Located 225km west of Campo Grande and 35km from the town of Miranda, the 53,000 hectare 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, capibaras and deer.
Caiman Ecological Refuge is a working cattle farm, an important centre for nature conservation projects and home to two excellent eco-lodges.The two comfortable lodges are built on stilts and located 22km apart. Baiazinha Lodge offers 6 guestrooms, while Cordilheira Lodge offers 5 suite guestrooms. Each lodge has its own restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Activities from the lodge include nocturnal outings, trekking and boat trips, all of which are accompanied by ecological or expert native guides. Important conservation projects at Caiman focus on the stunning blue hyacinth macaws and Americas' biggest predator, the elusive jaguar. During high season (June to September) special astronomy workshops and jaguar tracking programmes are available.