Caiman is a remarkable eco-lodge located in the world’s largest tropical wetland – the Pantanal region of Brazil. Nestled within a private ranch of approx. 53 thousands hectares, this fabulous retreat offers an authentic and immersive experience for nature enthusiasts.
To get there you fly to Campo Grande (usually from São Paulo) and then have a 3-4 hour drive to the lodge. There is a private aircraft that belongs to the property that can be requested at additional cost.
Staying at Caiman gives you the chance to immerse yourself in some of the planet’s most breathtaking scenery. The main lodge occupies a magical corner of the Pantanal overlooking the lake and an immense area of nature. Between activities, you can read a book lying on the hammocks scattered around the garden, have a drink by the pool, or relax on the terrace cushions. Whilst at night reminisce over the day’s adventures in the outdoor area around the fire pit, enjoying the starry sky above and listening to the hubbub of the nightly Pantanal sounds.
Those who prefer, can also rest in your room. The suites occupy the structure of a century-old ranch, restored and renovated to offer fabulous comfort. All rooms feature rustic luxury, cozy aesthetics and are equipped with most modern amenities.
You certainly won’t go hungry at Caiman, as dinning is a delightful experience, highlighting regional flavours and ingredients. The lodge’s restaurant serves dishes inspired by local culinary traditions, including fresh fish, farm-to-table produce, and wonderful desserts. Why not savour a traditional caipirinhas (a popular Brazilian cocktail) or a glass of wine or an original beer, while enjoying the serene ambiance of the lodge. You might need to loosen your belt a little when you leave….
The stay also includes a series of activities: Wildlife safaris, nature walks, canoeing and nighttime spotlighting tours giving you the opportunity to encounter the region’s iconic flora, fauna and wildlife. Wildlife spotting includes jaguars, giant anteaters, capybaras, and an astonishing variety of bird species. All tours are accompanied by bilingual guides (English and Portuguese). Most of the guides are biologists and field guides who are connoisseurs of the region. The guides also help visitors understand and appreciate the intricate and delicate balance of this natural paradise.
The primary focus of Caiman is the conservation, preservation and sustainability of the Pantanal’s rich biodiversity. The lodge is dedicated to protecting this delicate ecosystem whilst at the same time providing guests with an opportunity to explore and appreciate its wonders. Additionally, the lodge collaborates closely with local communities, engaging in cultural initiatives that foster respect and understanding of the Pantanal’s traditional way of life. Guests could visit nearby villages, interact with locals, and learn about their customs, folklore, and crafts.
This lodge and location is a place you should visit if you ever get the chance.
Whether you are a nature lover, an adventure enthusiast, or someone seeking pristine wilderness, Caiman offers an extraordinary experience in one of the world’s most biodiverse and captivating regions. It is a place where you can reconnect with nature, explore the wonders of the Pantanal, and create lifelong memories.
Activities included in the daily rates.
Taken in 4×4 open vehicles, in search of wildlife – be prepared for surprises along the way!
Whilst immersed in the nocturnal silence of the forest, discover the nighttime habits of animals such as the ocelot, giant anteater and jaguar by spotlight from your open vehicle.
Paddle leisurely through the bay and enjoy the beautiful, colourful sunset and unforgettable scenery. During the dry season canoeing may be more limited.
A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the flora and fauna and learn more about the Pantanal.
Additional Tours Available
These experiences are at an additional fee and can be included in your booking or can be arranged locally. Booking in advance for the following is always recommended to avoid disappointment.
A great way to experience the Pantanal. Lasting about 3 hours, the activity explores a variety of landscapes. Some riding experience is helpful but not essential.
Hyacinth Macaw Institute
Accompanied by biologists from the Hyacinth Macaw Institute, this activity invites travellers to closely monitor the Hyacinth Macaw nests.
Accompanied by expert guides, the tour highlights the biodiversity at Caiman, where around 350 bird species have already been registered.
Observe jaguars in their natural habitat through an initiative aimed at the conservation of the species.