Introducing Mato Grosso Do Sul
Mato Grosso do Sul was created in 1977 when the military government decided it would be the best way to administer and develop such a large region (cynics claimed it was to provide more high-paying bureaucratic jobs for cronies). But even before the split, the area had a different economic and social makeup from the northern Mato Grosso.
In the late 19th century, many migrants from the south and southeast of Brazil arrived in the area, so the south has a greater number of smaller farms and a much more intensive agriculture when compared to the large farms and ranches in the north. All this is thanks to the rich, red earth, known as terra roxa.
The wealth created by the terra roxa has helped develop the state’s modern agricultural sector. The main crop is soy, but there’s also lots of corn, rice and cotton production and cattle farms. Mato Grosso do Sul also contains two-thirds of the Pantanal and the Serra da Bocaina, two wonderful natural areas that are popular with both Brazilian and foreign travelers.
Rio to Buenos Aires
Get a taste of the infectious rhythm of Brazil and Argentina on this awesome tour from Rio to Buenos Aires. Take in the vast Pantanal wetlands and the spectacular Iguazu Falls, see amazing natural wonders, explore small historic towns and spend time relaxing in comfort near the ocean.