As a prelude I should explain, as I always do, that my wife & I have been on the road, traveling across South America / the Caribbean for the last four months, and have travelled extensively over the last decade and a half (my wife and I met while traveling over seven years ago). Needless to say we’ve stayed at many places.
Anyway, I should begin by stating that Pousada Caramanchao is about the best value-for-money pousada we stayed at in Brazil. Combining clean rooms (not luxury by any means, but very clean with plenty of space, working A/C units and clean, private bathrooms), a fantastic location, solid breakfast and a wonderful owner, it’s a tough deal to beat.
The owner is a very sweet, and very well organized, middle-aged man, who speaks very little English. Thankfully his equally sweet son speaks perfect English (we speak no Portuguese), and so it’s his son who serves as the translator, very effectively.
Bonito is a special place, and, having spent three days there, we highly recommend that you visit all three of (i) Lagao Azul. (ii) Rio de Prata and (iii) Abismo Anhumas if your budget allows. The last (Abismo) is expensive, but a completely unique experience that is worth the cost. Note, however, that (a) all trips in Bonito need to be booked through a licensed agent and (b) there is a single, set, price per excursion that all agencies charge, so one cannot save money by shopping around. All that matters is finding a reliable agency, which brings me to an additional fantastic element of the pousada – the owner is a licensed agent. We emailed him what we wanted to do in advance and he set up everything for us, drivers included (there is no public transportation to many of the sites). It was hassle-free.
The last general tip I would give is to rent the underwater camera from the pousada if you go to Rio de Prata – in addition to burning the photos you take onto a CD for you, the pousada will also burn a file of professional photos of all the major sites in Bonito onto the disc, which was fantastic for us when we sent photos to family and friends and updated our Facebook account and travel blog as some of our own photos from the other excursion (Lagoa Azul, Abismo) did not capture the true majesty of the places.
In summary, this pousada is clean, perfectly located, and is run by an extremely pleasant, honest, efficient and helpful family. It’s a great deal.
- Also Known As:
- Pousada Caramanchao Bonito, Brazil