Caiman Ecological Refuge - Pantanal
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Caiman Ecological Refuge - Pantanal Reviews
A true getaway Sep 05, 2011
You get to this hotel by driving off into the middle of nowhere, then you just keep going. It is a getaway in every sense of the word.
Request to stay in the Baiazinha lodge. It is the smaller of the 2 buildings they have and miles away from the main Cordilheira lodge. The Baiazinha lodge has simpler accomodations than the Cordilheira (which boasts more luxury), but the views can't be beat. I woke up each morning and watched capybaras getting into the lake literally 10 feet in front of me. They have modern conveniences (phone, tv, wifi, etc.) but they seemed intrusive out there and no one touched any of it while I was there. It was wonderful.
The food is served family style in the main room, and it is fantastic! There is an great spread for each meal and there is no way you won't find food you already love and new things to try. (The piranha stew is incredible!)
There were scheduled activities each day like horseback rides and hikes through the jungle and kayking on the lake, all with a guide who is well versed in the flora and fauna of the region. Because the hotel is so small, the groups doing the activies are small and you get to see tons of wildlife (yup... saw a jaguar). The animals actually seem like they aren't used to seeing people so they will look at you as curiously as you look at them. We had monkey follow us through the jungle on one of the hikes.
If you are the type of person that goes on vacation,turns your phone off completely, and turns it back on almost reluctantly, you will love this place like I did. I can't recommend it enough!
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