Gruta do Lago Azul – Grotto of the Blue Lagoon
One of the must see wonders of Bonito, Brazil is Gruta do Lago Azul. Discovered in 1924, this cave has an interior lake of undetermined depth that is believed to be fed by an underground river. Prehistoric animal fossils dating back to the Pleistocene period have been discovered here.
Early morning – nobody around besides us and some curious cows
Since the 300 steps down can be a bit slippery in spots, shoes with good traction are a must. The stylish helmets were provided by the tour operators.
Rustic steps and handrails zigzag down.
Morning is the best time to visit Gruta do Lago Azul because the sun’s rays reach into the cave and illuminate the intense blue, mineral rich water.
Cachoeira Boca da Onça – Mouth of the Jaguar Waterfall
Our 4km hike along Boca da Onça Ecological Trail began and ended at Fazenda (farm) Boca da Onça
A cowboy came to open the gate for us.
This seriema was one of several wandering free on the fazenda’s property.
We met up with our guide and the rest of our group. There were lockers to store valuables and our extra clothes.
The Boca da Onça Ecological Trail descends into a lush canyon, following the river as it tumbles down rocks and cliffs, creating multiple falls and natural pools along the way.
Cachoeira do Buraco do Macaco – Monkey’s Hole Waterfall
We stripped down to our swimsuits and swam under the low rock arch into the waterfall grotto. So cool!
Some trailside entertainment.
We stopped at three waterfall pools for a swim.
See my husband waving behind the falls?
And, at the bottom of the canyon, we swam in the Rio Salobra.
The 156 meter Boca da Onça Falls, the final waterfall on our hike, is the tallest in the state of Mato Grosso.
From Boca da Onça Falls, 866 steps climb back out of the canyon.
Pant, pant, pant – I stopped several times to catch my breath and admire the view, while my son and husband raced each other up, my son won 🙂
We were famished by the time we made it back to the fazenda.
The buffet lunch was delicious!