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Reviewed on 31 May 2021
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Embark on thrilling eco-adventures with your family as you explore this state’s dramatic rock formations, intriguing caves and gorgeous rivers. Mato Grosso do Sul is known for its spectacular terrain comprising a large part of the Pantanal wetlands. Indigenous tribes populated the area until the 18th century in this state, which offers an unspoiled and lesser-known alternative to the beach havens on the coast. Go scuba diving and rafting on the bright blue rivers that meander through this picturesque province.
Get an insight into the local culture with a stay in the state capital of Campo Grande. This eclectic metropolis blends a streetscape of traditional shops lining wide boulevards and modern towers and amenities. Dine at restaurants serving culinary fusions that mirror the influences of Bolivian, Japanese and Lebanese migration. The Feira Central open-air market and the Parque das Nações Indígenas are among the highlights.
Explore the wetlands of the famous Pantanal, a UNESCO site fed by 175 rivers. Visit during the dry season, from May to September. Take tours with boats and jeeps from the hubs of Coxim, Corumbá and Aquidauana. Spot jaguars, crocodiles and other fearsome creatures in these marshes. Charming colonial ranches where you can stay the night are dotted along the riverbanks.
Move southeast to the town of Bonito, which is an ideal base to explore the Serra da Bodoquena mountain range. It contains ecological parks offering activities, such as snorkeling, rafting and zip lining. Get around the parks on horseback. Delve into underwater caves to see a range of colourful fish. Among the highlights is the Blue Lake Cave.
Go fishing in the peaceful riverside towns of Porto Murtinho, Três Lagoas and Aparecida do Taboado.
The state is on the border with Paraguay and Bolivia in the Central-West Region of Brazil. Fly to one of the international airports of Campo Grande, Corumbá or Ponta Porã. Get around the state with long-haul buses and car rentals. Note that a yellow fever vaccination is recommended, before entering the state.
With its scenic wetlands, mountain ranges and rivers, Mato Grosso do Sul is emerging as a top destination for outdoor activities.