Welcome to Mato Grosso do Sul


In the late 19th century, many migrants from southeastern Brazil arrived in the area, so Mato Grosso do Sul has a greater number of smaller farms and much more intensive agriculture compared to the large ranches in the north. All this is thanks to the rich red earth, known as terra roxa, which has generated wealth and a modern agricultural sector. The main crop is soy, but there’s also corn, rice, cotton and cattle. The region also encompasses two-thirds of the Pantanal and the Serra da Bocaina, two wonderful natural areas.


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$781 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Pantanal & Bonito Experience

Day 1: Campo Grande Departure  to the Pantanal (L/D)Please make your way to Campo Grande bus station for your transfer to Pantanal. You will be taken to your wetland lodge accommodation. After a warm welcome by the friendly staff, get settled and check out the list of activities you can do over the next few days.*Note: Optional Campo Grande accommodation pick-up available*Note: We recommend arriving for the 10:00am departure to be able to participate in as many activities possible. If you choose to departe later, you will not have time for activities.Days 2-3: Pantanal Activities (2B/2L/2D)Throughout your stay in Pantanal, you will enjoy meals as you join in to a variety of activities. There will be boat trips along the river, night safari by boat, horseback riding, fishing for Piranha, walking tours, jeep safaris, alligator spotting and canoeing. No matter what you do you are sure to have fun! Make sure you are camera-ready as during your excursions within this large freshwater floodplain, you will get plentiful opportunities to observe native wildlife such as alligators, capybaras, armadillos, jaguars and a wide variety of birds.*Note: Your guide will help you organise the activities you participate in and they are subject to availability and weather conditions.Day 4: Transfer Pantanal to Bonito (B)Say goodbye to the Pantanal, and continue to the beautiful eco-tourism destination of Bonito that will take you by surprise with its incredible natural wonders. Bonito is the perfect place for nature trips in Brazil because of its hundreds of waterfalls, crystalline water lakes and rivers, more than 80 caves - flooded droughts and grottos, rocky walls, and an abundance of fish and other wild animals.Day 5: Free Day in BonitoTake a free day in Bonito to explore the spectacular fresh water rivers where you can snorkel with giant fish and swim in natural springs. Hop on a bike and head over to enjoy the sun and warmth of the region by relaxing at the municipal pools. Take an optional day trip to see macaws and parrots in their natural habitat in a huge sinkhole in the jungle. All of these activities are optional and on your own. We leave it up to you to choose what you want to do because there are so many options!Day 6: Transfer Bonito to Campo GrandeToday you will get a transfer back to Campo Grande, you will be picked up from your accommodation at 10:30 a.m. Say goodbye to this incredible region of Brazil as your trip comes to an end. On the way back, admire your beautiful pictures and get ready to brag to your friends about this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

$1790 Cultural & Theme Tours

Wonders of Brazil

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival in Rio de JaneiroPass By: RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International AirportUpon arrival at Rio de Janeiro's international airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel.The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your leisure, either relaxing at your hotel or exploring the city.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* hotel in Rio de Janeiro (BEST WESTERN Plus Copacabana Design Hotel or similar)Day 2: Rio de Janeiro to Ilha GrandePass By: Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de JaneiroWe will pick you up at your hotel in Rio de Janeiro to take you to Angra dos Reis, to get the boat to Ilha Grande.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Ilha Grande (Pousada Borbas or similar)Day 3: Free Day in Ilha GrandePass By: Parque da Ilha GrandeFree day to explore Ilha GrandeMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Ilha Grande (Pousada Borbas or similar)Day 4: Ilha Grande to ParatyPass By: Ilha Grande State Park, Angra Dos Reis, State of Rio de JaneiroWe will pick you up at Ilha Grande to take you to your hotel in Paraty.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Paraty (Pousada do Principe or similar)Day 5: Free Day In ParatyPass By: Porto ParatyFree day to explore Paraty.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Paraty (Pousada do Principe or similar)Day 6: Free Day In ParatyPass By: Porto ParatyFree day to explore ParatyMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Paraty (Pousada do Principe or similar)Day 7: Paraty and Rio de Janeiro to Foz do IguaçuPass By: Porto ParatyWe will pick you up at your hotel in Paraty to take you to the Rio de Janeiro Airport, to get your flight to Foz do Iguaçu (flight not included).Pass By: RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International AirportFlight to Foz de Iguassu (not included)Stop At: FOZ DE IGUAÇUOnce in Foz do Iguaçu, we will take you to your hotel and, afterwards, to have the Tour to the Brazilian side of the Falls.When we arrive at the Visitor Center, we’ll kick off the trip around the park by leading you to one of the tour cars. We’ll then drive to the main paths which stretch over 1,200m of the park and sit above the Iguazu river. From here, you’ll get a panoramic view of the Argentine side of the falls: the perfect spot to take some photos.Continuing along this route, you’ll get to see the Cañón del Río Iguazú, Salto Rivadavia, Tres Mosqueteros and many others. Towards the end of the route, you’ll also see the lower part of the river and the impressive Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Gorge). The walkway ends beside Salto Floriano, from where you can take either a number of stairs or an elevator straight down to the car park.We will be back at the hotel in the afternoon. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a 3* hotel in Foz de Iguassu (Viala Hotel or Similar).Day 8: Foz do Iguaçu - Iguaçu Falls Argentinian sideStop At: Parque Nacional Iguazu, Puerto Iguazu, Province of Misiones, LitoralAfter breakfast, we will pick you up to enjoy a tour to the Iguaçu Falls at the Argentina side. Visit the Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world, in this unique full day tour. You will tour the Argentinian Side of the Falls which contains an 80% of the total jumps of the falls.This amazing place was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7th Wonders of Nature.In this subtropical forest area you’ll see an incredible variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies, as well as the diverse native species of flora and fauna.Once we’re through the entrance, we’ll head on to the main station (‘Estación Central’) where we will hop on a train to the falls station (‘Estación Cataratas’) and the Devil’s Gorge station(‘Estación Garganta del Diablo). Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a 3* hotel in Foz de Iguassu (Viala Hotel or Similar).Day 9: Foz do Iguaçu - Campo Grande - BonitoPass By: Foz do Iguaçu International AirportWe will pick you up at your hotel in Foz do Iguaçu to take you to the Airport, to get your flight to Campo Grande (flight not included)Pass By: Campo Grande International AirportWe will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in BonitoPass By: Bonito MSThe rest of the day is free to explore the city.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Bonito (Pousada do Peralta or similar).Day 10: Free Day in BonitoPass By: Aquario de Bonito, Bonito, State of Mato Grosso do SulFree day to explore Bonito.Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul, is one of the main ecotourism and adventure tourism destinations in Brazil with its clear-water rivers and colorful fishes contrasting against the deep greens of the native vegetation. In Bonito, attractions such as the Blue Lake and the Mimoso Caves, the Natural Aquarium and the Sucuri River are notorious for their beauty and will provide you with tranquility and contact with nature. Rafting, flotation in small natural lakes, treetop walking, waterfalls, caves, tracking and diving are some of the many options of entertainment.The local fauna is rich and expressive, composed of many bird species.We truly recommend to take optional activities available like snorkeling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Bonito (Pousada do Peralta or similar).Day 11: Free Day in BonitoPass By: Aquario de Bonito, Bonito, State of Mato Grosso do SulFree day to explore Bonito.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Bonito (Pousada do Peralta or similar).Day 12: Bonito to Pantanal SulPass By: Pousada AguapeWe will pick you up at your hotel in Bonito to take you to the hotel in Pantanal Sul.Afterwards enjoy a tour that will be schedule by the lodge according to your time available. It can be ahorse riding, hiking, photo safari, motor boat trip on the river Aquidauana, sports piranhas fishing in the bay, night focus, handling of cale, cart ride - all accompanied by local guide.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Pantanal (Pousada Aguape or similar).Day 13: Pantanal SulPass By: Pousada AguapeAfter breakfast enjoy a tour that will be provided by the lodge.Depending on the scheduled activities, you can chose between horse riding, hiking, photo safari, motor boat trip on the river Aquidauana, night focus, handling of cale, cart ride - all accompanied by local guide.Lunch will be served at 12 pm, after that you will be able to enjoy another tour starting at 02:30 pm.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at a Lodge in Pantanal (Pousada Aguape or similar).Day 14: Pantanal Sul - Campo Grande - Rio de JaneiroPass By: Campo Grande International AirportWe will pick you up at your lodge in Pantanal to take you to the Campo Grande Airport, to get your flight to Rio de Janeiro (flight not included).Pass By: RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International AirportOnce in Rio de Janeiro, we will take you to your selected hotel and, afterwards, have the rest of the day free to explore the city.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a 3* hotel in Rio de Janeiro (BEST WESTERN Plus Copacabana Design Hotel or similar).Day 15: Rio de JaneiroPass By: RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International AirportAfter breakfast you will picked up from your hotel and transferred to Rio de Janeiro International Airport.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$85 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Natural Aquarium Admission Ticket in Bonito

Visit: Aquario Natural, Bonito, State of Mato Grosso do SulDuring the Floating in the Natural Aquarium, the visitor will have the opportunity to see several fish, animals and a lot of underwater vegetation; you can also enjoy the stop at the Rio Formoso and, with luck, see the animals in the enclosures of the animal trail

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Andes to the Atlantic Experience

From the heights of the Bolivian Andes to the sands of Ipanema, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Bolivia and Brazil—a vibrant cross-section of South America.

$2399.20 Classic

Wonders of Brazil

From the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty to remote interior wilderness, uncover the wonders of Brazil in two exciting weeks. Experience Iguassu Falls — a series of falls so massive it straddles two countries and so intriguing you'll need two days to fully appreciate the view. Not to be outdone, the Pantanal wetlands are teeming with wildlife like caiman, jaguar, and exotic birds. Finally, trade early morning songbirds for some samba in Rio and the rhythm of the beach. This adventure provides natural and cultural highlights and the best Brazil has to offer.

$4799.20 Classic

Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima

From the sands of Copacabana to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers have. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia — a vibrant cross-section of South America.

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