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Visit: Cuiaba - Araras Lodge - Pantanal

4 days / 3 nights
- Begins any day


 Tour Description:  The Pantanal is a sure bet for wildlife observation and bird-watching. It is the best area in South America to observe a great variety of species of Flora and fauna in a matter of hours without much of an effort. In contrast with the Amazon, where the dense rainforest limits the view, the Pantanal is a vast open area of wetlands where wildlife observation is easy. The Pantanal Wetland Discovery program offers you the opportunity to get the most out of this extraordinary region while staying at a great Lodge, The Araras Eco Lodge, located only a few hours from Cuiaba on the Transpantaneira road.

A day on the program begins with a healthy breakfast at the Lodge followed by a morning excursion. Bi-lingual Naturalist guides will lead you into areas where wildlife and birds can be found during most of the year. They will explain and teach you about the hundreds of different species of Flora and Fauna that can be seen here. Lunch will either be taken at the Lodge or a box lunch will be taken along. On day long explorations there are a variety of excursions by car, on foot, on horseback and canoe. In the evenings the guides will update you on the next days' activities and maybe an evening excursion to see nocturnal wildlife.


 Day 1 - Any day  Cuiaba - Pantanal Wetlands - Araras EcoLodge / Transfer in
- Arrive at Cuiaba / Várzea Grande airport in the morning hours or noon. Our guide will be waiting outside the luggage claim area to assist with luggage handling and to provide the transfer to the lodge (NOTE: Passengers already in Cuiaba will be picked up at their hotel to join on the transfer).

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PM - Travel by air conditioned van to the Pantanal lowlands. En route our guide will give a short update on the route to follow to the lodge. As soon as we leave the main track and we enter the Transpantaneira Road we will be able to observe and appreciate the local flora and fauna of the Pantanal. A welcome drink will be served upon arrival at Araras Eco Lodge. After checking into our rooms the Lodge director will give a short briefing on the facilities and the program to follow over the next few days. Late in the afternoon we will leave for a sunset observation trek through the surrounding area. Be amazed by the colors of sun night setting over the wetlands.

- Return to the lodge for refreshments just before dinner, served in the dining room. After enjoying our meal we will leave the lodge by jeep for a night tour to observe the nocturnal environment. Overnight at the lodge.

 Day 2  Araras EcoLodge - Pantanal Wetlands / Sightseeing
- Coffee and tea will be ready to serve when we wake up. Enjoy the quietness of the surroundings only interrupted by the sounds of local birds and the animals of the Pantanal. The kitchen crew will prepare a healthy breakfast before our guide will take us on a full day tour by jeep into the wetlands. Frequent stops will be made to observe the many species of flora and fauna that can be seen from the road. Keep cameras handy as surprises may pop up anywhere along the way. You will be amazed by the variety of animals and birds of this particular ecosystem. The guide will make a stop for a trek through the forest and explain about the area.

PM - Box lunch will be served at a setting in a local farm. After a well deserved meal and a few minutes of rest we choose our horse and explore the area on horseback. There is no better way to experience the sights and sounds of the wetlands than by horse. With the help of our knowledgeable guide we will get to learn and understand the local environment and appreciate these moments. We return to the lodge late in the afternoon. Relax and enjoy the facilities of the lodge.

EVE - Dinner at the lodge. The evening can be enjoyed at leisure. You may want to get together with fellow travelers and guides or just retire to your room and settle down for the night.
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 Day 3  Araras EcoLodge - Pantanal Wetlands / Sightseeing
- You may want to get up early and appreciate sunrise in the Pantanal. Some of your best pictures will be taken at this time when darkness makes place for daylight and birds, mammals and reptiles get ready for another day. Plenty of fruit is available at all times in the dining room where breakfast will be served. We will board the truck or jeep for an exploration on the Pantanal raised dirt roads including the Transpantaneira Park Road. Whenever needed, our guide will stop the truck to describe the features of the area or the animals in sight.

PM - Picnic lunch will be served en route. Later, our guide will stop at a lake from where we continue our trip by canoe. Here we will be able to spot aquatic wildlife, birds and flora while paddling along. In the lake we will be able to catch the legendary Piranha and the guide may arrange for some fishing before returning to the lodge.

EVE - Enjoy dinner with new found friends and spend the last evening at the lodge at leisure.
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 Day 4  Araras EcoLodge - Pantanal Wetlands - Cuiaba / Transfer out
- After breakfast we leave the lodge for a photo safari along the Transpantaneira Park Road and return to Cuiaba. The guide will either drop us at the airport or at a local hotel.


* IMPORTANT NOTE: The itinerary, as shown, is subject to change without prior notice. Certain circumstances, such as: changing weather conditions, safety concerns and in general any reason or situation beyond our control may force local tour operators and / or their guides to alter any part of this itinerary for the wellbeing and in the best interest of travelers. Changes will only be made if they are absolutely necessary. Our goal is to provide clients with a safe environment and programs that exceed their expectations.

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