Xaraés lodge is situated in one of the most beautiful geographic regions of the Pantanal, 340 Kms. from Campo Grande. It is about a 5-6 hour drive to the Lodge. The road itself is in a natural reserve, so transfers in and out are like a tour.The owners have a nice philosophy and a very kind staff. The guides are all biology or ecology students and are knowledgeable about the flora and fauna.
The lodge's 17 apartments are distributed among three buildings and has the capacity to receive 46 guests in its facilities which include an all purpose multimedia event room, dining room, sitting room with fire place, games area and bar, Kiosk for barbecues and a wood-fired stove, mini-gym, dry sauna, ecological swimming pool (no chemicals used), children's pool, poli-sport court, football pitch, beach volleyball area, lassoing track, Etc.
All the apartments have private bathrooms with hot water, air conditioning system, Electricity with 110v outlets , frigo bar and telephone, with rustic decoration and a welcoming atmosphere.
The restaurant´s dining room overlooks the gardens and the nesting birds can be heard all day. It is equipped with fans and air conditioning and decorated in the rustic style that is characteristic for the whole guest-house. Delicious food, typical of the Pantanal, is served in a buffet system while being kept hot on a wood fired stove.
The sitting room has the same rustic style as the rest of the lodge, it is surrounded by the garden, and has various areas for chatting, reading, table games, snooker, television and bar, where you can sample delicious drinks served there. On the bar's veranda, a few meters from the river, there is also the swimming pool.
Year round trained bilingual naturalist guides lead daily wildlife viewing excursions. Activities may vary depending on the season, but typically each day includes two daytime activities and one nighttime activity. Activities include the following:
Hikes - We offer a number of different hikes to observe the fauna and flora of the Pantanal. Each of these hikes can be done during the day, whilst two hikes are also available at night.
Canoe tours - Paddling on the nearby Abobral River is an excellent way to experience the sights and sounds of the Pantanal, with frequent views of Giant Otters fishing in the river, Capybaras on the shoreline and monkeys in river edge trees. Birds commonly seen on our outings include the tallest flying bird in the New World (the Jabiru Stork) as well as a large number of other species of water birds, hawks, and kingfishers.
Horseback riding offers one of the best ways to explore the Pantanal, as you can reach spots not accessible by car.
4 x 4 safaris - Open-backed 4 x 4 vehicles enable exploration of the further reaches of the ranch to search for large mammals and birds.
Night spotting excursions reveal the phenomenal nocturnal animals of the Pantanal. Outings often include one or more of the following: thousands of caimans with their eyes glowing orange in the beams of our flashlights, Capybaras and Giant Anteaters.
"We got back from Brazil a few days ago. The Pantanal was spectacular. Xaraes is a beautiful ranch and it was an outstanding experience. Thank you for your assistance in making the arrangements. Thank you very much once again for helping us to have such a wonderful experience. I will absolutely recommend your services and the lodge to interested travelers."Richard
"We loved the pousada: very comfortable and beautiful. And the food was fantastic. Absolutely delicious, and even for a vegetarian there were a variety of very well-prepared dishes. Marcello, our primary guide, was amazing. Really knowledgeable about the wildlife, very well organized, and going out his of way to accommodate what we liked to do/see." -- jeet
"We had a great experience in Pantanal, everything worked out perfectly... Drivers on time, the lodge was very nice, and the staff really helpful and friendly. It's a very pretty place, we'll keep good memories..." Urs
2017 Prices per person in US$:
Prices include roundtrip airport transfers with Portugese-speaking driver, all meals (but not drinks), excursions with English-speaking tour guide, taxes.
1 child up to 3 years old, lodging with 2 paying pax, is free of charge; 1 chd from 4 or 5 years old pays US$ 19 per night + transfers .Children 6-11 pay for transfers and 50% of lodge cost.
Check in or out not allowed between 9pm - 630am.
Check –in: after 2 p.m h Check-out: before 2 p.m (lunch included).
from approximately 01 Nov to 01 May, the lodge can not be reached by land, so it is mandatory to include the transfer by boat across the Abobral river (1h30 duration), round trip, price p/person: $55 for 1 person, $42 each for 2-3 people, $37 each for 4-6 people.
English-speaking guide for transfers available at extra cost.