What I really wanted to do in Bonito was to dive in crystal clear rivers and swim with freshwater fish, an experience missing on my trips. I started in Barra do Rio Sucuri.
Floating for the first time
We went diving early in the morning; maybe that is why the water was a bit cold. Despite the wetsuit, it took a while to get used to the temperature of 20°C.
We were a party of seven – all expert in snorkeling, so we did not waste time testing the equipment. The instructor followed us up Sucuri River and asked some people to help rowing, or it would take long to reach the best part. An otter crossed our way and hid quickly; we would not have seen it if it were not for the guide, but we could not take a picture. This time we did not reach the source of the river, we only got close to it going down on a platform.
The flow is strong and carries us quickly; there is no need to divert from anything and in some parts the feeling of being taken away fast is awesome. Taking pictures was the only bad thing, little time to frame and click – several photos were shaken or blurry. The instructor followed us by boat, we could get a ride any moment. It is good support for those who have never done it and are a little afraid.
The brightness under water is impressive, even with cloudy weather. It is a result of local limestone on the ground, which filters the impurities and keeps the water clear. The river floor is white (limestone) with a little plants and lots of shells. Occasionally the sun appeared and the rays touched the bottom of the river, making the view more vivid. You should look sideways too, most fish stay near the vegetation around you. Sucuri River seemed to have less fish than the others; it is worthwhile for those who have time for snorkeling and should not be left for last.
Right at the entrance we saw capuchin monkeys eating and fighting. One of them was carrying its baby, but it left when we got closer. It is common to find monkeys and birds, the workers prepare a space and make sure there is enough food to please the visitors (tourists and animals).
Photos by Roberta Martins and Leandro Gabrieli.
The tour takes two hours, groups of up to seven people. Allowed for five-year-olds onwards. Life jacket is required.
The place offers lockers and a dressing room with hot shower. Take your own towel, underwear, comb, shampoo, leave-in and come out dry with great hair.
BARRA DO SUCURI is in a private property 16,5 km from the city centre. We booked in advance with TourOn.
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Translated by Lúcia Maciel