Cooper City, Florida
November 7, 2006
The lodge that served as our base was the Pousada Arauna. It is a wonderful place that would rival any hotel, no less being over 200 miles form ‘civilization.’ The lodge does serve tourists who travel to the Pantanal to experience its beauty and biodiversity.
The apartments are air-conditioned each with a private bathroom. The grounds are beautiful. Animals roam in and out on a regular basis. There is a screened outside room, and open covered area with hammocks, and a swimming pool. The meals are served buffet style with several choices at every meal and plenty to eat. The Brazilian food was quite good, prepared fresh for every meal. Have you ever had piranha soup?
The Pousada is owned by UNIDERP, University for the development of the State and the Pantanal region, which has a classroom, laboratory, small library, and even a one-room museum exhibiting indigenous items. The Pousada has tours available from there on foot, by observation truck or jeep, or by horseback. All great ways to experience the plants and animals of this special environment.
The staff all live on the property and were wonderful. They quickly learned everyone’s name and tried the best to converse with you. The native language is Portuguese.Limited phone and Internet access was available.Pousada Araraunawww.ararauna.com.br Pousada Ararauna and volunteeringwww.realgap.co.uk/uploadImages/RGPantanal_Conservation_and_Research.pdf
From journal Pantanal on an Earthwatch Expedition