“We had a good trip to Refúgio Ecológico Caiman–thank you for arranging it. The variety of animals we saw was impressive–more than on my last trip to the Pantanal. In addition to jaguars, we saw ocelots, anteaters, a tapir, agouti, coatis, capybara, deer, white lipped peccaries and many, many birds.”— Mark Horn, USA
Jaguar Ecological Reserve
Among the pristine nature of northern Pantanal, near the end of the Transpantaneira is located the simple Jaguar Eco-Lodge which is the perfect place for hiking, boating, wildlife viewing and Jaguar observation.
About Jaguar Ecological Reserve
In the heart of the Pantanal is the Jaguar Ecological Reserve, a 1200-hectare federally registered reserve (R.P.P.N. - Reserva Particular de Patrimonio Natural). A local Pantaneiro family owns the Jaguar Reserve. With the purpose of significantly expanding the conservation area, the profits from the lodge are reinvested to purchase more land for the Jaguar Reserve. Another goal is to later fund a school for the local Pantaneiro children. For years, the guests have enjoyed this family-run lodge, the guides skillfulness, and the magnificent setting; taking in some of Brazil's most beautiful scenery and some of The Pantanal's finest wildlife habitats, while supporting a community-based ecotourism project. One of the best places in Latin America to see a jaguar is the Reserve and the ranches around it. About one-third of the guests who stay for 3 or more days at the lodge, get the chance to see a jaguar at the Reserve or nearby. Even if you don’t see a jaguar during your stay, you will be able to see smaller felines such as the ocelot, giant anteaters, peccary, howler monkeys, tapirs, caimans and a wide variety of bird species. With a total of 18 single beds, the lodge offers 11 guest rooms, all counting with air conditioning. Every room is fully furnished, has a private bath with hot water daily, fans, mosquito nets, and a porch with hammocks. The lodge uses a generator and solar panels for electricity.
Along the Transpantaneira, the Jaguar Ecological Reserve is one of the southernmost ecotourism lodges. The extra driving to the remote location is worth since this provides the opportunity to enjoy the Pantanal at its purest. Usually wildlife is more abundant near the Reserve, compared to the lodges closer to Poconé and Cuiabá. Without a single doubt, the jaguar sightings at this southern end of the Transpantaneira towards Porto Jofre are better than anywhere else.