Introduction:

Gruta de São Miguel or Saint Micheal's Caves is an enchanting spectacle in the Anhumas Valley close to Bonito.  Caves play an important role in our humanity.  From our prehistoric ancestry to our mythology and fiction, caves hold a profound place in the human psyche.  While caves inevitably draw us in, the extraordinary variety of birds, and sometimes other wildlife, that inhabits the area including Blue-crowned Trogons, several varieties of Tanagers, Caciques, Red & Green Macaws, Blue & Yellow Macaws surprises visitors as well.

Before you go:

Vouchers must be purchased in advance through Bonito Booking or another qualified agency; you cannot arrive without a reservation and participate. The cost of the voucher is determined by the owners of the attraction on an annual basis and published by the Association of Attractions of the Bonito Region ATRATUR. São Miguel Caves charges the same price for admission during the high (holiday) & low period.  Transportation is not included in the price of the voucher. You can either drive yourself, or we can provide transportation for you. All the tours are conducted by a local tour conductor in the Portuguese language. As this is an interpretive tour, if you are not fluent in Portuguese, we highly recommend that you consider going on the tour with one of our private bilingual naturalist interpreters.

What to Bring:

  • Loose-fitting comfortable clothes.
  • A cap or hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Camera
  • Tennis shoes are mandatory
  • A healthy snack& mineral water

The Tour:

São Miguel Caves lies 18 from the center of Bonito by a well-maintained dirt road.  We recommend that you depart for the caves an hour before your scheduled tour.  On arrival, you should register at the reception area and present your voucher.  There will be time to have a coffee in the cozy reception area as well as to observe the local avifauna. The tour begins in the reception area with a brief video presentation about the region and the caverns.  After being fitted with caving helmets, you cross a suspension bridge to a scenic overlook where there is a chance to see more wildlife and finally enter the caverns.  You will see different types of Speleothems stalactites, stalagmites, travertines.

Location & Duration:

São Miguel Caves is located on a well-maintained dirt road 18 km from the city.  The Caves are usually visited in conjunction with nearby Gruta de Lago Azul. São Miguel Caves is also an excellent alternative to Gruta do Lago Azul during periods of heavy rain, and in the high season when the Gruta sells out well before your visit, as well as for those with limited mobility.  If possible, we recommend that you visit São Miguel Caves either early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best chances to see wildlife. The tour lasts a little over an hour.  A visit to the two caves can be combined in a half-day morning or afternoon period.  Although nearby, if you intend to visit Abismo Anhumas you should schedule this for should schedule this for a different day during your visit.

Facilities:

The reception area has restrooms and snacks can be purchased. Meals are not served there or included in the price.

Restrictions:

Backpacks are not allowed to be brought in the cavern.  Use of sneakers is mandatory.  Accompanied children must be over the age of five. While not fully handicapped-accessible because of stairs in the caverns, the trail is one of the easiest in Bonito, and there are handrails on the staircases in the cavern. This trip is recommended for those who have mobility issues.  At your request, you can arrive at the caves by electric cart rather than by the suspension bridge.  São Miguel Caves has one of the most developed infrastructures for cave tours anywhere in Brazil.  

The Gruta do Lago Azul, or Blue Lagoon Cave, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bonito. Because of its fame and beauty, it is considered the picture postcard of Bonito.  What makes it unique is its enormous chamber with stalactite chandeliers at the bottom of which lies a primordial pool of transparent azure water of unfathomable depth beneath which rests a cemetery of extinct prehistoric animals.  If you arrive near the solstice in December or January and enter the cave at midday, a column of light will penetrate the cave to the pool.  Whatever the season, a visit to Bonito wouldn't be complete without exploring the Gruta de Lago Azul.

Vouchers must be purchased in advance through Bonito Booking or another qualified agency; you will not be admitted to the attraction without one. The property is managed by the municipal government; but, like the private attractions, the price is determined by the landholders on an annual basis and published by the Association of Attractions of the Bonito Region, ATRATUR.  The Cavern charges a high season (holiday) price and a low season price based on the yearly holiday calendar published by the Municipal Tourist Authority, COMTUR.  Transportation is not included in the price of the voucher. You can either drive yourself, or we can provide transportation for you. All the tours are conducted by a local tour conductor in the Portuguese language. This is an interpretive tour, and for this reason, if you are not fluent in Portuguese, even if you do some of the other activities on your own, we highly recommend that you go with one of our bilingual naturalist interpreters for this tour.

You will arrive by a well-maintained dirt road.  The Blue Lagoon Cave is  22 km (14 miles) from the city.  To ensure that you arrive on time, we suggest that you depart the city and hour before your tour begins.  On arrival, you should register at the reception area and present your voucher. The tours have a maximum of 15 participants and depart 20 minutes apart.  When it is your turn to descend, the guide will furnish you with caving helmets and provide a safety orientation. You will then depart along a flat, gravel-covered woodland trail for 900 meters (half a mile)  to the cave entrance where your guide will begin his presentation of the history of the cave. Slowly you will descend along 300 steps carved out of the base of the cave stopping at various vantage points to take photographs and learn more about the geology, flora & fauna of the cave. At the last point, you will be able to peer into the eerie depths the blue pool which gives the cave its name before making your way back out. The pace is easy, throughout the route; but environmental regulations do not allow the construction of paths and handrails within the cavern, so the good walking shoes are essential and this activity is not recommended for people who have had mobility problems.  Accompanied children must be over the age of five. You won't need a bathing suit; only extinct animals are allowed in the pool.  The reception area has restrooms but there is no restaurant on the premises.

 Nearby attractions include the São Miguel Caves, and the Abismo Anhumas. For those who want a full itinerary, the Gruta do Lago Azul can be combined with  São Miguel Caves,  in a half day morning or afternoon period. Despite the proximity, for technical reasons, those who wish to visit Abismo Anhumas should make the reservation for a separate day.

You should bring:

  • Loose-fitting comfortable clothes.
  • A cap or hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Camera for pictures
  • Tennis shoes or hiking boots (no flip-flops)
  • A healthy snack and mineral water.

Introduction:

Gruta de São Miguel or Saint Micheal's Caves is an enchanting spectacle in the Anhumas Valley close to Bonito.  Caves play an important role in our humanity.  From our prehistoric ancestry to our mythology and fiction, caves hold a profound place in the human psyche.  While caves inevitably draw us in, the extrodinary variety of birds, and sometimes other wildlife, that inhabits the area including Blue-crowned Trogons, several varieties of Tanagers, Caciques, Red & Green Macaws, Blue & Yellow Macaws surprises visitors.

Before you go:

Vouchers must be purchased in advance through Bonito Booking or another qualified agency; you cannot arrive without a reservation and participate. The cost of the voucher is determined by the owners of the attraction on an annual basis and published by the Association of Attractions of the Bonito Region.  São Miguel Caves charges the same price for admission during the high (holiday) & low period.  Transportation is not included in the price of the voucher. You can either drive yourself, or we can provide transportation for you. All the tours are conducted by a local tour conductor in the Portuguese language. As this is an interpretive tour, if you are not fluent in Portuguese, we highly recommend that you consider going on the tour with one of our private bilingual naturalist interpreters.

What to Bring:

  • Loose-fitting comfortable clothes.
  • A cap or hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Camera
  • Tennis shoes are mandatory
  • A healthy snack& mineral water

The Tour:

São Miguel Caves lies 18 from the center of Bonito by a well-maintained dirt road.  We recommend that you depart for the caves an hour before your scheduled tour.  On arrival, you should register at the reception area and present your voucher.  There will be time to have a coffee in the cozy reception area as well as to observe the local avifauna. After being fitted with caving helmets, you will have the option for 

The tour begins in the reception area with a brief video presentation

 

 

Location & Duration:

The Blue Lagoon Cave has located on a well-maintained dirt road 22 km from the city. Nearby attractions include the São Miguel Caves, and the Abismo Anhumas. While those who wish to descend into the Abismo Anhumas should schedule the trip on a separate day, for those who want a full itinerary it is possible to schedule both Gruta de Lago Azul and São Miguel caves in a half day morning or afternoon period. The tour lasts a little under two hours from arrival at the reception center.

Facilities:

The reception area has restrooms and snacks can be purchased. Meals are not served there or included in the price.

What to Bring:

  • Loose-fitting comfortable clothes.
  • A cap or hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun lotion
  • Camera for pictures
  • Sturdy walking shoes: tennis shoes or hiking boots (no flip-flops)
  • A healthy snack

Restrictions:

This activity is not recommended for people who have had mobility problems.  Accompanied children must be over the age of five.

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