Blogs from Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito August 5th 2015

Hello People, We awoke early again but didn’t mind, as we knew that amazing free breakfast was waiting for us!!! Today our plan was to ride the 6.4km to Balneario Municipal. Our hostel Catarinos did bike hire for 15 real (£3) for the day, and they supplied the bike, a lock and direction there. We took with us snacks and water and started off, it’s easy to get to as there is one straight road through the town and out and turn left at the first round about!! We flew there even though the bikes had one gear!! We arrived and found out that you need to buy a ticket in town to get in this park, another couple turned up in a car and had the same problem, however once this couple went and when ... read more

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito August 4th 2015

Hi Family, Friends and bloggers, So we woke up early as our time clock has been beaten up lately… even though we are in the same country and just above Foz it is now an hour back! So everyone we spoke to in the hostel on arrival said they do an amazing free breakfast here, and we were not let down!!! In all of South America so far it has been bread and jam/dulce de leche, at this hostel however, it was a full on feast of fruit, bread, ham, cheese’s and cakes of all kinds, plus 4 different juices to drink!! We were in heaven!!! The hostel is a really nice family run place, everything is clean and their son speaks English and helps book up all the tours. They have a fridge for food ... read more

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito June 27th 2014

After a short flight with a free upgrade to the seats with extra legroom, ( the fault of the airline double booking our seats!), we arrived at the airport to the owner of our hostel with a free lift. Much to my disappointment he was not holding a card with our names on it, apparently looking out for the gringos with the backpacks finds you the right people. We had booked this hostel due to it being associated with a Pantanal tour company. The reviews we had read were not all good, and many advised staying away from the company altogether. A closer read of the reviews finds faults with the company that are completely unrelated to the tours themselves and so for ease and cost we booked a 2 night/3 day tour to the Pantanal ... read more

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito December 30th 2013

Friday 27th December (Odyssey Day 49) Another resting day today. Some went to Paraguay for a day trip but I didn’t want to spend all day out, mostly on a bus, so Hannah and I relaxed for the morning instead. We were planning on heading out for the afternoon, Hannah to the bird park and myself into town, when the rain suddenly started pouring down. We got absolutely soaked while closing everyone’s tent flaps and bringing in their shoes, so we decided to stay at camp. Fortunately, even the rain is warm here so we weren’t too worried about catching a cold. Cook group two had our last cook day today as we change to the new cook groups and truck jobs tomorrow. Actually, cook group two will no longer exist, as it has been deemed ... read more
Foz do Iguacu Camp
Foz do Iguacu Camp
Bonito Camp

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito February 22nd 2013

The next leg of our trip we chose to do through a tour company called Green Toad. We decided after 4 months of traveling we wanted someone else to make the decisions. It's basically a hop-on-hop-off bus tour where they give you an itinerary and you can then choose how long you want to spend in each place and what activities you want to do there. Our first stop was Campo Grande, a major launching pad for tours into the Pantanal. The Pantanal is basically a huge wetland in the rainy season, which forces a lot of the wildlife to gather on the dry areas, so wildlife spotting is pretty good. Unfortunately the area is in the middle of a drought, so it was all pretty dry, but we still saw way more animals than we ... read more
Up close and personal with the caimans.
Perfect sunrise

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito December 12th 2012

Day 86 We arrived in Bonito late afternoon yesterday, and, after a bit of research into things to do for the next few days here, got a decent steak dinner at a place with live music before bed. Today we woke up at a reasonable time and, after an awesome breakfast with fresh fruit, breads, meats, cheeses, and about 6 different types of cake(!) we headed for a trip to Gruta do Lago Azul (Blue Lake Cave). As suggested by the name, this is a cave with a blue lake in it. The trip took a couple of hours as we headed about 80m downwards into the impressive cave, to admire the unbelivably bright blue water at the bottom. It is apparently the mixture of magnesium and calcium in the water that does it, but it ... read more
Not enjoying the headwear provided to explore the Blue Cave
Looking down into the Blue Cave
Inside Lago Azul Cave

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito October 30th 2012

Na onze trip in de Pantanal wilden we even een paar dagen relaxen in de bewoonde wereld. Door het boek wat ik aan het lezen ben (De kleur van koffie verkeerd, verjaardagscadeautje van mijn ex-collega’s van Yves Rocher), wat gaat over een Nederlands stel die een half jaar door Zuid-Amerika reist, kwamen we op het idee om naar Bonito te gaan. Wat daar precies te doen was? Geen idee, dat zouden we daar wel snel genoeg uit vinden. Johannes wilde ook naar Bonito en had een leuk hostel gevonden: of wij daar ook heen gingen? Ach, waarom niet, gezellig! Heerlijk als andere mensen het researchwerk voor je doen, haha! Het bleek inderdaad een leuk hostel te zijn: mét zwembad en een gezellige gemeenschappelijke ruimte waar je hamburgers, pasta, biertjes en natuurlijk de onvermijdelijke caipirinha’s kon bestellen. ... read more
Photo 16
Photo 17

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito October 22nd 2012

Day 366 Thursday 11th October Foz is a funny sort of town (I guess it goes with the name), there isn’t a lot to do here (other than the falls) it doesn’t have much character, there is a heavy dose of casualness here that is borderline irritating but we kind of like it. Started our day with a great breakfast buffet before heading out to do some shopping. The casualness here is best seen in the erratic hours the shops open or close and no two shops seem to have the same hours. They main drag Avienda Brazil is mainly filled with mega shoe and clothes shops and Shelley managed to pick up a couple more tops. “God bless Brazil” was her comment after emerging from one shop as Brazil seems to be the ... read more
Rio da Prata
Rio da Prata
Rio da Prata

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito October 13th 2012

A short hop south of the Pantanal - bearing in mind that here, in the world's fifth largest nation, the word 'short' takes on new meaning - is the small, modest town of Bonito. Rarely has a town lived up to its name so fully - in Portuguese, as in Spanish, "bonito" means beautiful. Indeed, Bonito lies at the heart of a captivating region filled with natural marvels, from vast limestone caves dripping with stalactites to myriad waterfalls and pools hidden away in pristine forest. Touted as South America's prime example of ecotourism gone right, Bonito is an absolute treasure. A little corner of paradise in southwestern Brazil. The region's most compelling attractions, however, are its unique rivers, world-famous for their astonishing clarity. Filtered by layer upon layer of limestone rock, the water of Bonito's rivers ... read more
Two pacus in the Olho d'Agua river
River snorkelling, Rio Olho d'Agua
River snorkelling, Rio Olho d'Agua

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito March 27th 2012

After a 18 hour bus journey (our longest yet) to Purto Iguazu, home of the famous Iguassu Falls, we dropped out bags at our hostel and set off with Aki, Reynolds and Buddha (Scott Bowden) to see what all the fuss was about. The falls didn´t let us down and the view overlooking garganto do diablo (largest and most powerful waterfall) was breath taking. We were lucky enough to go on a boat trip under one of the smaller (yet pretty large) waterfalls testing Charlie´s waterproof camera to the limit. Talking of cameras, apologies for any off-centre pics as George´s camera screen in broken and he hasn´t quite mastered the point and shoot tecnique as of yet. He calls the pictures arty, Charlie just says their rubbish. The following day consisted of lounging by the poolside ... read more
Charlie and a Rainbow

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