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1. Posted by akylo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

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Hello.

Does anybody know if there is a bus or plane that can take me from Iguazu Falls to Bonito? My original plan was to travel from Iguazu to Manaus to spend some time in the Amazon area, but having read about Bonito and finding how near it is to Iguazu on the map, I am tempted to go to Bonito before I head out to the Amazon. Any suggestions? Is November is good month?

What about traveling from Bonito to Manaus? Is there any flight that flies into Bonito? Or do I need to go to Campo Grande to catch a plane?

Thanks.

2. Posted by thespis (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y

Hi there,
First thing I have to tell you is that Bonito is one of the best choices in Brazil if you want to see wildlife. Just make sure that your hotel have English speaking staff. Some of my clients went there and nobody could speak English at the hotel, not even menus were translated, so they had to spend one week making gestures to be understood.

Brazil is a big country, 5th biggest in the world. It is about the same size with the USA if you don´t count Alaska, and bigger than Australia. You will need to fly to Campo Grande and get a bus or a taxi to Bonito (around 200 miles trip). From Iguazu to Campo Grande the distance is about 650 miles, but no comercial flights between the two. There are flights from Iguazu to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, and from one of the 3 destinations you should catch a flight to any other destination. Please notice that from Iguazu to Manaus the distance is 2,300 miles, and if you decide to do that you will spend the whole day traveling - I am talking about flying!.

Buses are very comfortable, safe and reliable in Brazil. No buses to Manaus. To travel from Iguazu to Campo Grande you will need to go to Sao Paulo first (about 18 hours trip), and than from Sao Paulo to Campo Grande (around 12 hours), so you can expect to travel for almost 2 days.

Best option is probably the TAM Airlines BRAZIL AIRPASS. It costs around US$ 500 for four different destinations, can only be bought by non-Brazilian citizen outside Brazil, so it should be bought at your country. Just make sure that your trip is possible using the airpass.

I know a travel agent in the US that can sell you the TAM Brazil Airpass, and also help you a lot with your trip. Her name is Jill Siegel and her website is www.southamericanescapes.com . She is great!

November can be very hot and humid in Bonito. The trees will have almost no leaves at that season - so not a lot of green. On the other hand, the lack of leaves will make it possible to see more wildlife than in any other season.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

Iguazu - Bonito is best done by bus via Campo Grande; flying won't safe you time to speak of, is a burden to the environment, and likely to be much more expensive.

From what I've heard, Bonito - Manaus (or rather, Campo Grande - Manaus) can also be done by bus if you wanted to, but this is a 3-day journey via Cuiaba and Porto Velho. Partly takes you through densely forested areas of Brazil, plus Cuiaba and Porto Velho are very nice cities, with relatively little tourism.

4. Posted by ericos (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Yes, there are buses directly from Foz do Iguaçu to Bonito! You don't have to fly or take a bus to Campo Grande. That's time waste.
The company is called "Cruzeiro do Sul" and the bus goes via Cascavel and Dourados. The trip will take about 17hours. That is the time it takes from Bonito to Iguaçu and I think it will be the same. Ask in the rodoviaria of Foz do Iguaçu at the desk of Cruzeiro do Sul.
The best place for wildseeing is the Pantanal and not Bonito! The animals you will see in Bonito are recuperated from poachers or are other feeded animals. You will not see real wild animals. In the Pantanal you have a great chance to see wild animals. Bonito is worth a visit but more for snorkeling (Rio Sucuri).

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting thespis

Buses are very comfortable, safe and reliable in Brazil. No buses to Manaus. To travel from Iguazu to Campo Grande you will need to go to Sao Paulo first (about 18 hours trip), and than from Sao Paulo to Campo Grande (around 12 hours), so you can expect to travel for almost 2 days.
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Where have you heard that? There are just direct buses between the two. Only no flights like you mentioned. Bus time is about 14 hours.

And uhm, Bonito best for Wildlife? I really don't know, but is the Pantanal itself not much better (like the other poster before me mentioned)) for that and relatively close to Bonito. I guess it is better to spend your time from Campo Grande to the southern Pantanal than in Bonito. I heard bonito is great for cave snorkelling or something with some fish to see. But the best wildlife viewing if that is what you want then Pantanal is your thing.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 17, 2008, at 5:43 AM by Utrecht ]

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting bentivogli

Iguazu - Bonito is best done by bus via Campo Grande; flying won't safe you time to speak of, is a burden to the environment, and likely to be much more expensive.

From what I've heard, Bonito - Manaus (or rather, Campo Grande - Manaus) can also be done by bus if you wanted to, but this is a 3-day journey via Cuiaba and Porto Velho. Partly takes you through densely forested areas of Brazil, plus Cuiaba and Porto Velho are very nice cities, with relatively little tourism.

Is the Porto Velho to Manaus road open again? That would be a great trip

7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

As far as I've been told (mind you, I haven't been there!), it is passable again, though the information admittedly doesn't come from a highly reliable source (a brazilian friend who has relatives in Humaita). Following your post I've been searching the net some more, and on the Humaita website I found a message that appears to indicate the contrary...

Nevertheless, there fortunately also is boat traffic on Rio Madeira from Humaita, so that takes care of that :)

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Thanks Niels! Great thread you started by the way with the maps of South America.
And of course, although I know you won't use it;), there is flight option from Porto Velho to Manaus as well 4 days on a boat....well, that might be just too much for me