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Bonito: Prata River Snorkeling

1. Bonito: Prata River Snorkeling

Begin your tour with a pleasant walk through the riparian forest of the Olho d'Água and Prata rivers. Set off down an interpretative trail protected by an RPPN: Private Natural Heritage Reserve. Pass through centenary trees, orchids, and bromeliads, and keep your eyes peeled for several species of birds and many mammals, such as coati, capuchin monkeys, and anteaters. Upon arrival at the source of the Olho d'Água River, a huge natural pool of crystal clear waters, the guide will help everyone to equip themselves with a mask and snorkel. Practice floating to explore the surroundings before beginning your descent of the river. Then, let the soft current take you down the river and peek at an underwater world inhabited by dozens of species of fish and aquatic plants. Shoals of piraputangas, dourados, curimbatás, piaus, matogrossinhos, and other Pantanal fish are some of your likely companions. Drift for about 2 kilometers until the meeting of the Olho D'Água and Rio da Prata rivers. When you return to the farmhouse, savor a delicious lunch, typical from the Mato Grosso region. Sample homemade jams and the famous local sweet doce de leite. To relax after the adventure, take a stroll in the farmhouse and contemplate nature.

Bonito: Nascente Azul Lake Snorkeling & Activities

2. Bonito: Nascente Azul Lake Snorkeling & Activities

Choose a guided tour in Spanish, English or Portuguese, or simply purchase the admission ticket only.   Start the tour with a hike along a suspended trail. Within the first 300m, come across a beautiful waterfall of limestone tufts. Walk along the trail until you reach the Blue Spring where there is a natural phenomenon called mirroring, a spectacle of nature that reflects in the translucent water with a spectacular turquoise tone. After 300 m, arrive at a section where you can snorkel through the Nascente Azul complex. Enjoy numerous attractions including a circuit of suspended bridges over the water, zip lines, a beach with kiosks, a waterfall, swimming pool, changing rooms, bar service, and restaurant. Have fun at Aqualokko, a sensational ride consisting of suspension bridges, floating rafts, climbing poles and a fun zip line over the lake.

Bonito: Lago Azul Cave Tour

3. Bonito: Lago Azul Cave Tour

Contemplate The Lago Azul Cave, one of the most beautiful places in the city of Bonito. Learn about the site's historical importance, which makes the experience even more impressive. Begin the tour with a 300m walk to the entrance of the cave. After descending the staircase, see an enchanting lake with intensely bluish tones and beautiful framed speleothems which are thousands of years old. Find out why the Lago Azul Cave is one of the most important caves in the national speleological heritage. It was listed as a Natural Monument in 1978 by IPHAN-National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute.  At the end of the tour, visit the snack bar and gift shop.

Pantanal North: 3, 4 or 5-Day Package in Standard Lodge

4. Pantanal North: 3, 4 or 5-Day Package in Standard Lodge

Discover the Pantanal North without worrying about anything else with an all-inclusive lodge package. Benefit from the inclusion of accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and several tours to learn about the wildlife of the region. DAY 1 Pickup in Cuiabá, and transfer to the Pantanal wetlands along the Transpantaneira motorway, heading to the lodge near Poconé. The transfer can last up to 3 hours. Upon your arrival in the Pantanal, be amazed by this 77,220 square mile area full of life and nature, much of it untouched by humans. You can ask for photo stops during this ride. Check into your lodge which has rooms with air conditioning, a fan and minibar, as well as a recreation area with a swimming pool, dining room, and a hammock area. You will be received with welcome juices and will have a lodge presentation. Soon after, you will have a fun walk to know one of the lodge's trails. After dinner, you will do a night trail to observe animals with nocturnal habits. DAY 2 After breakfast, enjoy a horseback ride through the farm fields accompanied by the local guide, observing the Pantanal fauna and flora. In the afternoon, leave on a boat trip with the possibility of viewing birds and mammals all the way. DAY 3 After breakfast, depart for a trail where you will walk and observe all the fauna and flora of the region. Soon after lunch, check out and depart for Cuiabá. For the 4- or 5-day options, the afternoon activity will start after lunch with a Transpantaneira tour and a night safari. DAY 4 Departing at 5:00 am for the dawn of the birds, join a rowing kayak tour where you will enjoy the sunrise and the sounds of birds in the nest, before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After that, you can go on a small animal observation trail or dive in a natural swimming pool on the Rio Claro. Enjoy lunch before checking out for a return to Cuiabá. For 5-day options, the afternoon activity will start after lunch with a visit to an observation tower, where you will enjoy the beautiful Pantanal sunset. DAY 5 Enjoy a birding bike ride on a private road from the lodge, to observe the surroundings, or have a free morning. After lunch and check out, you will return to Cuiabá.

Amazonas: Boat Ride with a Local Amazonian

5. Amazonas: Boat Ride with a Local Amazonian

See over a hundred houses floating on a lake, built on logs of a local tree that lasts for over 50 years in the water. Visit a "Pirarucu" fish farm, navigate through the flooded forest, known as "Igapó" and discover the phenomenon of two rivers meeting together. Enjoy beautiful scenery, while passing by boat at the same level of the canopy of some trees, with rivers reaching over 15 meters high. Visit a "Pirarucu" fish farm of the largest fish, reaching over two meters long and as heavy 250 kilos. Play with these river monsters with a fishing rod (without hook, so you don't harm them) and have fun, while feeling the power of their bite. Marvel at one of the most impressive and intriguing world phenomenons, when two rivers, so different in color, velocity, temperature and density run side by side without mixing their waters. Be invited to touch the waters, while passing from one river to the other and feel the clear difference of temperature. Return to your hotel after this great experience, with unforgettable memories.

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What people are saying about Central-West Region Brazil

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Wilton is a great guide and has her own little boat. He knows and loves his city and the Amazon region. The tour with him is much better than with organized large groups. He knows people everywhere and shows the peculiarities. He is a professional, totally trustworthy guide. He also speaks English, I can't judge how well, because we spoke Portuguese.

It was wonderful and very amazing. Swim with the fish and into the forest. Our guide was very professional and helpfull.

It was a great trip. Very knowledgeable and experienced guides. Made me feel at home in Manaus.