Accommodation, Pantanal and Central West

Caiman Ecological Refuge


The Caiman Ecological Refuge is located within a 53,000 hectare ranch on the banks of the Aquidauana River in Brazil’s southern Pantanal. There are two lodges – Baiazinha and Cordilheira – which operate independently of each other. Baiazinha has 6 standard rooms, whilst Cordilheira has 5 suites, all with hot water, air-conditioning, ceiling fans and balconies.

There is a daily program of activities in small groups accompanied by an experienced bilingual naturalist guide and a local farmworker. A private guide can be arranged at additional cost.

Caiman Ecological Refuge maintains a 5,600 hectare private reserve which supports a variety of research and management projects. Principal conservation projects focus on the hyacinth macaw and the jaguar.

The jaguar habituation project, Oncasafari, offers visitors the opportunity to track jaguars in an Africa-style jeep safari. During the June to September high season presentations are given by the Oncasafari scientists, and dedicated tracking programs can be arranged on either a private or shared basis.

Guests can also visit the cattle ranch which was founded in 1910 and currently has around 35,000 head of cattle.

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Baiazinha Lodge has a living room with cable TV, dining room, WiFi and swimming pool and outside deck with hammocks and sun beds. Cordilheira Lodge has a TV/DVD games room, dining room, WiFi and swimming pool.

Local Wildlife

The Pantanal has more than 650 species of birds, 80 mammals and 260 species of fish. This includes a healthy population of jaguars which are being frequently observed on dedicated excursions with Oncasafari. Other spectacular Pantanal species such as tapirs, giant anteaters, hyancith macaws, jabiru storks and rheas are also commonly seen along side hundreds of caiman and capybara. Night drives offer the possibilty of more nocturnal species such as ocelot, tamandua and crab-eating racoon.

Optional Activities

Hikes, bike rides, Canadian canoe, photographic safaris and nocturnal spotlighting.

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Brazil tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

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