CHAPADA DIAMANTINA Self Driving Tour
BONITO & PANTANAL 6 days, 5 nights
Campo Grande ↠ Bonito (3 nights) ↠ Pantanal (2 nights) ↠ Campo Grande
Forget the stress of everyday life, take a little break to spend a few days in fabulous landscapes !
Two nature sanctuaries, with unique beauty and biodiversity in the world, located 130 km away from each other...
Bonito is an ecotourism center whose main attractions are the natural landscapes, the dives with mask and snorkel in rivers of transparent waters, the waterfalls, the caves and dolines. In 2.5 days (3 nights), you will enjoy the best activities offered in Bonito, with accommodation in a comfortable pousada, with nice garden and swimming pool.
World Natural Heritage and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the Pantanal National Park has the richest fauna and flora in South America. But it is by entering the interior of the Pantanal lands that one discovers all its wealth, all its beauty and the countless good surprises it reserves for its visitors. This is what we offer with this immersion of 2 full days (2 nights) in a comfortable hotel-fazenda in the heart of the Pantanal. There, you will practice various exciting activities to better discover the fauna and flora of the region, an amazing life experience in the Pantanal mode that will remain engraved in your memory for ever...
* Snorkeling in a crystal-clear aquarium, with the feeling of flying among fish, animals and underwater plants
* Birdwatching in amazing places like Buraco das Araras
* Buoy or rafting descent on the river, adrenaline and fun in a wonderful natural environment
* Smooth hikes and beautiful waterfalls amid lush nature
* The Blue Lake Cave, a postcard from Bonito : intensely blue waters and beautiful speleothems from thousands of years
* 92m negative abseiling in Boca da Onça (optional), maximum adrenaline...
* Observation of South America's richest fauna and flora
* Day safari (4x4) to discover the wildlife and the beautiful plains of the Pantanal
* Night safari to observe and listen to night wildlife, focus on alligators…
* Horse or carriage ride, a pleasant, peaceful and safe way to immerse yourself in the exuberant nature of the Pantanal
* Kayak or motorboat ride on the river to discover the riverside vegetation, get closer to the wildlife...
* Cattle handling, to become a cowboy for a few hours, a pride forever
* Immersion in the life of the Pantaneiros, another unforgettable experience...
Campo Grande A - Bonito B + Activity around Bonito (330 km)
Activities around Bonito (80 km)
Activities around Bonito (60 km)
Bonito - Hotel-Fazenda in Pantanal C (245 km) + Activity in Pantanal
Activities in Pantanal
Activity in Pantanal + Hotel-Fazenda in Pantanal - Campo Grande A (195 km)
OPTIONS : PERMANENT GUIDE (with/without an Assistance Vehicle), PRIVATE DRIVER
This Self Driving Tour does NOT include a permanent guide and assistance vehicle, since our local partners are instructed to provide you with the best possible support and have never failed in their commitments, also because transfers by car are on clearly indicated and paved roads (except the section of dirt road between Aquidauana and the Hotel-fazenda in the Pantanal). You will have maps and GPS in the car, the same advanced logistics (vehicle rental, hotels, local guides, other means of transport,...), and a 24-hour hotline to resolve any unforeseen event.
However, as an option, those who wish can request to have a permanent guide, an additional budget will be sent as soon as possible. Depending on your choice, the permanent guide will board either an assistance vehicle or your vehicle (and even drive it !). In any case, as for our other Self Driving Tours, the permanent guide will drive the vehicle at the head of the convoy, manage any unforeseen event, translate conversations if necessary, take care of check-in and check-out in hotels, restaurant orders, access to tourist sites,... and obviously he will tell you about the regions crossed.
Also as an option, those who do not wish to drive can request to have only a private driver with a car during the whole trip, a budget will be sent as soon as possible.
Comfortable single, double, twin or triple suites or apartments with breakfast included and personalized customer service
Charming Hotels, Spas and Resorts in quiet and lovely areas, preferably surrounded by nature
History & Culture
Integrated with the Serra da Bodoquena National Park, Bonito is an ecotourism center whose main attractions are the natural landscapes, the dives in rivers of transparent waters, waterfalls, caves, caverns and dolines. Bonito has more than 4,000 species of plants, and its waters and rivers are home to more than 2,000 species of fish and aquatic.
HISTORICALLY, the 1st non Indian to discover the Bonito region, having also been his 1st clerk and notary, is Captain Luiz da Costa Leite Falcão, who arrives there in 1869, and acquires 10.5 leagues in the lands of Fazenda Rincão Bonito. In 1915, the District of Paz of Bonito is officially created, with an area separated from the Municipality of Miranda and administratively subordinated to it, but in 1943 it is annexed to the Federal territory of Ponta Porã as the District of Paz of Miranda, reintegrating into the state of Mato Grosso. In 1948, it becomes a Municipality, based in the city of Bonito, which in 1977 becomes part of the current state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
The origin of the Pantanal would result, not as was thought from the separation of the ocean millions of years ago, but from block failures during the Tertiary period. In a way, the Pantanal is an inland sea, with animals also present in the sea, but the wetland of the Pantanal is due to the slow drainage of the waters that flow through the region of the middle Paraguay.
HISTORICALLY, the Portuguese Aleixo Garcia was the first to visit the territory in 1524. Attracted by precious stones and metals, including gold, used as ornaments by indigenous people who already inhabited the region, he reached the Paraguay River through the Miranda River, arriving in the region of current city of Corumbá. In the following decades, several Spanish adventurers crossed the region : Juan Ayolas, Álvaro Nunes Cabeza de Vaca,... Between 1878 and 1930, Corumbá was the main commercial and river hub in Mato Grosso, but then lost its importance to Cuiabá and Campo Grande, until the division of states in 1977.