Enjoy breakfast and head to the Pantanal! (approximately 4 hour drive) The Pantanal area of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul States is the largest continuous wetland in the world. It has an area of 140,000 square kilometers of floodplain in Brazil, and it also spreads through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. It was formed between two and five million years ago as a large sedimentary basin, and now it’s an isolated flatland surrounded by several mountainous areas. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Pantanal has diverse aquatic animal life; hundreds of different fish guarantee a rich bird population (more than 600 species live in the area). There is also a huge population of reptiles and mammals such as: caimans, capybaras, monkeys, jaguars, armadillos, coatis and anteaters. The Pantanal has four dramatically different seasons: the flood season (January to March); the post-rain season, known as “Vazante,” when the water level recedes (April to June); the dry season (July to October); and the early rainy season, known as "Enchente," when the water levels begin rising (November to December).
Arrive at Araras Lodge in time for lunch. Araras Eco Lodge offers a homely atmosphere so you'll feel right at home during your stay. Enjoy a little down time before heading out on an introductory walking tour. You'll learn about the surroundings and environment. Activites for the next day could include hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, sunrise walk, and jeep touring.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Araras Lodge