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Caiman Ecological Refuge

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On this Brazil tour, visit Caiman Ecological Refuge, a pioneering ecological destination and a treasure of the Southern Pantanal. During your stay, immerse yourself in the lush, tropical vegetation of this important region, and become acquainted with the array of wildlife that call the refuge 'home.' Caiman provides the utmost in comfort in the midst of a truly pristine and uniquely Brazilian landscape. This is a great Brazil trip for wildlife viewing in the Pantanal.
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  • Rise early and search for rare and endangered wildlife
  • Trek along a myriad of trails observing the native vegetation
  • Hike to Paizinho's Bridge and get up close to the spectacled caiman
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Day 1: Arrive in the Pantanal

Upon arrival in Campo Grande, meet up with your shuttle and transfer four hours to the Caiman Ecological Refuge. The Refuge is located on a 53,000 hectare ranch in Southern Panatal, the world's largest tropical wetland. This unique environment is known worldwide for its incredible biodiversity, housing the largest concentration of wildlife in the Americas. The Refuge provides habitat for 80 species of mammals, 400 species of fish, and over 650 species of birds, many of which are threatened with extinction. It is dedicated to environmental research and constitutes a home base for a number of conservation projects. Settle in and familiarize yourself with your accommodations and the lovely grounds before enjoying a typical Panatal ranch dinner prepared expertly at the Caiman Lodge.

Day 2-3: Explore Caiman Ecological Refuge

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Because the refuge's wildlife is generally more active in the early morning, a typical day at Caiman begins with an early breakfast and morning tour. After this, return to the lodge for lunch and leisure time, which takes you through the hottest part of the day. In the afternoon, embark on another excursion and enjoy beautiful dusk in the Panatal. Return in the evening to relax and dine once again at the renowned Caiman Lodge.

Regularly available, guided activities include:

- Walking tours: Traverse the lattice of trails surrounding the lodges, observing various species of small animals, birds, and native vegetation
- Caiman tour: Hike to Paizinho's Bridge and get up close and personal with the legendary spectacled caiman
- Photographic Safari: Access the further reaches of the ranch via adapted vehicles, taking in the changes in vegetation along the way and spotting a myriad of creatures
- Canoe trip: Float along the river in Canadian canoes, admiring the sunset and observing wildlife along the lively shoreline
- Nocturnal Spotlighting: Embark on an evening tour designed for spotting nocturnal animals

Additional activities that can be scheduled during your stay for an additional fee include:

- Bike tour: Explore the roads and trails of the Pantanal, gaining a new perspective on the area
- Birdwatching tour: Search through the refuge with a knowledgeable birder, looking for rare and elusive species seldom seen outside Caiman

Day 4: Depart Caiman

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy your last breakfast at the lodge before disembarking Caiman for Campo Grande and the next leg of your Brazilian adventure.


Caiman Ecological Refuge

Baiazinha swimming pool
Baiazinha - External Area
Photographic Safari

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Please note that transfers are an additional cost that are paid in advance of the trip. Contact us for ground and air transfer options.

Departures during high season between June and September start Thursdays (three nights) and Sundays (four nights). Package can start any day of the week during low season.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Caiman Ecological Refuge Environmental Fee 
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival Transfer - Please add $875 total (rate for vehicle) for roundtrip transfers. Contact us for private flight transfers.


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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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