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Caiman Ecological Refuge

The nature and culture
of the Pantanal on a 53 thousand
hectare ranch in the heart
of South America.

Caiman Ecological Refuge is located on a 53 thousand hectare ranch adjoining the small town of Miranda, in the Pantanal wetland, situated in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. Caiman Ecological Refuge has three major activities in this magnificent setting:


Caiman Lodge was established in 1985 as the first ecotourism operation in the Southern Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul. Since then, it has aimed at creating and offering visitors a means of getting close to the Pantanal’s nature and culture, while pursuing excellence in hospitality services and gastronomy.
It consists of two lodges – Cordilheira and Baiazinha – which have fully independent operations and are 22 km from each other.


The Caiman Ecological Refuge operates an important Nature Conservation Program, which is      recognized domestically and internationally. This consists of maintaining a Private Reserve of Natural Patrimony (RPPN) on a 5,600 hectare area and supporting various research and species management projects carried out on the whole ranch.

In addition, nature conservation values are applied in lodge operations, such as the Caiman Recycling project, which involves collection and separation of recyclable or dangerous waste on the whole property and educating employees on environmental responsibilities.


Miranda Estancia, a traditional cattle ranch founded in 1910 by English investors, was the precursor of the present Caiman Ranch. The ranch currently runs around 35,000 head of cattle on natural pasture, seeking harmonious integration of livestock with the wildlife. This operation is open to visitors and can be seen at first hand by anyone interested.

The permanent residents’ community for both lodge and ranch employees and their families, houses 180 people. In addition to having access to a school, medical and dental care and the necessary infrastructure, all employees are trained in and committed to the Caiman Ecological Refuge social and environmental program.

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