Can I take drones or professional photography equipments on the tour?
During the activities, it is not allowed to use equipment that can compromise the ecotourism experience.
The use of drones and filming equipment will be permited only if scheduled in advance as a technical visit.
Do the wet suits make you float?
The wetsuits are made out of 5 mm neoprene, we provide overalls with long sleeves and shorts, both help you stay floating. There is also the option of using a life jacket in addition to the wetsuit. The depth of the river varies, most of the time it is shallow, but there are some parts that are deeper.
Can the tour be done in the afternoon? Do I have to buy my ticket beforehand or can I pay on-site?
The tour can be scheduled for the afternoon, but the exit times depend on the season. The last exit in February is 14:30 pm. Reservations for the tour are made in advance through local tourist agencies, in Jardim or Bonito.
I have a beard and mustache, can this interfere in the snorkeling?
Yes, because for the snorkeling it is necessary and mandatory to use a set of mask and snorkel, and the mustache and beard can interfere with the mask, not letting it be watertight. Therefore, it is recommended that you come for the snorkeling with your beard done.
Does Rio da Prata offer transport service to and from Bonito?
No, it doesn't. But you can find these services in the tourism agencies in Bonito.
Does Rio da Prata accept credit cards?
Yes, all purchases made on the farm including the bar and the souvenir shop can be made with credit or debit. The price of the tour will be paid directly to the tour agency.
Do you have underwater cameras to rent?
Yes, in the main house of Rio da Prata there is a rental service of underwater GoPro digital cameras.
The cameras already come with a memory card, and after the tour the photos and videos made are recorded into a 8GB Pen Drive (not included in the rental value).
Internship program at Rio da Prata
Our company offers internships in the areas of Tourism and Biological Sciences. We receive trainees from various parts of Brazil and several public and private universities. Our program provides students experience with the whole process of conservation in the field of biology and all of our activities in ecotourism. We make selections of trainees throughout the year, constantly opening up spaces.
Some prerequisites for selection:
- Be enrolled from the third year up in a course of either Tourism or Biological Sciences;
- Full time availability;
- Available to live at the attraction during the internship period;
- Someone who enjoys the natural environment of the farm, without being bothered with heat, rain, mosquitoes, frogs, etc.
- Availability for a minimum of two months (end of the year) or one month during other periods.
- Be able to take responsibility, demonstrate punctuality, patience and companionship;
- Accept pro-active all the tasks entrusted;
Participate in our selection by sending your resumé and photo in the contact section
I would like to know more about the RPPN
Private Natural Heritage Reserves(RPPN) are areas of nature conservation on private land, created by the owner as a way to help preserve the environment.
Can any area be recognized as a RPPN?
In principle, yes. Decree No 1922/96 states that the area must have relevance to biodiversity or have environmental characteristics that justify its recovery.
What are the activities that can be performed in RPPNs?
These areas aim to conserve environmental resources of the region, and support the development of scientific, cultural, educational, entertainment and leisure activities.
It is also possible to develop economic activities that do not jeopardize the ecological balance, such as ecotourism.
How does creating a RPPN benefit the owner?
- Tax exemptions on rural property (ITR).
- Priority in the analysis of grant resources from the National Environment Fund (FNMA) and for project development.
- Preference in the granting of agricultural credit.
- May have technical and financial support from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
What does "save character in perpetuity" mean?
This is a requirement of Decree No 1922/96 and means that the area will be protected forever. The heirs of the property must comply with RPPN, and if the property is sold, new owners will also need to keep the area as it is. There is no way to revoke the recognition of the title of the reserve.
What is the process of transforming an area into a RPPN?
After defining what part of the property you want to transform into RPPN the owner should seek the Superintendent of IBAMA or the Department of Environment, and submit the following documents:
- Evidence of field, with registration in the office of Registration of Real Estate responsible;
- Portfolio of identity of the owner in the case of an individual;
- Discharge of Rural Property Tax (ITR);
- Plan of situation, indicating the limits of the area to be recognized as RPPN and the location of the property in the municipality or region.
There will be publication in the Official Gazette to recognize the area as an RPPN.
(Source: Private Reserves of Natural Heritage - WWF-Brazil Pantanal forever)
I use glasses, do you have prescription masks?
We do not have prescription masks. We recommend to tourists who wear glasses the use of contact lenses. We provide glasses cases to protect your glasses during the tour.
I have small children, can they do the tour?
In general, children older than 8 years can easily participate in the tour, however the aquatic part depends on the willingness and ability of the child. In order to do the snorkeling you have to dominate the diving mask and snorkel. Also, though the water temperature is around 24ºC (75°F) all year, children often feel cold.
Please note that parents are responsible for repassing the safty informations to the children.
Is it necessary to reserve in advance for periods of school holidays?
Reservations for the tour in the Rio da Prata are made through the tourist agencies in Bonito. It is good to make a reservation at least one month in advance, in order to get the day and time of your choosing. School holidays (July and January) are high season in the region of Bonito.
What animals are found in the Rio da Prata?
Because of Rio da Prata's location in the Cerrado biome, you can find brown capuchin and black howler monkeys, south american coaties, ocelots, azara's agouties, giant anteaters, crab-eating foxes and large amount of bird and fish species and much more!
It is necessary to know how to swim to do the tour?
Most of the river is relatively shallow, and you can easily stand up, as a last resort, (it is better to float so as not to raise sediment or hinder the pace of the group). Knowing how to swim is recommended on the tour. Exceptions for people who don’t know how to swim have been made in the past. However, even if the person does not know how to swim, in order to do the tour you have to master the use of a diving mask and snorkel.
Is Rio da Prata open every day for visitation?
We are open every day of the year (including holidays, Christmas and new years), but the tours must be booked in advance through a tourist agency in Bonito or Jardim (MS).
What is the distance from Bonito to the Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata?
The distance from Bonito to Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata is 50 km (31 mi), with 18 km (11 mi) of dirt road in good condition and the remaining distance in asphalt. You should leave Bonito about 1 ½ hours before your tour is scheduled.
For example, tour 10:30, departure from Bonito at 09:00. From Jardim, we recommend leaving 45 minutes to 1 hour before the hour of the tour.
What equipment is required for the snorkeling?
Mask and snorkel, neoprene boots and suits are the mandatory equipment for the snorkeling, already included in the price of the tour. The lifejacket is optional because it is not necessary for flotation.
What is the temperature of the water?
The water in the source of the Olho D'Água, at the beginning of the tour has a constant temperature year round of 24°C (75°F). The temperature is ideal, cool in summer and warm in winter, even if the outside temperature is low. Of all the tours in the region of Bonito, the Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata presents the warmest water.
What is the duration of the tour and the total distance traveled?
The tour lasts around 3 hours and 30 minutes. The tour consists of a trail in the forest of around 1,800 m, followed by snorkeling down the river.