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    BONITO : CAVE TRIPS

    by swesn Written Nov 30, 2006

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    If you are more of a sedentary person, not quite up for abseils and snorkellings, there are still many cave tours to join. The options are all available from the hostel so you can flip through the selection and find one that suits you.

    The cave I visited was Gruta Lago Azul (Blue Lake Cave). At first, from afar, the water did not blue at all. But as we walked further and further into the cave, the water in the cave became more and more blue. It was eerie and impossible.

    There were huge rocks and fallen logs at the bottom of the lake. At first, we figured they were perhaps at a depth of 3 or 4 metres. But the guide told us the huge rock was like 25 metres deep and the fallen log was 12 metres deep!! I was just blown away!

    25 metres?!?!? Yet, we could we could see it so clearly. Incredible.

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    BONITO : ABISMO DE ANHUMAS

    by swesn Written Nov 30, 2006

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    For this, you would be tethered to a rope and you have to descend 72m down into a cavern. Surrounded by stalactities of various formations, blahblahblah.

    Once you have landed on the pontoon, you change into a wetsuit and jump into the subterranean lake. What you see would be utterly out-of the-world!! The silence, the strange cones that come out from nowhere, the inky bottomless pit, etc... I felt as if I was floating in space.

    I was with a friend on this trip. When we both returned to the hostel and someone asked us how the trip went, we just gapped with our mouths opened, unable to utter a single word, with silly grins on our faces. It was incredible, beyond words.

    However, I must state that you must not have a fear of heights for this trip. A friend who wanted to go with us gave up during the practice abseil the night before (on a 20m wall). And even if you have no fear of heights (which I generally don't), I was still a bit scared to look into the lake and not see the bottom. Just a bit of warning. But try to do this.

    Truly the experience that qualifies for the tag : the most surreal and out-of-the-world experience!!

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    BONITO : RIO DA PRATA

    by swesn Written Nov 30, 2006

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    Usually, you snorkel in the ocean, but here, you snorkel in the river.

    And because fresh underground water is bubbling from the ground into the river, the water is so crystal clear (no colours at all) you can see up to 50m straight ahead. No ocean snorkelling can provide you with such views.

    You can see all the rocks, fallen logs, fishes (schools of them, tiny ones, plate-sized ones, hundreds of colours... just right next to you). As there is a current, you don't need to swim much. In fact, sometimes, you may have to hold on to logs and backpaddle just to slow yourself down. At one point, the river is so narrow and the current so strong, you have to keep your arms to the side and torpedo through at an amazing speed, twisting your body here and there.

    This is one of the most exhilirating snorkelling experience I had ever experienced and one that is surrounded by such astounding nature!

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    GROTA DO LAGO AZUL

    by schurlif Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    I have to admit straight from the beginning that I passed on this one..... I wasn't into much of a good form that morning and had the wrong shoes on....Starting to descend to the Blue Lake I kept on slipping on the wet stones on the way and as the path got steeper and steeper , I got weaker and weaker and shaky untill I just stopped , sat down on a dry stone lit a cigarette and sent Camila to have a look by herself at the lake way down below..... I had made about one third of the descent and later went through another drama climbing all this up again..... Camila had no such problems , she said the lake was very nice but basically the whole thing was a fitness test...... Still , if you feel up to it , do your morning exercises and visit the Blue Lake , it supposedly is worth the effort.....
    Well , as I didn't make it way down the crop of my pictures is only basically from way up at the entrance of the cave.....

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    WHERE THE MACAWS LIVE

    by schurlif Written Nov 15, 2005

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    As mentioned on the Intro page , not far from Bonito , in a completely flat area , for tectonic or other geological reasons that I have to admit are not to my knowledge , a pretty much round piece of land with about 300 meters radius collapsed hundreds of years ago ( as weird as the circles in the wheatfields...) and formed an enormous maybe 50 or 80 meter deep abyss.....
    This place was then discovered by the numerous populations of red green ( in this case also with partially blue tails ) macaws in the area which chose to build their nests and breed there.... On a good day when you stand at the rim of the "crater" , you can see dozens , if not more than 200 macaws in the wild.... landing on the sidewalls, flying restlessly in circles , making an infernal noise but also quietly sitting in pairs next to each other on tree branches , shmoozing , playing and having a generally good time.....
    Go and visit them , they'll put a nice show on , just for you.....

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    FEED THE BEAST

    by schurlif Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    Ready to go out.....
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    Here we go ... or rather here he comes......

    Mr. Alligator going out for brunch....... he seems to be good humored judging from this wily smile ( picture # 1 ).....

    On picture # 2 he's got this funny look.... almost as if he was thinking of how to get a free bite out of this delicious snack..... He even looks more like your common lizard than a dangerous alligator...

    Picture # 3 : Yep !! Got you !! And I won't let go so soon anymore..!! Do you really think you can play these funny games with me..??

    Picture # 4 , a bit out of focus but it doesn't matter..... Mr. Alligator in retreat with the full looty prey in his throat......

    Picture # 5... End of story... Camila in a restaurant showing the menu pointing out the speciality of the house... Cooked Alligator !!! In some kind of green sauce.... don't ask me.... She had some and loved it... I stuck to my beefsteak..... I'm quite adventurous too... but that night I wasn't too much into this kind of new experience....But you may like to taste some... available in many Bonito restaurants....

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    TOURIST CALL HOME

    by schurlif Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    ( making a word joke referring to Steven Spielbergs film from the early 80 ies , "ET ", the Extraterrestrial stranded on Earth trying to call home for help.....)

    Now , Bonito would be just a nice place to get stranded but I certainly wouldn't call home for help... But if you forgot your cell phone at home and needed to call urgently , there are many public coin ( or telephone card ) telephones all over the city.....

    So what ??.....

    Have a look and see what a nice public pay telephone could look like...... They're so nice in Bonito that you might even want to call home for no special reason , just to use one of these for once.....

    Am I right..??

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    THE BONITO WATERFALLS

    by schurlif Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    Bonito and surroundings are full of rivers and creeks and these are full of small and beautifull waterfalls. We took extensive walks and hikes through hilly forests which was some sacrifice for me because I was the oldest in the group and being a smoker I was soon out of breath and way back...... Still, I somehow made it and got as reward a nice shower under a fairy tale waterfall behind which I could also "hide" myself..... Camila , as usual , looking cute being a decoration for the waterfalls or vice versa.....
    Enchanting places with nearly surreal climate , captivating for almost everybody.....
    At a certain point there was a chance to easily climb unto tree branches , moving to the edges holding on to other higher branches and jumping from 7 to 10 meters height into the river below.... Some of our group members did just that , Camila and I passed.... we were too chicken..... But I'm sure it must have been some adrenaline pushing great adventure......

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    Gruta do Lago Azul

    by Sam_Hall Written Mar 16, 2004

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    This is a natural cave that has been there for many years. The tours leave to walk to the caves every haf an hour. Its quite an exhausting walk as the steps are slippery and very steep. The walk takes you right down to the water which is a beautiful shade of blue.

    Its worth seeing even if you are very tired at the end.

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    Balneario Municipal

    by Sam_Hall Written Mar 16, 2004

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    Fish anyone?

    This place is more like a park. There are a few bar and snack places. The main attraction point though is the river running through the park. The water is crystal clear and there are loads of fish, all very large. If you are not such a strong swimmer there is also a store that will hire life jackets.

    This places is great to come to for an afternoon of rest relaxation.

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    Scuba - Apnea - Snorkel

    by RafaGoes Written Oct 1, 2003

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    Natural pool, for sure !

    Once in Bonito, don´t leave without having the unique experience of its amazing rivers... so just go for it and do sorkel, a scuba ... but please, do it and you´ll see why lot of people say about how special bonito is....
    some spots i would recomend...hummm hard to say, but Lagoa Misteriosa (Passo do Cure), Abismo Anhumas, Rio da Prata, Aquario are top, but there´s much more , ...

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    Best time to go

    by nandaneves Written Apr 30, 2003

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    You can visit Bonito anytime of the year, but the ideal is between december and march, during the rain period, because of the greenish vegetation and the animals show up for the food, and the waterfalls are prettier.

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    Boca da Onça tracks

    by nandaneves Written Apr 30, 2003

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    Fascinating! That can describe this traject through the bushes and the most beautiful waterfalls and clear-water rivers. There's this two natural swimming-pools: Poço da Lontra pit and Boca da Onça waterfall which is 156 meters tall. Many spots to swim along the Salobra river. In the middle of the traject there's this place to eat and rest a litlle bit before you go back. You can also go down rock climbing a 90 meters vertical rock wall. That's very exciting!

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    BALNEARIO DO SOL

    by janaina Written Feb 25, 2003

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    "THE SUN" beach,a popular place for swim,dive,or just enjoy the atmosphere.
    Also has big bbq areas and restaurants.
    It has many small waterfalls around!
    Here I tryed the "TIROLESA",and I really was surprised how refreshing it is!!

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    MUNICIPAL BEACH

    by janaina Written Feb 25, 2003

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    "Balneario Municipal",only 7km from Bonito,also a place for a day trip,no need for guides!
    In this place,Formoso River gets a shape of "S",and here you can see thousands of collored and beautiful fishes,all sizes and kinds,just by taking a look at its cristaline waters!!
    PICTURE:FORMOSO RIVER FALLS
    It's better to visit on weekdays,weekends the place is very popular among the inhabitants and gets very crowed!
    In the deep side of the "S",it's the point for a good snorkle dive,you can enjoy your stay there with the magic companion of the fishes!
    This beach has lifeguards,restaurants and bbq areas,and an area with chairs a beautiful garden where you can enjoy your sunbath!

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