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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

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

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The Refugio Ecologico Caiman has two self contained lodges: The Cordihera and Biazihna. They are located 22km apart on a 53 thousand square hectare private reserve.


The Cordilhera has 5 spacious suites. Each suite consists of a bedroom and living room. Giving you ample space to relax after a long day exploring the Brazilian Pantanal. The lodge is located on the edge of a Cordilheira forest. Head out on to your suite’s balcony and catch sight of some of the hundreds of exotic species that the call the refuge their home. The total capacity of the lodge is 10 people.


The Biazhina meanwhile, has 6 standard double superior rooms and a total capacity of 12 people. The building is shaped like a bird, with its wings outstretched. The lodge is located on the banks of a clear water lake. It is cosy and its decorations are in keeping with the traditional Pantanal ranch style. 

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