats from the Pantanal, along with organic salads and seasonal vegetables.

The lodge has a strong environmental focus, with various eco programmes on the go including water saving initiations and working toward reforesting large areas. The surrounding environment is at the heart of the lodge's functioning; they will educate you on local culture and the means by which they hope to preserve the fantastic wildlife there.

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Araras Eco Lodge has 19 rooms, all equipped with air-conditioning, fans and are all en-suite.


Children are welcome at the lodge, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities or interconnecting rooms.


The lodge has a good size swimming pool, hammocks in the garden and a reading room for when you need to retreat in from the heat.


Activities include bird-watching, trekking in pristine forest, canoeing, Horseback Riding, 4x4 safaris, night tours and much more, all under the assistance of expert bilingual naturalist guides.


  • Jaguar Express to Porto Jofre

    Enjoy a full day river safari from Araras Eco-Lodge to Porto Jofre in the northern Pantanal, in search of the enigmatic jaguar or “Phantera Onca”, South America’s largest predator. The Jaguar Express is available in the dry season from July to November.

  • Pantanal by Canadian Canoe

    Take a relaxing canoe ride to discover the surrounding riverside forest and find your own silent paradise! Silently glide along the river banks for your best chance to see wildlife along the way. Even do some Piranha fishing!

  • Pantanal Horesback Riding Adventure

    Take a Horseback tour and acquaint yourself with the Pantanal in the most traditional way, exploring the open-grassland and forest. Get a different vantage point on horseback as you discover this fascinating and unique landscape.

  • Trail Trekking at Araras Eco Lodge

    Get in close contact with nature on the vast network of trails surrounding Araras Eco lodge. See the fascinating flora and fauna from a raised boardwalk platform and the 3 canopy towers which give you a great vantage point offering panoramic views.

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Location & directions

Pantanal, Brazil

Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge (latitude: South 16º30'42, 4 "and longitude: West 56º42'39, 4") is located in the North Pantanal, the main wildlife sanctuary in the South American continent.

How to get there

132 km south of Cuiabá, capital of Mato Grosso, the lodge offers daily transfers from Cuiabá.

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