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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