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Caiman Ecological Refuge

Caiman Ecological Refuge is a 53,000-hectare ranch located in the heart of the southern Pantanal region of Brazil, one of the world’s most important wetlands, hosting one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the Americas.

Pantanal, Brazil
Caiman Ecological Refuge
  • One of the most accessible of the southern Pantanal lodges - 4 hours by road

  • Great option for families as the two lodges Baiazinha and Cordilheira have their own swimming pools

  • Accommodation is a notch up here and the guests rooms are spacious and have more frills

  • Wildlife spotting on your doorstep

Caiman Ecological Refuge combines conservation with eco-tourism and a working cattle ranch. Located in the southern region of the Pantanal, Caiman consists of a two independent lodges offering a similar level of comfort - all have swimming pools, air-conditioned rooms and private bathrooms.

Caiman Ecological Refuge has a great little restaurant with menus inspired by Pantanal recipes using only local ingredients such as freshwater fish, meats and fruits of the Cerrada. Twice a week the lodge offers guests a traditional barbecue and oreada, a special local meat dried over night which is held in high regard by the local people and very tasty indeed.

The Pantanal is home to the most spectacular array of wildlife including 300 species of birds, anteaters, armadillo, caiman and monkeys. The topography is very flat which makes it much easier to view wildlife than in the confines of the Amazon jungle. It has a diverse landscape of savanna lowlands, seasonal wetlands and rich forest areas. Resident naturalist guides accompany guests on fascinating excursions in specially adapted vehicles, on foot and by canoe.

Please note that Caiman is also available for exclusive hire.

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Opt for a private guide and vehicle for the duration of your stay for complete flexibility. This will enable you to choose how long you are on safari for and tailor your wildlife viewing to suit your wishes. An excellent option for families and keen photographers but I would recommend this to anyone

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Baiazinha Lodge Room

Baiazinha Lodge Room

Caiman Ecological Refuge's six Standard Superior Rooms can be found in Baiazinha Lodge, one of the property's two Pousada buildings. Standard rooms are rustic and comfortable each with a private balcony, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and private ensuite bathrooms. The shared spaces of Baiazinha Lodge include a dining room, cozy living room with tv and dvd equipment, telephone, hammocks and a beautiful pool with lounge chairs.

1 people
1 bedroom
Cordilheira Lodge Suite
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Cordilheira Lodge Suite

Cordilheira has 5 suites, decorated in contemporary style. Each of these has a separate bedroom and living room, bathroom and balcony. Cordilheira offers guests outstanding comfort and pampering, with pure cotton bed linen and towels, down-filled pillows and heated showers: a real treat after long walks in the natural environment of the Pantanal.

10 people
1 bedroom


Pantanal, Brazil

Caiman Ecological Refuge is located in the Southern Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul, on a 53 thousand hectare ranch, 236 km from Campo Grande, the state capital.

From Campo Grande International Airport its a 4-hour drive to the Lodge or a 50-minute flight by small aircraft.


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