Caiman Lodge is the ecotourism pioneer of Brazil’s Southern Pantanal. Situated within the Caiman Ecological Refuge, this remote property consists of two independent boutique lodges and an array of highly personalized wildlife encounters in one of the world’s most important and bio-diverse wetlands. Part conservation project, part cattle farm, and part ecotourism lodge, Caiman Lodge brings visitors as close as possible to Pantanal’s nature and culture, from the hyacinth macaw to the elusive jaguar.
Caiman Lodge comprises only 11 rooms divided between two independent pousadas, Cordilheira Lodge and Baiazinha Lodge. Each offers the same level of comfort, as well as their own swimming pools, air conditioning, private en-suite bathrooms, Brazilian furniture and artwork, and dining rooms. Both are available for exclusive-use bookings for large groups and families, and both promise a wealth of wildlife spotting right on their doorsteps.
Recently renovated, Cordilheira Lodge hosts just five double suites, each harmoniously integrated into the Pantanal nature. Built with bricks and mounted on stilts, its location within the Cordilheira forest promises a constantly changing tapestry of flora and fauna beyond its doors. Each bedroom features its own living room, en-suite bathroom, and balcony, while the central social area encapsulates a cozy living room and dining room. Outside, a large television and games room and a greenery-enclosed swimming pool serve as a welcome reprieve in between jungle excursions.
Built on stilts on the shores of a crystal clear lake, Baiazinha Lodge is a magically cozy retreat overlooking a west-facing inlet. It is structured like a bird, with each of its six rooms occupying the wings of the bird and boasting irresistible balcony views of the wetland sunsets. While the apartments are little havens of comfort with their cotton sheets, down pillows, and hot showers, the central living area of the lodge consists of a relaxing living room with television and dining room for 12. Outside, the deck hosts a pool and multiple hammocks, all framed by the lake and vast Pantanal landscape.
The cuisine at Caiman Lodge is inspired by authentic Pantanal recipes and consists of rich, local ingredients such as freshwater fish and fine meats and fruits of the Cerrado. Breakfasts are feasts of homemade breads and cheeses accompanied by made-to-order eggs and local fruit juices, and dinners are constantly changing four-course celebrations paired with wine vintages from Argentina, Chile, and Italy. Twice a week, Caiman Lodge offers traditional Pantanal barbecues and oreada (meat specially dried in the cool night), which is best shared with the lodge’s colorful cowboys. Around the campfire and under the starry skies, one of them may even begin pointing out the constellations and planets that are so easily visible here.
Activities at Caiman Lodge promote direct contact with the unique Pantanal ecosystem, the largest wetland plain on the planet and a designated UNESCO World Natural Heritage and World Biosphere Reserve. Its unique location and topography hosts a lush, mega-diverse biome sheltering the largest concentration of wildlife in the Americas, including 650 species of birds, 400 species of fish, and 80 species of mammals, many on the verge of extinction. Guests of Caiman Lodge enjoy three daily activities, such as photographic safaris in custom vehicles, Canadian canoe trips, nocturnal spotlighting, Jeep safari, and nature walks, each led by local Caimaners and expert naturalists. Days begin very early in the morning to take full advantage of the daylight for wildlife observation and conclude with afternoon and evening excursions for cooling sunsets and nocturnal interactions.
In addition to ecotourism, Caiman Lodge is also involved with environmental research and conservation projects, including the Onçafari Jaguar Project, the Hyacinth Macaw Project, the Blue-Fronted Parrot Project, and the Private Reserve of Natural Patrimony (RPPN). Guests have a unique opportunity to workshop with these projects, as well as immerse themselves in the cattle ranching soul of Pantanal, a rich regional culture blending Portuguese, indigenous, and Paraguayan customs.Request Information