Welcome to Mato Grosso do Sul
In the late 19th century, many migrants from the south and southeast of Brazil arrived in the area, so Mato Grosso do Sul has a greater number of smaller farms and 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 encompasses two-thirds of the Pantanal and the Serra da Bocaina, two wonderful natural areas that are popular with both Brazilian and foreign travelers.