Caiman Ecological Refuge: Cordilheira Lodge

On the edge of the Cordilheira forest 

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Situated on a 53,000 hectare cattle ranch in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the Caiman Ecological Refuge is a pioneer in ecotourism in the Southern Pantanal. It is actively involved with environmental research and conservation projects including the Hyacinth Macaw Project and Blue-Fronted Parrot Project, all done through partnerships with researchers and universities.

Cordilheira Lodge is one of two lodges within the refuge. Located at the margins of a Cordilheira forest, it sits on stilts and is perfectly integrated with the surrounding natural scene. Its five suite guestrooms are stylish and contemporary and each offers a separate bedroom and living room, bathroom, powder room and balcony. A large lounge area and dining space for ten provides a casual area for relaxation and socializing whilst the pool and deck area is the perfect spot to unwind with a cool drink as you take in the expansive views of the Pantanal landscape.

There are a huge number of activities to be undertaken here including ecological tours, photographic safaris, canoe trips, night walks, astronomy workshops and insights into the jaguar programme. Biking, birdwatching and boat trips on the Aquidauana River can all also be arranged.

Staying at the Caiman Ecological Refuge is a fantastic opportunity to support a pioneering ecological cause whilst also enjoying the indulgence of a luxury lodge. It provides the perfect base for experiencing the adventure of the Brazilian wilderness while also offering the perfect sanctuary for relaxing in the beauty and tranquility of nature. 

Why we like it

  • Stilted lodge with forest views
  • Pioneering ecotourism
  • Expansive Pantanal views
  • Adventure and tranquility
  • In the world‘s largest wetlands

Key facts

May through October is the driest time of year and the ideal time for fauna sightings. We do not recommend visiting November through February as the heat and rain is too intense, with 70% of the regions rain falling during these months. The intermediary seasons, April-June and October-November are changeable.

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