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Sinhozinho Waterfall - Estancia Mimosa -  Bonito - Daniel De Granville
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21/03/2010 - 18h33

Ecotourism In Bonito, Brazil




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The city Bonito in the mountains of Bodoquena, has prehistoric caverns, natural river, waterfalls, rivers and natural swimming pools and the Blue Lake cavern`.. 

I am corresponding with a chap who is a regional inspector of the state of "Mato Grosso do Sul" ("Southern Thick Forest" - Portugese), Brazil who has been entreating me in his letters to take a holiday in his country, but one thing and another prevented my friends and I to travel to Brazil.. He praised his state which is famous for its natural beauty an enormous variety of flora and fauna, with forests, natural sand banks, savannahs, open pasture, fields and bushes. The city Bonito in the mountains of Bodoquena, has prehistoric caverns, natural river, waterfalls, rivers and natural swimming pools and the Blue Lake cavern`..

The state borders the country Paraguay to the south and Bolivia to the west. It is located within the Pantanal an ecological paradise of a total area of 230 thousand square kilometers right in the heart of Brazil. The Pantanal has the largest concentration of neo-tropical fauna, mammals, reptiles, and fish and it also serves as habitat for an enormous variety of native birds.

My good friend told me of his excursions around the state - "Few days after I was in Bonito, a small town, famous for its natural landscapes and attractions. We had nice experiences like being woken up by the cry of colorful birds upon the rising of the sun at dawn. I visited a cavern whose waters become blue when the rays of sun hit them; its walls were nesting places for macaws and the clear waters are the home to many different species of fish. Not very far from the town there is a high plateau, full of nature`s creations, cascades and abysses - It is a beautiful region.

There are two ways to make a trip to Bonito - one is by a direct flight to the Bonito airport from San Paulo via Camp Grande or a cheaper way would be a 3 hour 253 kilometer bus ride from Campo Grande (quite a beautiful ride with interesting and beautiful scenic sites along the way).

Bonito is a large town in the area of Mato Grosso do Sul in the heart of eco-tourism in Brazil. Within the city are good shopping facilities, fine restaurants with the Brazilian taste and good entertainment and festivals. The optimum period to visit is between December and March, during the rainy season, with green vegetation, abundant food for the animals and rivers are high and the waterfalls are spectacular.

I took an interest in the brochures and learned of the ecotourism of Estancia Mimosa:

1) TRAILS AND WATERFALLS: The trails are along the forest bordering the Mimosa River and bypassing eight waterfalls of various shapes and sizes - there a trekker can find places suitable for swim under waterfalls or in natural pools. Other sites along the trail are small caves, suspended wood trails, a lookout to gaze at the wonderful scenery, a small boat ride and a 6-meter high diving board. It sounds like an unforgettable adventure.

2) BIRD WATCHING TOUR: Estancia Mimosa also offers a bird watching tour. The tour passes through areas of rainforest, open fields and hills, located in a region within the Cerrado biome, which has great environmental diversity of 190 bird species.

3) HORSEBACK RIDING: The route is through the Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata, a typical ranch of Mato Grosso do Sul state. The tour passes through different environments of the farm: the open fields, small woods, nearby lagoons, up hills. At the end of the ride you will enjoy the approaching sunset while riding amongst the cattle, the wild animals and the birds of the region.

The brochures offer other activities that will interest the eco-tourist

Note: Currently Estancia Mimosa doesn`t offer accommodations for the night due to renovations. There are comfortable lodgings nearby with transportation to the site - reservations at these hostels can be arranged by your travel agent.

There are other options to view the ecological area of Mato Grosso do Sul. Bonito has a full range of hotels , catering from expensive five star resorts to back-packer budget accommodation. - one can reserve a room in the luxurious newly built La Paloma Residence.

There one can take part in tours to the "Natural Aquarium - Ecological Reserve Rio Da Prata - Rio Sucuri (Trekking - Riding Horse -Birdwatching - Bike Tour)- Yibiri Pe Canopy Tour - Backpacking through the Pantanal, River Rafting / Boating at Rio Formoso (6 kms) - Bonito Aventura (Trekking)- Mergulho no Rio Formoso - Rapel at Abismo Anhumas (7 mts) - Road to Gruta Lago Azul - Excursion to Gruta Sao Miguel at Ecological Park Vale Anhumas - Cahoeiras do Rio do Peixe - Excursion to Estancia Mimosa - Park das Cachoeiras."

Source: Raj Aryan

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