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How to Have the Perfect Day in Bonito, Brazil's Ecotourism Paradise

by Matador Creators Jun 30, 2023

Bonito, a hidden gem in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, is a well-recognized destination for ecotourism enthusiasts. It’s only a matter of time before it becomes more widely-known among general travelers. Renowned for its crystal-clear rivers, lush forests, and abundant wildlife, this charming town offers visitors a variety of thrilling activities to enjoy.

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One of Bonito’s most famous attractions, the Gruta do Lago Azul (Blue Lake Cave) is a mesmerizing natural wonder. Venture into this ancient cave adorned with impressive stalactite formations and marvel at the striking blue lake that lies within. With sunlight filtering through the cave’s entrance, the water’s vibrant color creates a surreal atmosphere that feels almost prehistoric.

Next, head to Rio da Prata (or Silver River), considered to be a snorkeler’s paradise. Drift along its crystal-clear waters, which boast incredible visibility, and appreciate the diverse array of fish and aquatic plants that inhabit this pristine river. The calm current makes it an enjoyable experience for both beginners and seasoned snorkelers alike.

You can’t visit Bonito without paying its most famous eco-reserve a visit. Estância Mimosa offers visitors the opportunity to hike through lush forests, swim in natural pools, and admire stunning waterfalls. Follow well-maintained trails as you explore this verdant paradise, keeping an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls this reserve home — especially its over 250 different bird species. You can also observe the local wildlife at Buraco das Araras, or Macaw’s Hole, a massive sinkhole that serves as a sanctuary for vibrant red-and-green macaws. Watch as these magnificent birds soar through the sky and nest in the surrounding cliffs. The area is also home to toucans and monkeys.

To cap off your trip with a dose of adrenaline, head to Abismo Anhumas. This underground cave, accessible only by rappelling 236 feet down a vertical shaft, is a hidden world waiting to be explored. Once inside, visitors can snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal-clear lake, marveling at the ancient rock formations and subterranean beauty.

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