Refugio Ecologico Caiman

Location: The Pantanal | Brazil

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

For an unforgettable safari, the Refugio Ecologico Caiman is offering something totally different. Sitting right beside the wildlife-throbbing wetlands of Brazil’s Pantanal, a stay at the two exclusive lodges is like having your own luxurious holiday home. From here you’ll take to the water on canoe as the passionate naturalist guides introduce you to this exotic wilderness.
Perfect forLovers of wildlife, groups of friends and families, riders, and safari-philes who want to explore somewhere different.
In the knowIf you want a real cow-boy experience, book a cattle-driving lesson back at the ranch.

Recommended for...

  • Eco-tourism
  • Family-friendly
  • Lodge
  • Private Groups

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The Refugio Ecologico Caiman is in the Southern Pantanal, a 4 hour drive from Campo Grande.

Rooms at the Caiman Ecological Refuge

Spread out on the huge plot of land are Caiman Lodge, Cordilheira Lodge, and Baiazinha Lodge. These can be booked exclusively for groups, whilst couples can book out the spacious suites. Inside you’ll find airy beamed ceilings and wonderfully wild details, but it’s the private decks and pools that make them so special. Overlooking the vast wetland, accompanied by all its chirrups and chirps, you’d struggle to find a more captivating place to sunbathe!

Food & Drink

Almost as exciting as the unique surroundings are the deliciously-fresh, locally-sourced ingredients used in the food, including homemade breads, beautifully exotic fruits like pequi and soursop, and, the chef’s speciality, fresh piranha soup! Whatever your taste, there is something for everyone at this authentic, South American, safari hideaway.


Whether you’re swooping down on the Refugio Ecologico Caiman's private landing strip, or shimmying up the stilted bird-hide, everything here is designed to plunge you into your unique surroundings. 

Activities at the Caiman Ecological Refuge

Because there are just three lodges here, you’re guaranteed a unique and personalised Pantanal safari. During the day, you can glide into the dark waters in a dug-out canoe (perhaps doing a spot of piranha fishing on the way) as the guides talk you through the myriad of wildlife. Look out for anaconda, giant ant-eaters, and the lodge’s namesake: the crocodilian Caiman. The real adventure, though, begins at night when you’ll go ‘spotlighting’ for the elusive jaguar.

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