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Located 225km west of Campo Grande and 35km from the town of Miranda, the 53,000-hectare The Caiman Ecological Refuge sits in the heart of the southern Pantanal, offering a diverse landscape of savannah lowlands, seasonal wetlands and rich forested areas. Wildlife in the area includes caimans (a native alligator species), anacondas, American rheas (three-toed American ostriches), hyacinth macaws, capybaras, deer and jaguars. The Caiman Ecological Refuge is a working cattle farm, an important centre for nature conservation projects and home to two excellent eco-lodges. The lodges are built on stilts and located 22km apart. Baiazinha Lodge offers six guestrooms, while Cordilheira Lodge offers five suite guestrooms. Each lodge has its own restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Programmes include a selection of two daytime excursions and one evening excursion. Activities are shared with other guests, depend on weather and local conditions, and include ecological walks, 4x4 safaris, caiman spotting and canoe trips, all of which are accompanied by ecological or expert local guides. Additional excursions such as birdwatching and bike rides can be booked for an extra charge, ideally in advance. Important conservation projects at Caiman focus on blue fronted parrots, the stunning blue hyacinth macaws and Americas' biggest predator, the elusive jaguar. Guests can accompany researchers on the Hyacinth Macaw Project or during high season (June to September) take part in the Onçafari jaguar tracking programmes. Both these activities can be arranged for a supplement and must be prebooked before departure.

Please call 020 7808 6783 for more information or to make a booking.

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