No wonder that Bonito is considered one of the best ecotourism destinations of Brazil. Its crystal clear waters, the result of the presence of large amounts of limestone, invite you to dive, float, relax and practice sports while being surrounded by nature and thousands of fish, which can be seen even without masks and diving equipment. All with lots of organization, security and limit to the number of tourists allowed (so book your tours in advance!), so that the experience is even more unforgettable.
With all this infrastructure, the most difficult task will be to decide what to do there. After all, where else can you bathe in rivers and waterfalls, explore grottos and ancient caves, see the flora and fauna of a portion of Brazil which mixes together Cerrado and Atlantic Forest and also enjoy the culinary delights, like the piraputanga fish baked in a wood-fired oven, the surprising alligator pastel and the refreshing guavirapopsicle?
Gruta do Lago Azul is the postcard of Bonito. Start your tour with it, and visit one of the largest flooded pits on the planet. After the 100 meters descent, you will find a crystal-clear lake which, thanks to the light refraction, is completely blue. Its depth is not known, but it is estimated that the place is about 60 million years old. In these waters fossils of prehistoric animals have been found, such as the giant sloth and the saber-toothed cat.
Tired? No? Then go on a floating tour and watch the incredible variety of fish and the beauty of the underwater fauna. There are many places that are suitable for the activity, such as the Sucuri River, the Natural Aquarium and Nascente Azul.
In Bonito, nature never becomes tired of enthralling and showing itself in different ways. Horseback riding is just another way of discovering the exuberance of this incredible region. In the Rio Formoso Ecological Park, there are attractions for all tastes and ages. And also floating tours, buoy-cross and many other activities.
In the afternoon, a great option is to enjoy the beautiful Lagoa Misteriosa. The attraction is ideal for diving with a cylinder, both for experienced divers and for beginners, who can have their first diving experience there.
Upon returning to the city, recover your energy by tasting the regional delicacies at one of the many local restaurants.
To end the trip, we suggest leaving for the last day the most amazing attraction of Bonito. A cave located 23 km from the city, Abismo Anhumas looks like one of those sceneries taken directly from a film, for it is truly beautiful. Entering and leaving it is done through abseiling only, in a descent of more than 70 m that leads to a hidden paradise of clear waters. Those who wish to can also dive in them with a cylinder, to enjoy once more the wonders of Bonito.