Jill did a wonderful job organizing our trip to Brazil for us. We gave her a general idea of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do and she made it all work for us. The local guides used in each of our three destinations were excellent as they were extremely knowledgeable on the areas we visited. They were more than happy not only to answer all of our travel related questions but also to share their general knowledge about Brazil and the local customs. Their English was outstanding and there were no communication issues. All of the guides and drivers were where they were supposed to be at the time arranged. Our only hiccup was weather related and we were able to get in contact with Jill to sort out the delayed flight logistics. She answered all of our pre-trip questions promptly and was in touch with us along the way in Brazil. We would highly recommend using Jill to plan your next adventure.
The Caiman Ecological Refuge is a sustainable eco-lodge located on a 53,000 hectare ranch in the heart of the Brazilian wetlands called the Pantanal. The flood plane is a birdwatcher’s paradise, home to more than 650 species, thousands of varieties of butterflies, 80 species of mammals and more than 250 species of fish. In 2000, the Pantanal wetland was designated a World Natural Heritage and World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Guests staying at the Caiman Lodge have the unique opportunity to see the elusive jaguars. Projeto Onçafari is a non-profit conservation initiative that aims to promote ecotourism in the Pantanal by habituating Jaguars in order for guests to witness the fascinating behavior of these beautiful animals from a safari vehicle.
Most recently, clients of mine saw four jaguars on their very first day at the lodge and I was thrilled to receive the following photo from them.
The Caiman Ecological Refuge is considered the premier lodge in the region and is a must stop on any wildlife enthusiasts’ itinerary. I recommend at least 3 nights and 4 days at the lodge.