Mato Grosso do Sul Vacation Packages

Eco-tourism adventures amid one of Brazil’s most spectacular natural settings await in this state in the Central-West Region.

Gear up for vacations in the lap of unblemished scenery in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Discover dramatic mountain ranges, sunken caves, sapphire-colored rivers and the vast wetlands of the Pantanal. Embark on ecotourism activities, such as rafting and scuba diving, and spot a fascinating array of exotic wildlife. Inhabited by indigenous tribes up until the 18th century, today Mato Grosso do Sul is fast becoming a popular tourist destination yet is still somewhat off the beaten trail.

Located in the geographical heart of the state is its burgeoning capital, Campo Grande. Wander the wide avenues, where modern skyscrapers tower above traditional shops. Delve into the city’s culinary scene, which blends the flavors of indigenous groups and migrants from Bolivia, Japan and Lebanon, among other nations. Eat, drink and shop at Feira Central, an open-air marketplace, and escape the city bustle at Parque das Nações Indígenas.

The Pantanal, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve fed by some 175 rivers, stretches across the state’s northeastern region and into Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. Join boat and Jeep tours of the wetlands at Aquidauana, Corumbá and Coxim. Marvel at the aquatic flora and go in search of anacondas, crocodiles, jaguars and macaws. Stay overnight at fazendas, colonial-era ranches set on the riverfronts.

Travel southeast from Campo Grande to Bonito, nestled in the foothills of the Serra da Bodoquena. This is widely considered to be Brazil’s foremost destination for ecotourism. Go horseback riding, rafting, snorkeling and zip lining at ecological parks. Marvel at the multicolored fish while diving in underwater caves, including the Blue Lake Cave.

Elsewhere in the state, you can go fishing at riverside towns such as Aparecida do Taboado, Porto Murtinho and Três Lagoas. Rio Verde do Mato Grosso is the jumping off point for the Sete Quedas waterfalls.

Buses depart regularly from Campo Grande to Mato Grosso do Sul’s towns and attractions. Reach Campo Grande itself by flying from most major Brazilian cities. The dry season, from May to September, is the optimum time to visit the Pantanal. Bear in mind that a yellow fever vaccination is recommended for those visiting the state.

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