Caiman Ecological Refuge The Caiman Ecological Refuge offers real luxury within the Pantanal with two stunning properties amidst an incredible setting by the floodplains which provides a great mix of comfort and fabulous wildlife viewing opportunities. Its the place to stay in the Pantanal. Caiman Ecological Refuge is located on a 53 thousand hectare ranch in the southern Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul and is a wonderful destination. The property has two lodges, the Baiazinha Lodge and the Cordilheira Lodge which are spread 22kms apart. The lodges are accessed by road or light aircraft from Campo Grande. The two lodges function independently as they are remote from each other, are self-contained and have their own restaurant, pool, guides, vehicles and excursions. A jaguar tracking safari is included in both lodges in the high season and many optional jaguar safaris are available all year. The Baiazinha Lodge is a bird-shaped house, located on the shores of a lake, with 6 standard rooms decorated in traditional ranch style. The Cordilheira Lodge has 5 double suites, decorated in contemporary style. Each of these has a separate bedroom and living room, bathroom, powder room and balcony. There is also a pool on a deck, surrounded by the vast expanse of the Pantanal landscape. Caiman Ecological Refuge also runs an important conservation programme (including 2 successful projects focusing on jaguars and hyacinth macaws, which guests can get involved in). This really is a special place to stay if you want to get up close to Brazilian wildlife and hopefully spot the jaguar. Barranco Alto The Pantanal at Fazenda Barranco Alto is a unique ecosystem of stunning waterways, vast floodplains, water-lily and reed lagoons, salty ponds, shady forest glades and rich savannah grasslands. The fazenda is a traditional cattle ranch still housed in the original building with four comfortable en-suite guest rooms complete with air-conditioning and private verandas. The remoteness of the location and the limited number of rooms make for a truly intimate Pantanal experience. In order to see the most wildlife guests arise early in the mornings before the sun breaks over the horizon. Each day’s route is different, marked by the Pantanal’s ever-changing panorama of sights and sounds. Bursting with life, the bush continuously shifts and transforms as you pass through the plains either on foot, open-vehicle, canoe or on horseback. On Barranco Alto Farm you will have the rare opportunity to witness the morning fishing of a giant otter family as dawn breaks, observe the ritual of alligator mating and, with luck and patience, to spot a jaguar. The hotel can be accessed by car or, more easily by light aircraft; an hour’s flight from Campo Grande. Barra Mansa Barra Mansa Lodge is strategically positioned by the Rio Negro (Negro River), renowned as one of the most attractive parts of the Pantanal. Accessed most easily by light aircraft due to its remote location, it offers an authentic and idyllic experience and one of the best locations in the Pantanal for spotting jaguars. The lodge has 6 apartments all screened and equipped with air conditioning, fan and hot showers. In addition, the lodge also offers restaurant, bar, laundry service, hammocks in the open, satellite TV, telephone service, internet wireless, library, orchard, souvenir shop, small aircraft landing strip and fishing equipment for rental. Delicious typical meals are prepared with fresh organic ingredients on a wood stove. Barra Mansa Lodge offers a restful atmosphere in an isolated and privileged location, offering the best for the most complete experience in the Pantanal. A wide range of tours and activities are available to explore the great variety of habitats and areas of the property, either by boats and canoes on the splendid Negro River, or by horseback and walking trails through amazing forests, lagoons and scenic landscapes. The transfer to the Lodge takes around one hour from Campo Grande, the main city in the Southern Pantanal. Simon Williams is Director of Humboldt Travel. Humboldt Travel is a luxury travel company specialising in tailor made holidays to Latin America. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.The Brazilian Pantanal is a wildlife haven and one of the best places in Latin America for birds and mammals. The largest flood plain in the world, it spans 53 thousand hectares offering an exciting array of wildlife and birds and stunning views. The star of the wildlife is without doubt the jaguar. ThePpantanal is the best place in the world to see jaguars and while sightings in the wild are never guaranteed, the chances are high, particularly if staying at one of these lodges, the three best lodges in the Pantanal which are great for jaguar spotting.
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