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Bonito & The Pantanal Adventure Tour

8 Days / 7 Nights

Your tour of Brazil takes you first to the Brazilian Mid-West and the ecotourism and wildlife havens of Bonito and the Pantanal. Bonito has abundant acquatic life in some of the clearest rivers on the planet, plus the spectacular Anhumas Abyss cave and lake. The Pantanal is the largest wetlands in the world, with spectacular bird-life and mammals such as Ant-eaters, ocelots and the jaguar.

Your tour of Brazil takes you first to the Brazilian Mid-West and the ecotourism and wildlife havens of Bonito and the Pantanal. Bonito has abundant acquatic life in some of the clearest rivers on the planet, plus the spectacular Anhumas Abyss cave and lake. The Pantanal is the largest wetlands in the world, with spectacular bird-life and mammals such as Ant-eaters, ocelots and the jaguar.

  • Destinations: Pantanal Wetlands - Bonito
  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Beautiful Bonito
On arrival at the airport in Campo Grande, you will be picked up for the 3hr road journey to Bonito. The town itself remains a quiet place in the interior of Brazil, but the surrounding Serra da Bodoquena National Park holds many ecotourism attractions in its rivers, waterfalls and caves. You may be able to visit the ones closer to town, depending on the time of your arrival. The area has a limestone substrate and all water sources have their impurities calcified, which then drop to the riverbeds, leaving the beautiful water of Bonito crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling with some of the finest visibility on the planet.
Day 2 : The Natural Aquarium of Bonito
A morning floating in the crystal clear rivers of Bonito takes you to the Natural Aquarium, perhaps the most charming part of Bonito's many fine snorkelling spots. The shallow bay holds its waters still, and the morning sun shining off them is a spectacular sight under water - the marine and plant-life become basked in a beautiful blue and yellow light and everything below the surface seems to be alive with colour. This is a special sight. After lunch, at the Mimosa Estancia you can enjoy a hike along the waterfalls trail there, with swimming spots in the natural pools. There is also a platform if you want to enjoy jumping into them from high above.
Day 3 : Mysterious Lakes & Silver Rivers
Another day snorkelling in the Rio da Prata, perhaps the most spectacular Bonito river, with over 2km of floating including gentle rapids to traverse both on foot and in the river. The Silver River aquatic life is even more abundant, with huge fish such as the pacu, piraputanga and the beautiful golden dourado. River otters and rays can also be spotted in the water, while caiman alligators, enormous boa constrictors and on very rare occasions even a jaguar can be spotted sunning themselves on the river banks. After you visit the Lago Misteriosa, to scuba dive in the dark depths of this mysteriously deep lake. The day finishes at the Macaw's Hole, with dozens of these beautiful birds coming home for the night.
Day 4 : Anhumas Abyss Adventure
Bonito is famous for the clarity of its waters, and not just in its relaxing rivers. The most adventurous activity rounds off your time in the town, with the descent into the Anhumas Abyss. This huge cave has a tiny entrance in the forest, from where you descend 70m into the bottom of the cavern. From here you can scuba (qualified divers only) or snorkel in the cave lake. The water clarity can reach 40m, and the experience is more spectacular still when the midday rays of the sun shine briefly into the cave, illuminating the water. The lake is home to rare underwater calcified cones of up to 19m height. This unique Anhumas Adventure is completed with the pull back up to the surface.
Day 5 : Into The Pantanal Wetlands
After breakfast you continue on to the Pantanal region, around 3 hours drive across the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. On the way you stop at the Boca da Onça Ranch, to walk the trail of 9 waterfalls, including the highest in the state. Swimming in the clear pools is also a refreshing possibility. After arriving at your lodge, your first spectacular Pantanal sunset. Hundreds of birds fill the sky as the sun drops and the sky melts into shades of gold, pink and purple. After dinner, a night safari takes you to spot some nocturnal wildlife. Many of the predators of the area such as jaguars, pumas, ocelots and wolves hunt in the cool of the night and the eyes of the alligators of the Pantanal glow brightly like the stars in the sky.
Day 6 : Pantanal Wildlife
Horse and vehicle rides take you to the savannah and forests of The Pantanal for unobstructed views of creatures such as giant anteaters, tapirs, capybaras, deer and armadillos. Anacondas and giant otters are spotted occasionally in the waters from riverbank trails and canoes , while the rare and beautiful hyacinth macaw and jabiru storks nest above them. Nocturnal boat trips take you to spot caimans. The eyes of some of the 20 million alligators of The Pantanal are very visible at night, and it will feel like you can see at least that many stars in the unpolluted night sky!
Day 7 : The Largest Wetlands in the World
In the morning, you can head into the savannah and forest reserves of The Pantanal by horse or vehicle for the chance to see animals such as capuchin monkeys and deer while learning about the magnificent flora. After lunch at the lodge, view the aquatic wildlife of the Pantanal from close up on a boat trip. The presence of all those alligators and giant otters is down to the plentiful supply of fish in the waters. Around 260 species exist and often in great quantities, including the legendary piranha. In the evening, there is a traditional Brazilian Barbecue featuring traditional Pantanal meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
Day 8 : Leaving The Pantanal
Sunrise in The Pantanal Wetlands is a special experience of every day, with a host of birdlife making a stunning dawn chorus as the colours of the day come through. Hyacinth macaws, parrots, parakeets, toucans and kingfishers add splashes of colour to the landscape amongst many others, while howler monkeys also contribute to the cacophony of sounds. After breakfast, you prepare for your journey back to Campo Grande for your flight away from The Pantanal. This tour can also be combined with any of our other Brazil destinations such Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and The Amazon Jungle.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 2,175 US$ 2,475 US$ 4,475 US$ 5,575
Domestic Flights ** N/A

Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Pantanal Wetlands


* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

May - June - July - August - September - October - November