ARARAS ECO LODGE Araras Lodge is likely the best spot for exploring the Pantanal. The location by the Transpantaneira is excellent, and lodge owner Andre von Thuronyi has done extensive work to improve the local wildlife habitat. With only 19 rooms the lodge is pleasantly small and rustic. No fancy rooms or amenities; each guest room comes with a private bathroom and a hammock on the veranda.
The guides that Araras works with are top quality, eather university trained or with many years of experience with the local animals and birdlife. Unlike other lodges where guests are lumped into one big group. Activities include hikes along a rustic boardwalk trough the flooded fields to the lodge`s lookout tower. One afternoon as we watched the sun set over the Pantanal, a group of five hyacinth macaws flew fight over us, attracted by our guide who sounded a credible macaw call. Other excursions include boat or canoe trips on small local river known for large hawks and giant river otters (we saw both). On drives along Transpantaneira, even in a 3-hour span, you will loose track of the number of birds you will see. Fortunately the guide always seems to remember their names. Horse lovers will be in heaven riding trough the flooded fields. The food is delicious and plentiful, often including excellent local fish. Araras Eco Lodge offers a pacage deal with a 3- night stay at the lodge and a 1-night stay in the Chapada dos Guiamaraes for some good kihing and swimming. Transpantaneira Hwy. Reservation office: Av. Governador Ponce de Arruda 670, Varzea Grande, MT. Tel: 605/3682-280. Fax; 065/362-1260. www.araraslodge.com.br 19 units (shower only). RS 1500 – 1800 (USD …………….) per person for a 3 or 4 day pacage with all meals and guided activities . Extra person add about 25%. Children 10 and under stay free in the parent`s room. AE. DC,MC, V. Amenities: Restaurant, Bar, outdoor pool, laundry. In room: A/C, no phone.