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Caiman Ecological Refuge

A luxury ranch operating pioneering ecotourism programs in the heart of the southern Pantanal.

Overview

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. The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland area, and Caiman Ecological Refuge presents guests with unique ways to experience the region while also indulging in luxurious accommodations.

Life at Caiman Ecological Refuge

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. 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 to watch wildlife roam the area. At the Main Lodge Complex, which is near the office, you have the option of two houses: the Old Farmer’s House or the Owner’s House. While it is possible to book single rooms in the other two lodges, the Main Lodge Complex houses are available only to groups by special request.

Excursions from Caiman Ecological Refuge Brazil

When you are not being pampered by the generous hospitality at the lodges, Caiman Ecological Refuge offers a wide range of activities designed to provide hands-on ways to experience the Pantanal. A team of two guides leads each excursion.

These “Caimaner” nature guides are bilingual in Portuguese and English and have specialized knowledge of the biome’s plants and animals. Natives and locals, referred to as “Guias de Campo,” are experts in the region’s culture. With these experienced professionals leading the way, you will have the opportunity to take an off-road safari and night drive in a modified Jeep.

You may also explore the area by water during a canoe ride in the bay. Then, take an ecological walk to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region. Besides these regularly scheduled activities, it is possible to arrange additional excursions such as jaguar safaris, horseback riding and bike rides. For an educational experience that gives back to the ecosystem, take part in a research project with a biologist to monitor the Hyacinth Macaw population.

More than a lodge

Comfortable accommodations and exciting activities are just the tips of the efforts at Caiman Ecological Refuge. Within the vast complex, three distinct initiatives live side-by-side. In addition to the lodges and ecotourism programs, the Caiman Ranch is a working cattle ranch. Continuing the Pantanal’s strong heritage of raising livestock, the ranch raises animals by grazing them in organic meadows and pastures.

The third component of Caiman Ecological Refuge is conservation. A 5.6-thousand-hectare private protected conversation area makes up 10% of the refuge. This conservation area works to protect several native species, including jaguars, Hyacinth Macaws, and Blue Fronted Parrots.

No matter the reason for your visit, the Caiman Ecological Refuge rewards guests with a deep dive into the Pantanal’s ecosystem and first-hand experience of life on a working Brazilian cattle ranch.

Itineraries & Prices

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4-Day

4 Day / 3 Night - Pantanal Experience

itinerary map

Arrival & Ecological Walk

Today is a sample itinerary. Activities take place on a scheduled basis during your stay, your schedule will depend on the day of your arrival. Please note select activities are at an additional cost and availability must be checked in advance through the central reservations office.

AM: Welcome to the Caiman Eco Lodge! Take your time to get settled in your accommodation and enjoy a delicious lunch before embarking on your afternoon excursions.

PM: Embark on a fun walk that teaches us about living in harmony with nature. Taken in many trails in the surrounding areas of the lodges, the walk in the forests allows the guests the observation of small animals and the local vegetation. It is the activity that provides the greatest contact with the environment. Reinforcing the ecological focus of its activity, the Caiman Ecological Refuge alternates the trails, minimizing the impacts upon the environment.

Caiman Ecolodge's 4-Day Pantanal Experience Day One - Ecological Walk.
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Canoe Ride & Photographic Safari

Today is a sample itinerary. Activities take place on a scheduled basis during your stay, your schedule will depend on the day of your arrival. Please note select activities are at an additional cost and availability must be checked in advance through the central reservations office.

AM: Take a chance this morning to appreciate the Pantanal while rowing in the beautiful bays. You will row in three-seat Canadian canoes to contemplate the nearby vegetation and water birds.

PM: An excursion on our vehicles on Caiman’s roads to take beautiful photos of the Pantanal’s flora and fauna, accompanied by our guides. You will be taken on specially adapted vehicles, this activity enables access to the most distant places of the farm. During the photographic safari, it is possible to observe the peculiarities and the contrasts of the vegetation, as well as a large variety of animals.

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Pantaneiro Tour, Bike Ride & Night Drive

Today is a sample itinerary. Activities take place on a scheduled basis during your stay, your schedule will depend on the day of your arrival. Please note select activities are at an additional cost and availability must be checked in advance through the central reservations office.

AM: Know the Pantanal way of life up close by participating in the daily life of the Caiman Ecological Refuge inhabitants.

PM: The Pantanal is very flat, enabling agreeable bicycle rides. On the roads or trails, the silence is the advantage of such a means of transportation. The bicycle paths and distance vary according to the group profile. After dinner, we can take you on an excursion to observe nocturnal animals’ behavior and to listen to the unique sounds of the forest at night

Caiman Ecolodge's 4-Day Pantanal Experience Day Two - Night Drive.
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Hyacinth Macaw Birdwatching Tour & Departure

Today is a sample itinerary. Activities take place on a scheduled basis during your stay, your schedule will depend on the day of your arrival. Please note select activities are at an additional cost and availability must be checked in advance through the central reservations office.

AM: The Hyacinth Macaw birdwatching tour is special for those who are interested in watching or photographing birds in the necessary rhythm to the search for the rarest and difficult species to be observed. The project team takes guests out on a day of research with biologists who monitor the birds, their offspring, eggs, and nests.

After this morning excursion feel free to enjoy a final lunch at the lodge before your scheduled departure time.

Caiman Ecolodge's 4-Day Pantanal Experience Day Two - Jeep Safari.
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Boardwalk
Baiazihna Living Room
Baiazinha Lounge
Observation Tower
Baiazinha Swimming pool
Baiazinha Dining
Cordilheira Hammocks
Cordilheira Living Room
Cordilheira Patio
Cordilheira Pool
Wildlife Boardwalk Caiman Lodge
Living Room Baiazinha Building
Baiazinha Lounge Building
Caiman Lodge Observation Tower
Swimming Pool Caiman Lodge
Special Dining Setup Caiman Lodge
Cordilheira Hammocks Area Caiman Lodge
Living Room Cordilheira Caiman Lodge
Patio Area Cordilheria Caiman Lodge
Pool Area Caiman Lodge

Suites & Cabins

Caiman Ecolodge's Baiazinha Lodge - Superior Double.

Baiazinha Lodge

Guests
2
Size
45 m² / 484 ft² (approximately, per room)
Beds
Double / Twin

Enjoy a good night's sleep in this spectacular lodge that comes with pure cotton sheets and feather pillows. Outside the lodge, guests can relax in the pool or hammocks as they take in the view. The bathrooms come with hot water and other basic amenities. This lodge accommodates 12 people, in 6 superior rooms.

Technical Information

Property Layout

Features

  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Lecture room
  • Wheelchair access
  • WIFI available
  • Kosher Meals
  • Medical staff
  • Souvenir shop
  • Mosquito netting
  • Hot showers
  • All inclusive
  • Family Room (Triple or Quadruple)
  • Charging areas for electronic equipment

Equipment

  • Diving gear
  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Bicycles
  • Flash lights
  • Water canteen/bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Poncho
  • Dry Bags/Plastic bags to protect cameras
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details