Built with an emphasis on comfort and harmony with the environment, the Araras Eco Lodge is located 132 km (82 mi) southwest of Cuiabá, the capital of the state of Mato Grosso. Reachable year-round, the lodge is nestled in the ecologically diverse and impeccably preserved Pantanal region. Guests at the lodge will have the opportunity to participate in first-class bird watching, trekking in pristine forests, canoeing, and horseback riding. There are also guided photo-safaris, sunrise and sunset hikes, and stunning views from tree-top lookout points. All activities are conducted with the assistance of expert bilingual naturalist guides. The lodge, built in regional rustic style, includes leisure facilities such as a swimming pool and a large veranda with cozy hammocks. Guests can also unwind with a drink at the lodge’s bar and enjoy excellent local cuisine featuring Pantanal meat and fish, organic salads, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. When not participating in activities, guests can retreat to the comfortable and tastefully decorated guestrooms. The lodge offers just 19 rooms, all featuring air conditioning, a ceiling fan, screened windows, and a private bathroom with hot water. Packages at the Araras Lodge include lodging, meals, nature activities, and English/Portuguese speaking naturalist guides (French, Spanish, and German speaking guides available upon request). There are also special interest tours for birdwatchers, photographers, botanists, and those interested in adventure activities such as horseback riding and camping (available upon request).