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One of the Finest Ecotourism Resorts in the Pantanal

The Caiman Ecological Refuge (Refugio Ecologico Caiman) is one of the finest ecotourism resorts in the Pantanal and is located in the town of Miranda, on the edge of the Southern Pantanal in Mato Grosso do Sul, 236kms from Campo Grande. It combines a working cattle ranch, with conservation and tourism. These three functions blend together to give you a chance to enjoy the fantastic wildlife viewing and amazing scenery in addition to learning about many species and the Pantaneiro cattle culture.

Refugio Caiman has accommodation in 2 small lodges, Cordilheira and Baiazinha sprawled across the vast working ranch, where cattle live harmoniously with more exotic wild species. Service and facilities are good in both. Recently renovated, Cordilheira has 5 double suites, decorated in contemporary style. Cordilheira offers guests outstanding comfort as well as social areas and a pool on a deck.

Baiazinha Lodge is a bird-shaped house 22kms from Cordilheira, located on the shores of a lake, permanently flooded with crystal-clear water. It has six standard rooms, situated on the wings of the bird. Its balconies, overlooking a west-facing inlet of the lake, are an irresistible haven for watching the wetland sunset. Decorated in traditional ranch style, and complete with pool and hammocks.

At both lodges the knowledgeable English speaking guides will take you out to explore the area and abundance of wildlife by canoe, bike, on horseback or by truck.

Caiman Lodge is the home of Project Onçafari, a world first Jaguar conservation and habituation programme. You can learn more about the project and Caiman's jaguar excursions here.


  • Wildlife haven
  • Working cattle ranch
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Fine Food

In Our Opinion

"Combines luxurious accommodation with a wildlife heaven. One of the finest places from which to explore the Pantanal"

If you would like to begin creating your perfect Brazilian wildlife holiday, Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Travel Specialists on 020 8546 6222.

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