• Caiman Ecologilcal Refuge
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  • Cordiheira suite at Caiman Ecological Refuge
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Caiman Ecological Refuge

2 lodges on a 53,000 hectare ranch and private reserve in the southern Pantanal.

  • Private reserve with few visitors
  • Chance to join the Jaguar Research Team 
  • Air conditioned, en-suite accommodation
  • Watch day-to-day ranching operations
  • 2 lodges each with a swimming pool  

The Caiman Ecological Refuge is set on a 53,000 hectare active cattle ranch and combines cattle breeding, ecotourism and nature conservation. There are 2 lodges which function independently of each other, with their own restaurants, pools, guides and vehicles and which are set 22kms apart. Baiazinha lodge has 6 rooms and Cordilheira has 5 suites.

This is a private reserve so you'll not encounter any other tourists here. While here you'll explore the reserve with your guide and will have the chance to get involved in ongoing conservation programmes. You can learn about jaguars from the research team, as well as hearing about their ongoing work, followed by an excursion after dark to search for these often elusive creatures. You also have the opportunity to spend a whole day with the jaguar habituation team to witness their work for yourself. These jaguar expeiences are offered at an extra cost. 

The cattle ranch, originally called Miranda Estancia, was founded in 1920 by English investors and now has some 35,000 head of cattle grazing on the natural pastureland, successfully co-existing with the local wildlife. As a guest on the ranch you'll be welcome to view the farming operation at first hand.

The lodge and ranch provide employment for many locals and about 180 people live on the reserve, with access to education and medical care. All staff are trained in the refuge's social and environmental programme, which is at the core of the reserve.  

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Client Rating for Brazil 5/5 from 54 reviews

Beautiful setting, food very good and staff excellent. Shame some of our fellow guests were rude Brits with unreasonable expectations but hey, I guess you can’t do anything about that!

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Caiman Ecological Refuge

Caiman Ecologilcal Refuge

2 lodges on a 53,000 hectare ranch and private reserve in the southern Pantanal.

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