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Caiman

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Caiman is a top quality first class ecolodge in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil. 

Caiman (also known as Refugio Ecologico Caiman) has always been one of the best places to stay in the Pantanal, thanks to its excellent facilities and much admired service. The prestigious reputation of this exceptional ecolodge has not waned in the 30 or so years we have been sending guests here.

Caiman sits in a vast private reserve in the beautiful Pantanal, an enormous wetland throbbing with wildlife. In addition to clouds of soaring birds from egrets to parakeets, lumbering cabybara blocking the tracks, abundant caiman dozing on the riverbanks and giant tuyuyu (stork) nesting in the flowering trees, giant anteater and howler monkey are spotted on a regular basis.

You can be a spectator to this wildlife theatre at Caiman, where guests enjoy a high standard of comfort whilst surrounded by marshes, lagoons and pastures. Customised meals, top quality guides and swimming pools to cool off in enhance your experience.

The enterprising lodge is well known for its conservation work with macaws and jaguars (up to 70 live on the estate; jaguar-tracking activities can be pre-booked there). Although sightings of jaguar are not assured, over the last decade Caiman has become one of the best places in Brazil to catch a glimpse of them. We recommend booking well in advance.

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What our clients say

  • Highlights: Sambadrome and Iguacu

    RB, Reigate
  • Most memorable experience: "Hard to say it was all wonderful. Looking for alligators in a minute boat in the dark with eyes peering at you from out of the reeds,…

    VM, Shoreham-by-Sea
  • All of it was memorable, the Hotel were the perfect choice and the guides were knowledgeable and very helpful. The Falls were breath-taking and listening to the falls and bird…

    BS, Harrow
  • Highlights?: Getting wet at Iguazu on the boat trip. Cooking in Stella's home on Flavours of Bahia tour.

    JM, Glasgow
  • Most Memorable Moment?: Trip to Mount Corcovado & Sugar Loaf but many memorable moments.

    MB, Bishop's stortford
  • Every day was special and we have many happy memories but probably the highlights were the views from the top of Sugar Loaf, getting up close to waterfalls, swimming in…

    LL, Tonbridge
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Hannah
Hannah Waterhouse Travel Expert Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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