Mato Grosso is the only state in Brazil, which holds within its borders three Ecosystems almost equidistant from its capital, Cuiabá. The Pantanal which is 100 km towards the South, the Savanna Tablelands – Chapada dos Guimares, which is 76 km towards the Northeast. A visit to Bonito with the paradise-like Pantanal is a must for avid divers and snorkelers. Swimming along schools of orange-tailed minnows and sleek silver fish in crystal clear waters, is certainly a dream for most.
One of about 40 natural tourist attractions near Bonito, Brazil, a destination that calls itself the ecotourism capital of the world, is the spring-fed Rio Olho d’Agua. Bonito is located in the southwest of Brazil, just within reach of the border with Paraguay and Bolivia. It may not be popularly known to North Americans, but Bonito’s natural wonders is simply amazing and can only be credited to God. With rivers, caves, waterfalls, and jungle creatures, there really isn’t any other place more exotic.
For adventure seekers, did you know you could rappel 72 metres that’s 30 stories into a submerged cave studded with stalactites and stalagmites? Not only that, once you reach the bottom, you can snorkel in the pristine lake. There’s also a six-metre-high platform that you could leap off into a natural pool at the bottom of a gorgeous waterfall. Surrounded by an evergreen jungle where monkeys swing from branches, the Mimoso River is a getaway you don’t want to miss. All these natural wonders are a result of Bonito’s limestone karst geology caused by rainwater eroding the area’s rock over millions of years, creating caves and causing streams with water so clean and clear running through them. How one small part of South America could be blessed with so many natural attractions might seem unfair, but for the visitor who wants to do a lot of things in one week or so, it’s the perfect place to visit.
The best part, every operator here is licensed by government and allowed a maximum number of daily visitors. This encourages tourists to go to a local agency where they will have to book an activity with a specified date and time. This makes total sense as Bonito’s method eliminates crowds and allows visitors to enjoy every attraction they visit, giving the illusion of having this place all to themselves. Bonito is reason enough to visit this part of Brazil, but don’t leave without visiting the Pantanal wetlands where all the water that springs out of the ground around Bonito and rains down on the local Bodoquena mountains slowly finds its way into the Paraguay River. It is known to be the largest tropical wetlands in the world. For a place that is mostly uncharted territory to most, perhaps a South America Tour to visit this corner of Brazil would be just the thing to continually surprise and surpass your expectations.