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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Mato Grosso do Sul activities

$979 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!

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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.

$2804.15 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.

$5999 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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Southern Cross Eastbound - Lima to Rio

From the Nazca Lines and the heights of Incan archaeology to the beach at Ipanema, this 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, thundering Iguassu Falls, and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. In the thin air of the Andes, trek the challenging Inca Trail to legendary Machu Picchu. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this one's got it all!

$3699 Classic

Atlantic to the Andes Experience

Dense rainforests, the towering peaks of the Andes, the seemingly endless and reflective salt flats — when we say the range of scenery on this 25-day tour is dizzying we’re not embellishing. Begin in Rio de Janeiro and head west where Iguassu Falls and an array of active activities you can do on your own during free time. Discover the wildlife of the Pantanal wetlands and climb aboard some local buses to see how to get from point A to B South American style. It’s not just where you stop that matters, it’s how many life-changing moments you’ll have along the way.

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