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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

  • Most memorable experience: "The contrast between city, wildlife and the beach."

    JB, Leicester
  • Too many highlights - standing at the base of Christ the Redeemer, canoeing in the Amazon rainforest and sitting at the Cococabana Palace beach club on Cococabana beach........A fantastic holiday…

    AL, London
  • Most Memorable Moment: Spotting 7 Jaguars in Refugio Caiman and Iguacu Falls.    I also had my photo taken with Ronaldinho  on Copacabana Beach. Ha!

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

    JM, Glasgow
  • Highlight: Visiting Iguazu Falls.

    TF, Wakefield
  • Expert help in tailoring a holiday that took in the nature of the country (the Amazon), the cities (Manaus, Rio and Salvador) and the idyllic beaches of Bahia - all…

    DA, West Norwood
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