The Pantanal is the largest continuous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary; with the exception of the Galapagos Islands, no other destination can compete with hits biodiversity, containing elements of the Amazon Forest, the Caatinga, the Brazilian Savannah, the Atlantic Rainforest and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes 698 birds species, 80 mammals, 260 fish species and 50 reptiles. Located amidst all this is the one and only Araras Eco Lodge. Built in harmony with the environment and with authentic yet highly comfortable accommodations, the lodge is reachable all year-round by car via the Transpantaneira Park Road, 82 miles south of Cuiabá. Even the arrival is exciting, as your journey is not just a transfer but rather a 2.5 hour photo safari. While at the lodge, with its enviably preserved surroundings, enjoy first-class bird-watching, trekking in pristine forests, canoeing, horseback riding, truck photo-safaris, night tours, two exciting tree top look outs with 12 and 25 m high and much more, all under the assistance of expert bilingual naturalist guides. From May to October, embark on a jaguar spotting tour and experience first-hand the thrill of the illusive jaguar. The lodge is rustic yet wholly updated, offering 19 comfortable air conditioned rooms, windows with mosquito netting, ceiling fan and private bathrooms (cold and hot shower). Guests also enjoy excellent regional food, bar, swimming pool with covered deck, large verandas with hammocks.