Bonito is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
Bonito is in the middle of a region which is being discovered as "Caribe do Centro-Oeste" (Caribbean of the Central-West) due to the unbelievable blue colour of its waters.
Owing to the enormous quantity of limestone in the ground, the water of these rivers passes through a real natural filter where impurities are deposited at the bottom of the river bed, leaving the rivers to be some of the clearest and most transparent in the world. A number of fish and plant species have adapted to this high calcium environment, so that all rivers teem with life. The government of the region has consciously aimed to promote tourism and develop infrastructure for receiving and directing tourists, while strictly controlling the numbers of tourists allowed. These limitations are aimed at preserving the rich natural beauty of the area, maintaining popular tourist sites as close as possible to their natural state.
|Balneario Municipal. It is an appropriate place to spend the day and cool off in a river of crystal clear water and a lot of fish. They have parking, volleyball and beach soccer, snack bars and restaurants, kiosk with barbecue and toilet (adapted for wheelchair users). Photo: webluxo|
Abismo Anhumas (Anhumas Abism) – Rappelling 72 meters (236 ft) down into a cave and an underground, crystal clear lake, 80 meters (260 ft) deep, with the area equivalent to the size of a football field. Snorkeling or diving reveal the breathtaking beauty of this place: some of the largest underwater stalagmites in the world, up to 18 meters (59 ft) high.
|Photo: Divulgação ABN|
Aquário Natural (Natural Aquarium) – The tour starts with a 25-minute walk through the jungle, followed by a 900 meters (3,000 ft) snorkel, where you float with fish and appreciate the underwater vegetation. After starting the trek where you can see varieties of animals of the region, you can finish with a visit to the museum of natural history.
Circuito Arvorismo (The trees circuit) – The adventure trek allows you to walk through the treetops on a suspended steel walkway installed in native trees such as Aroeira and Mahogany. The walkways have platforms fixed in the trees, varying in height from 10 to 20 meters (33 to 66 ft).
Gruta do Lago Azul (Blue Lake Cave) – The tour starts with a 10-minute walk to the entrance of the cave, which was discovered by a local Indian in 1924. In its interior, after descending 100 meters (330 ft), it is possible to see the lake of crystal clear water and depth of approximately 90 meters (300 ft), which makes it one of world’s biggest flooded caves.
The Lago Azul, Bonito (MS), has a crystal clear lake that changes color according to the incidence of the sun. No wonder that was listed by IPHAN (Institute of Historic and Artistic).