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Caiman Ecological Refuge

Located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and the southern portion of the Pantanal region, Caiman Ecological Refuge is a massive 53,000-hectare complex.

Caiman Ecological Refuge has one of the best wildlife viewing locations in the South Pantanal. The area is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles and offers you the best chance of seeing jaguars in the wild. A well-respected jaguar conservation project is also based here and you will get the chance to see their work from up-close.

With 18 delightful suites, Casa Caiman has recently been completely renovated and offers different spaces for rest and leisure.

Lodge Details

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Situated on a cattle farm of approximately 53,000 hectares, adjacent to a 17,300 acre private ecological reserve.

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Accommodation & Facilities

Caiman Ecological Refuge is home to 29 rooms in three unique lodges, 18 of which can be booked individually. The gorgeous Baiazinha Lodge and Cordilheira Lodge operate solely as private villas and are available only to groups by special request. The lodges, which are entirely independent of each other, are scattered across the refuge. This distance provides guests privacy and a greater sense of integration into nature. At the cozy Baiazinha Lodge, relax on your balcony or in a hammock next to the pool. Whichever you choose, you can soak in the views of a crystal-clear bay. At the contemporary Cordilheira Lodge, take a dip in the pool while enjoying the views of the green mountain range, or climb the observation deck to watch wildlife roam the area. At the Main Lodge Complex, which is near the office, you have the option of a room in one of two houses: the Old Farmer’s House or the Owner’s House.

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Activities include photographic safaris in specially adapted vehicles, guided walks, canoeing and night safaris. All activities are accompanied by bilingual Caimaners, expert naturalist guides on the Pantanal fauna and flora. Excursions are escorted by Field Guides, who are locally-born residents with a deep knowledge and understanding of the area’s nature and culture.