A dip in the natural beauty of Bonito MS

17 11 2010

Floating Rio da Prata - Andre Seale

One of the most beautiful ecological tours of Brazil, the destination in Mato Grosso do Sul and the fauna includes a veritable amusement park of nature when it comes to the practice of adventure sports.

Besides trails with waterfalls and impressive falls, Bonito custody of the Abyss Anhumas, which is the biggest underwater cave in the world, and rivers where you can dive, ride a boat, buoy-cross practice or simply float at the mercy of the currents.

Besides all this natural beauty, the destination also surprised by the rules for its preservation: the attractions they receive a limited number of tourist guides and hire qualified to enjoy the paradise is required.

Tip
To dive in clear waters, the same ones you see in postcards, go between June and September, when it rains less in the region and the water becomes clearer.

Attractions

To see in a weekend

With little time, make floating in the River Plate, where the fun is swimming alongside fish such as gold and pirarucus. For those who enjoy hiking, the trail passes through the resort Mimosa eight waterfalls.

To see in 4 days

Visit the cave of the Blue Lagoon, listed as a natural monument. To get there, you must descend a staircase of 294 steps, steep, unlit and slippery in rainy weather. The effort is rewarded by the sight of the lake, with 87 meters deep, 120 feet wide and a stunning crystal blue. Lighter, the ride to the Araras, with 124 yards and a lake, enchanted by the rare scarlet macaws that nest there.

To view in 7 days

Take the time to do scuba diving in the waters of the River Plate and the Abyss of Anhumas.

Source: Uniclass





Cave diving in Brazil

10 05 2010

Cave diving is a type of technical diving in which specialized SCUBA equipment is used to enable the exploration of natural or artificial caves which are at least partially filled with water. It is an extension of the more common sport of caving, but is much more rarely practised because of the skills and equipment required, and because of the high potential risks.

Brazil

In Brazil there is cavern diving in Chapada da Diamantina, in Bahia state; Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul state; and Mariana, where there is also cave diving (visiting Mina da Passagem), in Minas Gerais state.

To dive in public parks, for example those in Bonito, one must be adequately certified by an agency recognized by IBAMA – Instituto Brasileiro de Administração do Meio Ambiente, a federal organ. For cave diving in Mariana a cave diver certification will be required.

Source: Submundo Dive





Plunge into Brazils Living Aquarium – Rio da Prata

19 03 2010

During his visit in the region of the Serra da Bodoquena, in Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil), Brian Clark published in The Daily Green some images on site. Below is the report:

Plunge into Brazil’s Living Aquarium
Near Bonito are the crystal clear waters of the Olho d’Agua (“eyes of water“) and Rio da Prata (“silver river”), offering an unparalleled view of tropical fish and other species. Even a caiman! Also see spectacular Brazilian wildlife and an ecotourism adventure.

One of the highlights of my ecotourism adventure in Brazil’s Pantanal and Mato Grosso do Sul was snorkeling in the Olho d’Agua (“eyes of water”) and adjoining Rio da Prata (“silver river”), two freshwater rivers with spectacular clarity.

We floated effortlessly for a few hours, taking in views of colorful fish — many of them popular in amateur aquariums around the world — as well as a caiman! The area is protected from fishing and pollution, and guests are even prohibited from wearing sunscreen or bug spray, in order to preserve the clean water.

Souce: The Daily Green





Dive sites in Bonito and Jardim – Brazil

24 02 2010



Nature-lovers and adventure-seekers should definietely visit Mato Grosso do Sul. It is a paradise for ecotourism and adventure activities. But what is truly surprising is that despite lying in the very heartland of Brazil, many miles from the coast, Mato Grosso do Sul is one of the country`s best diving destinations.

The towns of Bonito and Jardim boast the clearest waters in all of Brazil, with an enormous range of aquatic life and geographical features to atracct divers, from absolute beginners to the techinical level.

The former can enjoy a terrific “underwater cable car ride”: wear a snorkeling mask and flippers – just relax and let the current do all the work, while the awestruck diver is carried off through hidden beauties.

Cave diving experts have nothing to complain about either: Bonito and Jardim`s underwater caves are unique and unforgettable among the finest in the world.

Snorkeling is one of Bonito and Jardim`s major attractions. The best thing is to go with the flow along the riverbeds, observing the underwater fauna and flora, pretending to be a part of this fabulous ecosystem.

Abismo Anhumas

An amazing underground lake with crystal-clear waters lies 72 meters below the surface of the Earth. You rappel down to the floating deck through a crack in the rocks. The most beautiful part of the lake lies from 15 to 25 meters deep, a maze formed out of huge underwater cones. This is beyond any doubt one of the region`s most extreme dives. It takes roughly 45 minutes to return to the surface.

Nascentes do Rio Formoso

Bonito`s major river rises from two springs that are side by side. The larger spring flows gently down and narrows with increasing depth. It is interconnected with the second spring, but only divers with experience should attempt the passage, wich is over sixty meters deep. At the entrance to the other spring there is a strong outflowing current.

Rio Sucuri

Spectacular visibility and lush aquatic plants. Piraputangas and dorados are part of the landscape, as are catfish, tetras and small crustaceans. The descent takes 45 minutes and the place is stunningly beautiful. Is is forbidden, howewer, to dive to the source of the Sucuri River because it is too shallow. But the place should not missed because it is one of the town`s most beautiful landscapes.

Lagoa Misteriosa

The skinhole forma a lake with crystal-clear waters. Seventeen meters down, two skinholes open, each ten meters across, descending vertically to over 240 meters. The water is so transparent that from thirty meters below the surface, the diver can look up and see the trees surrounding the lake. Acess to this beautiful site is along a sloping trail some seventy meters in lenght.

Buraco das Abelhas

A cavern only slightly over three meters in diameter formed by a spring. At its entrance the passage bends to the right, and natural light dissapears. At 18 meters a cleft falls vertically to 42 meters. It is ideal for training cave diving.

Olho d`água e Rio da Prata

A large crystal-clear water lake that is a habitat for piraputangas, huge dorados, pintados and corimbas. Unbelievably transparent. A stream flows toward the Rio da Prata, where care must be taken with the descent. You have to clamber over tree trunks, and there is also a waterfall to be negotiated, in order to continue the dive lower down, where there is a huge spring in the middle of the river. The descent takes over one hour and is one of the region`s most beautiful trips.

Aquário Natural

The place is know as Baía Bonita; it is rich in aquatic plants and surrounded by dense vegetation. Spectacular shoals of piraputangas, corimbas and occasionally dorados. The water is clear to over fifty meters, in a stream 800 meters long that flows into the Formoso River. The dives ends in the herat of the gallery forest, on a trail that passes a number of waterfalls.

Gruta do Mimoso

This is the most sought-after and also the most beautiful underwater cave in the region. The dive begins in a sunlit underground lake in the middle of the cave. Curtains of stalactites advance into the lake, and small tetras shelter among the rocks. You follow  the guideline to a large tunnel whose roof is covered with thousands of small stalactites. Another chamber opens to the left containing more than twenty cones, some as much as ten meters tall.

Gruta Ceita Corê

A spring with a cramped entrance that requires a certain effort of the diver. A second constriction occurs nine meters down, wich is even tighter, endling in a cleft that is over 160 meters deep.


Source: Brazil Diving Guide





Bonito is one of the city members of the Experience Tour

9 11 2009

Bonito_Rio da Prata

Known for its natural beauty, the city of Bonito (MS) is among the destinations covered by the project Experience Economy Ministry of Tourism (Ministry of Tourism).

The goal is to train local entrepreneurs to add value to their businesses by offering different activities that arouse emotion, pleasure, inspiration and satisfaction of tourists in a real Tour Experience – the brand of the proposed project.

In Bonito (MS), the project developed two scripts in partnership with local entrepreneurs. The script Persons and Flavors of Nice offers a full encounter with nature and its magic through activities such as diving, floating, rappelling, cave, waterfalls and boat rides.

Furthermore, the Mimosa Resort Ecotourism, tourists will be welcomed in an atmosphere tempered by the taste of cookies and cakes made of typical wood stove. Visitors will also delight in the clear waters of the Rio Mimoso and waterfall Sinhozinho.

And, how about learning to embroider? This is one of the proposed activities. Here the tourist while learning to embroider, interacts with the girls group Crafts Beautiful Handmade and hear their stories of life.

In the Roadmap Inspiration and Expiration, also formatted by the project, tourists can relax in a theme suite and be lulled by the songs and charms of nature. Or, be based on local legends and the influence of Indian culture kadiwéu bonitense. The tour of the rum Taboa, local produce, and crafts made of recyclable products are also an attraction of the script.

The Experience Economy is developed by the Ministry of Tourism in partnership with the Sebrae and managed by the Institute Brand Brazil (IMB).

Photo: Andre Seale

Source: Mtur





Lagoon Misteriosa will be reopened

23 07 2009

Lagoa Misteriosa03

After three years if the appropriate governmental requirements, the Lagoon Misteriosa in Garden in the region of Bonito (MS) is to be reopened soon. In August, the owners come with application for environmental licensing to Imasul (Institute of Environment of Mato Grosso do Sul) and from there, expect the endorsement of the body.

Famous by the blue of its water and the visibility of 40 m, the lake will return to the area an open space for diving with cylinder. “Now, this method can be practiced in caves,” explains the director of tourism of Bonito, Clayton Gomes. On site, the limestone walls reflect the sunlight and water takes advantage on the rivers.

Lagoa Misteriosa02

“It is very transparent. From the inside, you still can see the canopy of trees,” says Regina Bonomini, which 16 years working as tourist guide in the region and celebrates the reopening of the Lake, known also by the depth.

The name comes from there. Why not have the funds available, was named Misteriosa. “The person who fell to the bottom was the most diver Gilberto de Menezes in 1998,” says Luiza Coelho, director of sustainability of the company that manages the site. Until today, nobody knows what is behind the 220 m he reached.

Lagoa Misteriosa01

For the public, the exploration of alternatives will start with the basics, the fluctuation. Snorkel and feet of ducks are the first choice for tourists know the place. The attraction is not the fish – there are only three species – but the aquatic plants, macrophytes and bryophytes, which seem to dance on the walls.

The diving sessions will be divided by levels of training of participants. From 21 m, for example, the instruction is required for diving in caves. The deepest will walk up to 60 m and professional mailings must be negotiated with the administration of the site, it says do not want to dive at high risk.

Photos: Marcelo Krauser

Source: Terra Turismo





Places to dive in brazil

26 06 2009
With over 4,600 miles of coastline, no wonder scuba diving is Brazil’s national pastime. There is one special place every Brazilian makes at least one pilgrimage to: Fernando de Noronha. Come and discover Brazil’s northeast coastline, the glistening coral reefs and wrecks of Recife and Fernando de Noronha, the island of the Forbidden, and its incredible marine life and resident dolphin community. In the interior, the Amazon river basin is abundant with jungle wildlife and plants from tiny orchids to towering trees. The best way to experience Amazon river area and the rainforest is the stay in one of the lodges that are devoted to preserving the natural environment. 

Bonito e Pantanal (MS)

The Pantanal is a vast wetlands with huge concentrations of exotic neotropical wild fauna. Located between the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso du Sul, the Pantanal is a great place to observe wildlife in their natural state.
In the state of Mato Grosso du Sul is Bonito with its incredibly clear rivers and freshwater caverns and caves for divers. Small accommodations that are part of working cattle ranches host travelers and divers. Your dive vessel here looks a lot like a tractor!

Amazon River Basin

Experience the Amazon, its unique, and often, endangered rainforest flora, fauna and cultures. The town of Manaus is the gateway to the Amazon jungle where the Amazon’s tributaries, the Rios Negro and Ariau, and Anavilhanas Creek snake their way into this ecological wonderland. Explore this region on foot, by small cruise ship, motor boat, canoe or on a fishing expedition, all with encyclopedic guides and overnight stays in comfortable lodges, ship cabins or rustic village accommodations. The world’s largest and most important river basin is a living greenhouse to over 10,000 varieties of plants and sanctuary to over 5,000 species of animals and birds. Take guided hiking trips beneath the canopy of the towering trees and cruise the waterways to discover the strange splendor of this exotic world.

Recife

The carefree beach culture that permeates Brazil’s soul was born here. Once fishermen’s village, today’s Recife is golden sand, colonial antiquities, and Carnival’s send-off spot. Cosmopolitan Recife, where baroque-style architecture and ruins of a colonial past coexist with recent developments is one of the great cities of Brazil. With beautiful churches, museums, forts and convents, excellent music and cuisine, Recife offers great touring as well as an unusual dive adventures. The city is name for the reef (Recife = reef) that has claimed ships from colonial days to today and now offers terrific wreck diving. The Atlantic Brazilian Current makes this a great party spot for concentrations of tropical and pelagic creatures. Twelve shipwrecks lie off the coast in warm, clear waters exhibiting a wealth of fish and corals, with excellent visibility and warm temperatures of 78ºF degrees. War galleons, steamships, tugs and barges date from 1887 to 1986, and await discovery. While in Recife, take time to visit Olinda. Built in the early 1500s, Olinda is one of the largest and best preserved Portuguese colonial towns. Bohemian quarters, art galleries, ornate churches, museums, cobblestone streets, shady squares and festive celebrations make up this historical city. There are a number of resort hotels dotting the coastline of Recife. If you’re heading out to Fernando de Noronha, you generally have to spend at least one night in Recife due to airline scheduling.

Fernando de Noronha

200 miles off the northeastern coast lies a mountainous archipelago made up of 21 islands which are sparsely populated and still the much the way it was when the Portuguese settled here in the 1500s. This National Marine Sanctuary is a heavenly retreat for divers and snorkelers. Due to its open ocean location, it provides pelagic fish and ocean mammals a wonderful refuge. The dive sites include shipwrecks, canyons, amazing volcanic rock and coral formations, a permanent wild dolphin colony, reef sharks, turtles, schooling barracudas and all kinds of rays and colorful fish. Cavort with 600 dolphins, the largest and oldest residential school of spinner dolphins in the world. Dive with juvenile sharks at Lage Dois Irmaos, a breeding and nursery area for fourteen species of reef sharks. The sharks come into this protected area to have their young and the newborn stay to play with divers until they are big enough to venture into the open ocean. You may also witness turtles being released into the wild. Explore the Ipiranga, a Brazilian Navy Corvete, a sunken Portuguese frigate and much, much more. The rock formations are brilliantly colored with encrusting sponges and provide a beautiful backdrop for each of your dives. Experience the warmth of the people staying in pousadas, small family-owned accommodations, with warm showers and family-style meals. Pousadas are classified into A-category or B-category, B-category being more standard.

Salvador Bahia

Salvador, the capital city of Bahia, lies on the beautiful All Saints Bay. A strong African influence comes from the slaves brought here to work in the sugarcane fields over 400 years ago. Multicolored homes, red-tiled roofs, wonderful markets and churches and twisting, narrow cobblestone streets make this an excellent place to visit. The state of Bahia has the longest coastline in the country making it appealing for all nautical sports. Among the fine dives you can do in the Salvador area is to visit the wreck of the Greek cargo ship, Cabo Artemides. The diving is best here between December to February when visibility is ideal.

Abrolhos

Ideal for diving, the Archipelago of Abrolhos, located 45 miles off the southern coast of the state of Bahia, boasts the largest group of cliffs with a great variety of coral and hydracorals. These rock formations harbor one of the largest, rarest and healthy coral reefs in the South Atlantic. Between June and December, the humpback whales, having mated near the equator, migrate to Abrolhos where you can scuba dive and snorkel with them.

Iguacú Falls

A side trip to Iguacú is a must on a Brazil adventure. The Iguacú River flows at amazing speeds over a dramatic ledge a mile and a half long. There are catwalks leading you through the mist to the falls and small boats navigating the bottom of the falls. There are a number of small hotels in this area to explore the falls from. 

Source: http://www.diveguide.com/braz-scuba.htm





Scuba Diving in Bonito-Brazil

8 07 2008

Know de subaquatic beauty of Bonito-MS/Brazil

www.scubadive.com.br/mergulho








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