Caiman Ecological Refuge
The Caiman Ecological Refuge is a pioneer in ecotourism in the Southern Pantanal, situated on a 53,000 hectare cattle ranch in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, near the city of Miranda, 150 miles (236km) west from the State Capital, Campo Grande.
In addition to ecotourism, Caiman is 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.
It has also created a Private Reserve of Natural Patrimony (RPPN), which spans almost 5,600 hectares and includes a representative sample of the Pantanal’s natural characteristics.
Caiman also has an Environmental Interpretation Center, which aims to show a complete panorama of the Pantanal’s ecosystem and a vision of the Brazilian history.
One of the world’s best kept secrets when it comes to sheer diversity of wildlife. There are examples of over 100 mammals, 700 birds and almost 100 reptiles. A tour will typically have you watching jaguars, storks and giant otters. Your guide will take you by boat, horse or off-road vehicle – the night time safaris are especially memorable.