Bonito & the Pantanal
Recommended Stay 7 days/6 nights.
These two locations can be enjoyed separately or together.
Embark on a Brazilian Safari. The Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetlands area. Located in western Brazil’s state of Mato Grosso do Sul, it is renowned for wildlife: jaguars, caimans, capybaras and hundreds of species of exotic birds. Summer rains flood 80% of the region, nurturing an incredibly diverse collection of aquatic plants and helping to support a dense array of animal species. While the winter dry season sees the waters receding so you can probe deeper into the wilderness and the chances of spotting the sacred jaguar rise dramatically. Fishing is also best this time of year, where locals have been known to lasso 80kg fish. Stay in the most respected traditional style “Fazenda” in the region, for a taste of Gaucho Ranch life.
Bonito is an ecotourism hub in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Well-known to Brazilians but rarely by foreigners, Bonito is nature’s artwork and the ideal playground for the adventure lover. Resembling a natural outdoor aquarium, Bonito will leave you feeling like you stepped into a fantasy novel. You can explore caves with underground turquoise lakes, take a boat ride down whitewater rapids, rappel into gratos, snorkel in crystal clear rivers peppered with a variety of tropical fish, and experience the natural beauty of Brazil.
When to Go.
Pantanal | November-April is wet season. The region is in full bloom, with lush vegetation and flowers; however, rains can make some areas difficult to reach & some lodges are closed. May-October is dry season, thus peak season for viewing wildlife, when rare species of birds and other animals can be observed more easily.
Bonito | Endowed with a tropical climate, Bonito can be visited any time of the year. October-March the weather remains humid and tropical [hot and rainy], which might be the best period to visit the region. June-August, the weather is cold and dry and night time temperatures may drop below 10ºC [14ºF].
Local Tour Options.
Safari in the Pantanal
Nature Walk and Snorkeling at Nascente Rio Sucuri
Rafting on the Rio Formoso
Cave Tour at the Gruta do Lago Azul
Distance from Rio by Flight to Campo Grande:
3.5 hours + 3.5 hours by car
Why we Love the Pantanal & Bonito:
1) piranha fishing in the Pantanal
2) floating in the turquoise waters of the Rio da Prata
3) rappelling into the Abismo Anhumas cave and snorkeling
4) waterfall watching at Estancia Mimosa
Breakfast Included | Free Wifi | Outdoor Pool | On-Site Restaurant | Air Conditioning | TV | English Spoken
Stay. Pantanal. Caiman Ecological Refuge.
The Caiman Ecological Refuge is a 53,000-hectare ranch located in one of the world’s most important wetlands, hosting one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the Americas. This is a great option for families as the two lodges have their own swimming pools, yet there is also wildlife spotting on your doorstep. With only 11 rooms the Refuge provides a very personalized wildlife experience, from the exquisite preparation of local dishes coupled with a generous heap of traditional culture. Bear in mind there are set arrival and departure dates – 3 nights Thursday to Sunday and 4 nights Sunday to Thursday.
Breakfast Included | Free Wifi | Outdoor Pool | On-Site Restaurant | Air Conditioning | TV | Spa | Kid’s Play Area | English Spoken
Stay. Bonito. Hotel Águas de Bonito.
Traditional-style buildings with thatched roofs, outdoor dining, and hammocks to lay in after local late afternoon snacks characterize the Hotel Águas de Bonito. The most charming hotel in the region offers an incredible location, allowing you to easily walk around the intimate downtown Bonito after a day of adventures and explore typical gastronomy in restaurants specializing in “fresh fish catch of the day”. The best part is that the majority of tours leave directly from the hotel facilitating your daily travel.
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