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The Best Ecotourism Destination in Brazil
Elected as the "Best Ecotourism Destination in Brazil" by Viagem & Turismo magazine, a leading tourism publication in Brazil, Bonito fully blends integration with nature, comfort, and security. There are over thirty natural activities available, including fluctuating in pristine river springs with clear water, trails and waterfalls, boating, resorts, caves and caverns, several diving and rappel
The natural attractions are divided into the following main categories:
|TRAILS AND WATERFALLS
Wearing special neoprene outfits, a mask and snorkel, visitors float on the waters of calm and crystalline rivers and, due to the excellent visibility conditions, are able to observe the underwater flora and fish from the Pantanal region – "piraputangas", "pintados", "pacus" and "dourados". Check on the main locations for floating tours, below.
Natural Aquarium – Baia Bonita Ecological Park
Floating is possible along the 600-meter area near the springs of the Baia Bonita River. Along the Animal Trail, which is also inside the ecological reservation, it is possible to see local specimen such as oysters, armadillos, "guara" wolfs, alligators and anacondas.
The tour starts with a one-hour walk along a trail inside the native forest, which is the habitat of species like hogs, monkeys and birds. Floating is possible over 2 km along rivers Olho d'Agua and Prata (one of the most crystalline in the whole region, and where there is also a great diversity of fish). Visitors can also opt to go on a horse ride.
It includes descending the Formoso River and exploring natural, submerged grottos. After walking along some 2 km of forest trail, visitors may float on the transparent waters of Formoso River, which runs along river rapids and rocky formations.
Sucuri River (The Anaconda River)
The transparency of its calm waters, large shoals of fish, springs and exotic plants are all just incredible. Floating on Sucuri River happens along a 2-km stretch, with average duration of 45 minutes. It is located on the São Geraldo Farm, where visitors also have access to trails in the forest and horse or bicycle tours.
GROTTOS & CAVES
Gruta do Lago Azul (The Blue Lake Grotto)
Incredible geological formation with limestone rocks, 100 metres in width and 70 metres in depth, full of cave themes. At the end of the grotto there is a lagoon of transparent waters, resembling a huge bluish mirror.
Gruta de São Miguel (The Saint Michel Grotto)
The grotto is rich in limestone formations. Access is available through a suspended trail surrounded by native forest. Located in the Anhumas Vale Ecological Park Natural Reserve, it is considered one of the best attractions in Bonito.
Visitors can swim and practice rapel in the various waterfalls that are available in the region. Some of the waterfall tours are listed below:
Filled with waterfalls, the "Peixe River" constitutes one of the most beautiful natural scenarios in Bonito.
Boca da Onça Eco Tour
In this tour, visitors can walk through trails, waterfalls, and practice of "rapel" on the Bodoquena Hills.
The Aquidaba Waterfall
The Aquidaba waterfall is one of the highest in the area. From there, visitors can view the Bodoquena Hills, located inside an Indigenous Protected Reserve.
Mimosa Ranch and Eco Tourism
A delicious and unforgettable adventure in ecological tourism, providing interaction with nature and the regional culture.
The Waterfall Park
A trail going through six beautiful waterfalls from where visitors can view and photograph beautiful landscapes, and freshen up in a delicious bath.
Ceita Core Farm
A tour through this local farm allows the observation of the local fauna and flora through trail-walks, as well as visits through grottos and waterfalls.
The Anhumas Abyss
An opening in the ground takes us down into a vertical abyss. It is necessary for visitors to use "rapel" techniques to reach the bottom of the cave, 72 meters below the surface. Down below, there is a lake with approximately 8 meters in depth, where diving allows viewing limestone formations.
"Lagoa Misteriosa" (the Mysterious Lagoon
In the municipality of Jardim, 40 km away from Bonito, this Lake thrills visitors due to its depth and transparency of its water. During winter months (between June and September), visibility surpasses 40 meters. Access to this blue-water lake is fairly difficult, however, the effort is rewarding due to the landscape it offers to divers. Diving is allowed according to the limits established by the certification granted to each diver. There are also special circuits for "Cave Divers".
Located 35 km away from downtown Bonito, the Mimoso Grotto is one of the most beautiful caves in the world for diving. Divers must be certified as "Overhead Divers" at least so they can explore the 70-meter extension of the cavern, located 20 meters below the surface. To enter the Cones Hall, named after the 8 m rocky formations found inside the "hall", divers need an "Intro to Cave"-type certificate. Mimoso Grotto is considered one of the most amazing cavern-diving points in Brazil
VARIOUS OTHER TOURS
A trail along a hill's underground path 124 meters deep, with a diameter of 500 meters.
Leisure and environmental education demonstrating that it is possible to ally nature conservationism, ecological tourism and production on a regular farm.
Boating on Formoso River
The river's descent is an "Indiana Jones"-type adventure.
Monte Cristo Resort
It offers plenty of waterfalls and a very beautiful landscape.
Thrilling adventure on Formosinho River waterfalls, with more than seven river rapids for visitors to float.
Formoso River Ecological Park
This tour offers trails in the forest along riverbanks, surrounded by exuberant flora including a descent along the Formoso River.
This resort offers a great variety of fish to couple with great moments of leisure.
The Cowboy Route – "Quadricycle"
Fun and adventure on four wheels along an old cowboy trail.
This tour is excellent for inexperienced divers who wish to try the sensation of diving with "scuba" equipment. It also pleases more experienced divers since it offers a view completely different from that of seawaters. After receiving instruction on safety, and always in the presence of an instructor, it is possible to dive for intervals of 30 minutes amidst the millions of bubbles from the Formoso River's waterfalls or alongside the fish in the Prata River.
Baia Bonita Ecological Reserve
Snorkeling in waters deemed to be among the most transparent in the world.
A magical location on the margins of the Formoso River.
Nature in its most beautiful state of preservation and environmental balance.
In Terena language, it means "plenty of waterfalls". This tour hides many unforgettable surprises along the two thousand meter-stretch of riverside forests on the banks of the Peixe River.
Taruma Resort – Lomba Farm
Ecological complex with a beautiful natural pool, including a trail leading to a charming waterfall.
For visitors who wish to enjoy an unforgettable day.
A great number of waterfalls and natural pools along Formoso River.
Prata River Ecological Nookv
Unforgettable dives in one of the most crystalline rivers in the world.
It offers a trail in a forest full of birds, and 11 waterfalls and natural pools of crystalline waters for floating, diving and viewing the shoals of fish.