Gruta do Lago Azul

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The Gruta do Lago Azul – Blue Lake Cave ,it is one of the largest flooded cavities on the planet and located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
Discovered by a Terena Indian in 1924 ,Its entrance is approximately 40 meters in diameter and circular. Next comes a main gallery with a sloping floor and descends into a lake that is more than 50 meters long, After a 100 m descent, you come across a lake of intensely blue waters, whose depth is estimated to be 90 m. giving the cave its name, an intense blue color between September and February. The wide entrance allows the lake to be illuminated by sunlight.
Due to its beauty and fragility,were listed as natural monuments in 1978 by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute the cave area was transformed into a Natural Monument, guaranteeing its preservation.
Visitors are allowed, accompanied by guides from the municipality of Bonito.The tour is fast (lasts about two hours) but the view is impressive and well worth it , Without a doubt, it is one of those unique places that you will visit once or twice in your life. ! The Gruta do Lago Azul – Blue Lake Cave attracts a large number of visitors each year.

Access : Coordinates: -21.1447, -56.5915 / Gruta do Lago Azul – Blue Lake Cave Located 20 km from the city of Bonito, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso do Sul is one of the Midwestern states of Brazil.

Highlights :

  • The nearby Grotto of Nossa Senhora Aparecida contains no water and has little natural light. It has a single large lounge with an inclined floor of 100 meters at its widest point.The Grotto of Nossa Senhora Aparecida is closed to visitors for security reasons.
  • Best time to go to the blue lake : In winter, it rains less and therefore the chances of your tour being canceled are much less. In addition, a rainy day can disrupt the experience even if the tour takes place. The driest period in Bonito is from May to September.
  • curiosities : The color of the water is blue due to the amount of calcium and magnesium, sunlight reflects on the ore particles leaving the lake with an intense blue. -The real depth of the lake is unknown, as divers managed to reach up to 87 meters –
    -The tour is one of the cheapest in Bonito and lasts approximately 2 hours which allows you to combine with other tours on the same day.
  • Visitors are allowed, accompanied by guides from the municipality of Bonito.On site there is a souvenir shop, toilets, snack bar and parking.

Entrance fees: Adults and children : High season R $ 89.00 , Low season R $ 64.00 / Opening hours: Departures from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, lasting approximately 1:30 am

Activities : photo opportunities / Guided tour :  It is only allowed guided tour. Unfortunately, it is not a tour for small children: the minimum age is 5 years. It is also not a tour for people with mobility problems, since the only way to get there is down a rough staircase!

Go next : Bonito is a city nestled on the Pantanal region / The São Miguel Cave is  18 km from Bonito / Buraco de Araras. huge sinkhole / Sucuri River / Campo Grande , the capital city of Mato Grosso do Sul State in Brazil.

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