For an untamed nature experience with a side order of smart, stylish and comfortable accommodation, the Caiman Ecological Reserve is the obvious choice. This combination of a working ranch, conservation centre and luxury wilderness retreat has been welcoming visitors to the Pantanal for more than three decades, providing the perfect base for encounters with the region's bountiful wildlife.
The BBC followed Caiman's remarkable jaguar rewilding efforts in a recent Attenborough-narrated documentary, and though spotting jaguar is certainly a draw for many visiting the lodge, even guests not opting to join the specialist Onçafari programme can enjoy some of the finest wildlife spotting in the Pantanal, exploring the region on foot, by canoe or on vehicle safaris led by Caiman's team of dedicated and passionate guides.
The refuge's three self-contained lodges are spread over kilometres of terrain, each offering a slightly different perspective on Pantanal's landscape of river and floodplain. Fully equipped with cooling swimming pools, shady hammock-strung decks and relaxed communal lounges, the well-appointed rooms and suites provide a welcoming base after a busy day of explorations in search of caimans, giant anteaters and countless tropical birds.
Wildlife and conservation enthusiasts
Couples & families
Panoramic lounge areas with media libraries
Team of expert naturalist guides who lead explorations into the Pantanal - these include wildlife walks, vehicle safaris & canoeing through the pristine wetlands
Things to do nearby
Join the Onçafari team to learn about Caiman's pioneering jaguar conservation project - and enjoy some of the best opportunities in Brazil for spotting jaguar
Embark on a riding adventure with gauchos from the working ranch
Immerse yourself in the bird life of the Pantanal, following the team dedicated to the conservation of hyacinth macaws and blue-fronted parrots
Venture into the reserve by night, on a spotlight vehicle safari in search of the nocturnal residents of the Pantanal
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