Caiman Ecological Refuge


An unprecedented Pantanal adventure from a base of comfort and natural peace.

To experience the Southern Pantanal to the fullest, a stay at this unique refuge is a must. Deep in the wetlands, you’ll find unexpected luxury and unforgettable adventures into a vast wilderness.

An array of guided activities will bring you as close to the action as possible. Paddle between giant lily pads on a canoe safari or head out at night and explore a completely different world. Birdwatching in the region won’t disappoint and guides will take you to all the most impressive spots for unique sightings. A caiman tour is another popular excursion.  Witnessing these giant reptiles in their natural environment will live long in the memory.

The Oncafari Jaguar Project gives you an opportunity to catch a glimpse of South America’s biggest cat. While sightings aren’t guaranteed, making a difference is. Help set camera traps and track the animals’ movements across the surrounding area.

The refuge offers a choice of various lodges spread across the Pantanal. If you’re priorities are comfort and charm, the Cordilheira Lodge is ideal. A contemporary style, swimming pool and sun deck will help you relax after a busy day. The Baiazinha Lodge is more traditional, but still supplies an inviting pool and hammocks for lounging in the sun. With views over the lake, you’ll struggle to find a more peaceful spot.

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This remarkable refuge sits in the heart of the Southern Pantanal in Mato Grosso do Sul. It’s four hours from Campo Grande Airport but it also offers an airstrip for private charter flights.

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