Located within a sprawling fazenda (ranch) 32 miles (51 kilometers) outside of Bonito, the Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata offers prime snorkeling in Brazil. Travelers float down crystalline rivers while observing some 50 species of tropical fish, including giant dourados and large schools of pacus. Along the shores, exotic birds, tapirs, monkeys, and other animals can be spotted among the trees.
A snorkeling tour along the Rio da Prata begins with a 50-minute hike along a forested trail to the entry point on the Olho d’Agua River. The snorkeling portion starts with a 30-minute float through these emerald-green waters to where the Olho d’Agua meets the Prata. From there, snorkelers continue on for another 20 minutes. Snorkeling equipment and roundtrip transportation are included in most tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This river is a must-see for nature lovers and adventure travelers.
- Tours to the park must be booked in advance.
- Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for walking over a variety of surfaces.
- Waterproof cameras are available to rent in the Rio da Prata visitor center.
- The use of sunscreen and insect repellent is not allowed to protect the purity of the water.
How to Get There
Most snorkeling tours to the Rio da Prata include pickup and drop-off at Bonito hotels.
When to Get There
The Rio da Prata is open daily, including holidays. With some of the warmest water in the region, the river is comfortable for snorkeling no matter the time of year.
Other Activities at the Rio da Prata
Besides snorkeling, the Rio da Prata ecological reserve also offers scuba diving for beginner to advanced divers (including technical cave diving in the Mysterious Lagoon), horseback riding through the ranch, or birdwatching in the world’s most biodiverse savanna, where more than 200 species have been registered.