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.
What our clients say
Our trip was most enjoyable particularly because of the wide variety of locations and experiences. Difficult to pick out the most memorable - but the Anavilhanas l Lodge was quite outstanding.PA, Bourne End
Wow, so many it's hard to choose the most memorable aspect. Sunrise on the lake in the Pantanal was just wonderful. The exhilaration of standing at the devil's throat on the Argentinian side of Iguacu falls. Having the Brazilian Iguacu trail all to ourselves at sunset, when the park was closed but we could still stroll out of our hotel and soak up the view. Seeing wild toucans at Iguacu. Having a family of capybaras living outside our hut in the Pantanal and seeing wild macaws and howler monkeys. We had a great time on the plane from Salvador to Morro de Sao Paulo - tiny but brilliant views and very exciting. We also loved our boat trip around the islands and beaches near Paraty. We took a small sailing boat which made it extremely peaceful. The boat trip at Iguacu was also fantastic but be warned you do get completely soaked. Having a hot tub in our living room at Vila dos Orixas!TH, Arsenal
Highlight: The wildlife at Mutum - tapir, caimans, anteater, capybara, massive range of birdlifeDL, London
Highlights: Sambadrome and IguacuRB, Reigate
Highlight?: Days in Olinda during Carnaval practice. Delta cruise from Parnaiba and 5 days in Jeri.JI, Orpington
Highlight: Visiting Iguazu Falls.TF, Wakefield
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