The refuge consists of three structures – Casa Caiman, The Baiazinha Lodge and The Cordilheira Lodge – which have fully independent operations. Baiazinha is 09 km away from Casa Caiman and Cordilheira is 13 km away.
“Caimaners” are nature guides specialized in the flora and fauna of the Pantanal. Besides knowing everything about the biome, they are graduates and bilingual in Portuguese and English. They accompany guests on all excursions and in all activities.
Outings are also accompanied by “Guias de Campo”, natives and locals who know everything there is to know about the nature and the culture of the region and are ready to share their knowledge.
All Caiman guides go through extensive training on the fauna, flora, geography and Pantanal culture as well as being trained in first aid.
Caiman Ecological Refuge provides comfort to its guests in order to immerse them in the lifestyle of the region and to experience all the wealth of the biome with ease. Discover the beauty and the joys of the Pantanal in the comfort that you deserve.
Casa Caiman is much more than a lodge - it is a full service retreat in the middle of our eco-reserve. We remodeled the former Main Lodge and Caiman founder’s house so that travelers can move freely and safely through a more expansive space – the area is fenced off to keep out wild animals such as jaguars, one of our many visitors.
Casa Caiman comprises two lodges offering 18 suites in total with a balcony, as follows:
Baiazinha and Cordilheira lodges can now only be booked as private villas, with a guide and a vehicle private for each group.
Baiazinha Lodge is a bird-shaped house, located on the shores of a lake, permanently flooded with crystal-clear water.
It has six standard superior rooms, situated on the wings of the bird. Its balconies, overlooking a west-facing inlet of the lake, are an irresistible haven for watching the wetland sunset.
Decorated in traditional ranch style, apartments welcome guests and pamper them with pure cotton sheets, down-filled pillows and hot showers. The bird’s body contains the living area of the lodge, which includes a dining room for 12 guests and a large and cosy living room with cable TV and DVD. Outside, a deck includes the pool, sun beds and comfortable hammocks, framed by the lake and vast Pantanal landscape.
On one side, a wooded hillside to observe local fauna throughout the day. On the other, a branch of the lake, either dry or full, depending on the season, demonstrates the flood-water cycle to visitors.
Recently renovated, Cordilheira has 5 suites, decorated in contemporary style. Each of these has a separate bedroom and living room, bathroom and balcony.
Cordilheira offers guests outstanding comfort and pampering, with pure cotton bed linen and towels, down-filled pillows and heated showers: a real treat after long walks in the natural environment of the Pantanal.
Our modified Jeeps go off road to explore areas otherwise unseen.
Excursions to observe nocturnal animals’ behavior and to listen to the unique sounds of the forest at night.
Know the Pantanal way of life up close by participating in the daily life of the Caiman Ecological Refuge inhabitants.
An excursion on our vehicles on Caiman’s roads to take beautiful photos of the Pantanal’s flora and fauna, accompanied by our guides.
Appreciate the Pantanal while rowing in the beautiful bays.
A fun walk that teaches about living in harmony with nature.
These activities require previous reservations. Check the availability before your trip.
A quiet, relaxing and easy ride with amazing views. The route and distance are up to the group.
The project team takes guests out on a day of research with biologists who monitor the birds, their offspring, eggs and nests.
The group or guests creates its own schedule of Caiman activities.
Onçafari Jaguar Safari
The conscious safari that allows the guest to meet with the largest feline of the American continent.
A unique opportunity to watch the great diversity of Pantanal birds up close.
One of the most awaited moments in this new chapter of our history is the return of horseback riding. After all, riding an authentic Criollo horse breed with a typical harness is the most memorable way to explore the Pantanal. Lasting about 3½ hours, the activity explores different landscapes – from tall grass fields to flooded areas – all accompanied by a local guide with great expertise and knowledge of all the area’s secrets. How about a picnic full of nice surprises during the ride?