World Journeys | Wildlife of the Pantanal

The Pantanal is the largest continuous wetland on the planet, containing elements of the Amazon forest, the Caatinga, the Brazilian Savannah, the Atlantic Rainforest and the Paraguayan Chaco. Unlike the dense foliage found in the Amazon, the open marshes of the Pantanal make it ideal for wildlife observation – from jaguars to jabiru storks – there is immense variety. Set amidst this is the Araras Ecolodge, a perfect base from which to explore this remarkable area.

Araras Ecolodge is a comfortable, self-sustained property built in the traditional ‘pantaneiro’ farm style with 19 ensuite rooms each with hot and cold shower, screened windows, ceiling fan and air-conditioning. Meals are prepared with organic products from the local area. The lodge set on a 2760 ha private reserve has a bar, swimming pool, free wi-fi area, large verandahs with hammocks and three exciting observation towers.

  • Summary


    5 Days / 4 Nights from NZD $3,020*



    Type of Journey

    Wildlife, Active


    • The Pantanal wetland • Wildlife • Ecolodge

  • Departure Dates

    Daily, year-round
  • What's Included

    Tour Includes

    • Tailor-made journey
    • 4-nights’ accommodation
    • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners
    • Meet & Greet at Cuiaba Marechal Rondon International Airport
    • Shared transfers as per the itinerary
    • Shared activites as per the itinerary
    • English-speaking naturalist guides
    • Environmental fee

    Not Included


  • Pricing

    Description Twin

    2 Jan – 31 Mar
    1 Apr – 30 Jun; 1 – 30 Nov
    1 Jul – 31 Oct



    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply. Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Cuiaba

    You will be met on arrival at Cuiaba airport for a shared transfer to Pantanal lowlands with wildlife viewing en route. After checking into the lodge take a late afternoon hike to a 12-metre high observation tower to enjoy a spectacular view of sunset. After dinner, there will be a night walk to search for nocturnal animals and insects.

    Day 2: Pantanal

    After breakfast, join your guide on a three hour photo-safari in an especially adapted open vehicle. To spot fauna and a wide selection of birdlife.   Later travel by canoe to spot aquatic wildlife, birds, flora and also take the opportunity for some piranha fishing. During the dry season there is the possibility to lunch close to the river; during the wet season the lunch is at the lodge. After lunch, hike to 25-metre high Howler Monkey Tower for sunset. Dinner and overnight

    Day 3: Pantanal

    Hike the Rondon trail this morning to the 12-metre high Tuiuiu Tower for more wildlife spotting and bird watching. After lunch take to horseback, one of the most traditional ways of becoming acquainted with Pantanal allowing the chance to explore areas of difficult access. Return for the dinner followed by a lecture or slide presentation.

    Day 4: Pantanal

    After the breakfast, take a photo-safari along the Transpantaneira Road returning to Araras Lodge for lunch. Later, hike the Ronco Trail.

    Day 5: Depart Cuiaba

    Sunrise hike before breakfast and your transfer to Cuiabá Airport.

  • Booking Conditions

    • Please enquire for cross-season pricing
    • Surcharges apply over Easter/Holy Week
    • Araras Lodge is closed anually for a month from December to January
    • Please enquire to add-on the Jaguar Express Day Trip from June to November
    • Please also enquire should you wish to extend your time at Pantanal’s Araras Lodge


HLO Ref# 20097
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