Bonito is quite small
town with only 17.000 inhabitants. The town is situated
in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, approximately
300km from the airport in Campo Grande City, between
250km & 350km from accommodations in the south
part of Pantanal, about 1.170 from Sao Paulo City
and 1.600km from Rio de Janeiro.
HOW IS BONITO:
Apart from the Pantanal, the small town of Bonito
is one of the major tourist destinations in the
state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. The town itself
has no attractions, but the natural resources of
the area are impressive. Beautiful rainforest area
with hundreds of waterfalls, lakes and rivers of
crystal clear blue water, over 80 dry and flooded
caves, and endless species of fish and other wild
animals, are some of the attractions in the region
of Bonito. Visitors arriving to Bonito soon realize
it: the word “bonito” (“beautiful”)
is not enough to describe the wonders created by
nature in that region.
The great concentration of lime in the soil around
the area where Bonito is located is responsible
for the transparency of waters and by then existence
of a wide variety of geological formations. And
the best way of appreciating local natural beauties
is by going on an adventure tourism tour. The most
indicated activities include diving in caverns,
observing the underwater fauna and walking along
trails in the forest. Places like Gruta do Lago
Azul (Blue Lake Cave), the Natural Aquarium, and
rivers Sucuri, Peixe, Formoso and Prata, are the
most indicated. There are a great number of caves
with underground, deep lagoons into which experienced
divers may risk to explore. It was here, in Lagoa
Misteriosa (Mysterious Lake), that diver Gilberto
Menezes de Oliveira reached the depth of 121 metros,
the deepest underwater dive ever recorded in Brazilian
caverns. Packtours can provide scuba dives going
no deeper than 20 meters without risks for amateur
divers, in the Mimoso Cave. But pay attention, cave-diving
is indicated only to those who have great experience
and an adequate equipment.
Bonito is a model-city in terms of sustainable tourism.
It has adopted a system of visitations with the
purpose of preserving the local natural environment.
Therefore, most tours must be pre-booked, as the
demand is high and the availability limited. The
majority of visited places is located inside private
properties, and requires normally accompanying local
guides. To avoid negative impacts on nature, it
has been established a maximum number of tourists
per day who may visit each attraction. The access
for all activities is easy and all ages can have
a lot of fun in Bonito. It is also nice to combine
the excursion to Bonito, with a trip to the South
Visiting the majority of Bonito's attractions must
be previously arranged by a local operator like
Packtours, which appoint an accredited guide to
follow visitors. Since there are a maximum number
of visitors at each attraction, it is recommended
that visitors make reservations with some time of
antecedence, especially during the high season (December
to March and July).
and strong sunrays in the area during summer seasons
suggest the use of light clothing, hats and solar
protection. For trail walks, it is important to
carry backpacks, to wear on-slipping sneakers or
sandals and raincoats.
don't need to bring diving mask, snorkel and neoprene
suits to go on floating tours as all necessary equipment
is normally included in the service.
WHEN TO GO / CLIMATE:
Bonito can be visited any time of the year. The
climate is humid and tropical, and it is hot and
rainy between October and March, which might be
the best period to visit the region. Between June
and August, the weather is dry and cold, and night
temperatures may go below 10ºC. The annual
average temperature is 22ºC.
TO GO: According to the distance
to other attractions / cities in Brazil, the most
common way to reach Bonito is by air, via the airport
(CGR) in Campo Grande. From Campo Grande it is necessary
to arrange a land transport that may take approximately
3hours to go one way. It exists also local charter
traffic from Sao Paulo direct to a new airport in
Bonito, but then the travel must be for one week
stay (7nights), traveling only on Saturdays or Sundays.
HOW LONG STAY:
For the first time visitor we recommend at least
a three night stay, to able the visitors to enjoy
the place and its main attractions, shorter stay
is not justified according to the time consuming
access. For programs combining a visit of the South
of Pantanal, then a minimum of two nights can be
justified, as the traveler already is in the region.
However, Bonito has some many exotic and enjoyable
attractions, so it won’t be any problem to
stay for one week or more.
The Bonito Festival is held every year, during one
week during July, providing music performances,
ecological videos, theater, folklore and fine arts
Wearing special neoprene outfits, a mask and snorkel,
visitors float on calm and crystalline water rivers,
being able to see with excellent visibility the
underwater flora and fish from the Pantanal region
– “piraputangas”, “pintados”,
“pacus” and “dourados”.
Check below & links of main locations for floating
Aquarium – Baía Bonita Ecological Park
Floating occurs along the 600-meter area near Baía
Bonita River spring. Along the Animals Trail, which
is also inside the ecological reservation, it is
possible to see local specimen like oysters, armadillos,
“guará” wolfs, alligators and
The tour starts with a one-hour walk along the trail
– inside the native forest that is the habitat
of species like hogs, monkeys and birds. Floating
occurs for 2 km along rivers Olho d’Água
and Prata, one of the most crystalline in the whole
region offering also a great diversity of fish.
Visitors can also opt to go on a horse ride.
It includes descending Formoso River and exploring
natural submerged grouts. After walking along some
2 km in a forest trail, visitors may float on the
transparent waters of Formoso River, which runs
along river rapids and rocky formations.
River (The Anaconda River)
The transparency of its calm waters, with large
shoals of fish, springs and exotic plants are all
just incredible. Floating on Sucuri River goes on
along a 2-km stretch, with average duration of 45
minutes. It is located on São Geraldo Farm,
where visitors also have access to walks on trails
in the forest and horse or bicycle tours.
do Lago Azul (The Blue Lake Cave)
Incredible geological formation with limestone rocks,
with width of 100 meters and depth of 70 meters,
full of espeleo-themes. At the end of the grout
there is a lagoon of transparent waters, resembling
a huge bluish mirror.
de São Miguel (The Saint Michel Cave)
The grout 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.
One of the most beautiful natural scenarios in Bonito.
da Onça Eco Tour
It offers trails, waterfalls, the practice of “rapel”
and plenty emotions on Bodoquena Hills.
It is one of the highest waterfalls in the area,
from where visitors can view the Bodoquena Hills,
inside an indigenous protection reserve.
Ranch and Eco Tourism
A delicious and unforgettable adventure in ecological
tourism - respect for natural environments, interaction
with nature and regional culture.
A trail going through six beautiful waterfalls from
where visitors can view beautiful landscapes and
photograph, and also freshen up in a delicious bath.
Beauty and color, trails and grouts, waterfalls
and animals, all that in a single place.
TOURS / ACTIVITIES
Hole / Dig
A trail along a hill’s underground path 124
meters deep, with a diameter of 500 meters.
Leisure and environmental education to demonstrate
that it is possible to ally nature conservationism,
ecological tourism and production in a regular farm.
on Formoso River
The river’s descent is an "Indiana Jones"-type
It offers plenty waterfalls and a very beautiful
Thrilling adventure on Formosinho River waterfalls,
with more than seven river rapids visitors can float
River Ecological Park
It offers trails in the riverside forest surrounded
by exuberant flora including a descent along Formoso
Cowboy’s Route – “Quadricycle”
Fun and adventure on top of four wheels through
the old cowboy’s trail.
It 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. In Formoso River, along millions
of waterfalls’ bubbles, or in Prata River,
along with fish, it is possible to dive for approximately
30 minutes, after visitors receive guidance on safety
and dive always in the presence of an Instructor.
Bonita Ecological Reserve
Snorkeling under waters deemed among the most transparent
in the world.
Nature in its most beautiful state of preservation
and environmental balance.
In Terena language, it means "plenty waterfalls".
This tour hides many unforgettable surprises along
the two thousand meter stretch along riverside forests
sideling Peixe River.
Resort – Lomba Farm
Ecological complex with a beautiful natural pool,
including a trail leading to a pretty waterfall.
For visitors who wish to spend an unforgettable
Great number of waterfalls and natural pools along
River Ecological Nook
Unforgettable dives in one of the most crystalline
rivers in the world.
It offers a trail in the forest full of birds, into
11 waterfalls and natural pools of crystalline waters
for floating, diving and viewing shoals of fish.
An opening on the ground takes us down into a vertical
abyss. It is necessary that visitors use the techniques
of “rapel” to get to the bottom of the
cave, 72 meters below the surface. Down there, there
is a lake with approximately 8- meters in depth,
where diving allows viewing limestone formations.
Misteriosa” (the Mysterious Lagoon)
40 km away from Bonito, in the municipality of Jardim,
this Lake thrills visitors due to its depth and
transparency of water. During winter months –
from June to September -, visibility surpasses 40
meters. Access to this blue-water lake is quite
difficult, however, the effort pays 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
Located 35 km away from downtown Bonito, it is one
of the most beautiful caverns in the world for diving,
one that requires more experience from divers. Divers
must be certified, at least, as “Overhead
Divers” so they can risk exploring the 70-meter
extension of the cavern, located 20 meters below
the surface. To enter the Cones Hall, named after
the immense rocky formations of up to 8 meters high
found inside that “hall”, divers need
an “Intro to Cave”-type certificate.
Mimoso Cave is considered one of the most amazing
cavern-diving points in Brazil.
Ceramics works made by the Kadiwéu, from
the Bodoquena Hill; accessories made with seeds,
like collars – Rua Cel. Pilad Rebuá
and bone objects
Furniture and accessories made of noble recycled
woods with detailed engravings of cattle bones –
Rua Duque de Caxias, 203