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

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Speleological Tourism in Brazil

28 06 2010

São MigueL and Lago Azul Grottoes : The grottoes of the Bodoquena range are impressive. The stalactites produce thousands of colored reflections in the waters of the lake. The region offers many attractions in the form of trails and diving options.

Goiás: The caves and grottos of  Terra Ronca attract speleologist, tourists and adventures who go there to enjoy the natural beauty, flora, fauna and the rivers of crystal clear water that form subterranean lakes, and the enormous internal spaces of the caverns marked by the presence of stalactites and stalagmites. Thre is enormous biodiversity and over 150 species of birds and 50 species of mammals have been recorded in the area.RoncaTerra

São PauloAlto Ribeira State Tourism Park (PETAR): Alto Ribeira, one of the oldest parks in the state of São Paulo, occupying an area of 35,712 hectares, conserves and protects the rich natural heritage of the region of Alto Ribeiro represented by the important biodiversity of the remaining stands of Atlantic Forest. There are also palaeontological, architectural and historical sites and one of Brazil’s most important speleological formations with over 250 registered caverns. Several of the caverns can be visited but the use of safety equipment is obligatory.

Photo: Divulgation

Source: Embratur





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





Floating in the River Plate is featured in magazine argentina

22 02 2010

The magazine named “Places” of Argentina published in its issue of December last year the fate of Bonito (MS) as an important ecotourism to meet in Brazil.

Journalist Carolina Reymundo in the company of photographer Fernando Dvoski met the Abyss Anhums, the Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata in Jardim (MS), met the Blue Lake Cave, among other tourist attractions.

 





Operator Dive in Bonito publish video on your website

17 02 2010

 

The operator of Scuba Diving Dive Cayman, located in Bonito (MS) published on its internet site a new video about diving in some tourist attractions in the region such as: Mysterious Lagoon, Rio de la Plata, Rio Formoso, Anhumas Abyss, Grotto Grout.