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May 2019 
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Postcards from Pantanal and Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Destinations
Magestic Waterfall - Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil - photo by Luxury Experience We had a fantastic time discovering the Pantanal region and Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil where ecotourism and sustainability are the main focuses.  Although we have spent many years traveling to, and writing about various parts of Brazil, this was our first trip to Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), and we instantly fell in love with it. Located in a region rich in history, there are prehistoric caves, waterfalls, pristine river springs, hiking trails, and an abundance of exotic animal life to discover; all of which we did!
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Pousada Pequi, Aquiduana, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Hotels and Resorts
Pousada Pequi, Aquidauana, Mato Groos do Sul, Brazil We had a wonderful stay at Pousada Pequi a charming, family-owned 10-room inn located on a former fazenda (farm) in the Pantanal in Aquidauana, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Located 112 miles /180 km from Campo Grande, Aquiduanais known as the "southern gateway to the Pantanal tropical wetlands" and the inn offers a wide selection of adventures to experience including Horseback Riding, Photographic Animal Safaris, Alligator Tours, Bird Watching, Carriage Rides, Milking Cows, Ecological Walks, Piranha Fishing, River Tours, and much more!
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Feeding Fish at Aquario de Bonito, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Adventures
Aquaario de Bonito - Araia- photo by Luxury Experience If you plan on doing any snorkeling while in Bonito, we highly recommend first visiting the Aquario de Bonito in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil to learn about and become acquainted with the various freshwater fish that you might see while snorkeling in its many rivers, which will make for a more interesting adventure. The Aquario de Bonito opened in 2007, and it is the first aquarium in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
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Snorkeling at Barra do Sucuri, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Adventures
Luxury Experience at Barra do Sucuri - photo by Luxury Experience The area around Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil is a paradise for freshwater snorkeling in pristine waters, and The Adventure Kids® aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta had a wonderful snorkeling adventure at Barra do Sucuri (Sucuri Falls) located 10.5 miles /17 km from the center of Bonito, where we not only saw a plethora of fish, we also saw Brown Capuchin Monkeys, Giant Otters, and exotic birds.
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Rappelling - Abismo Anhumas, Bonito, Mato Gross do Sul, Brazil
Adventures
Debra Argen - Abismo Anhumas ascent - photo by Luxury Experience As our name "The Adventure Kids"® aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta of Luxury Experience implies, we love challenging adventures! When we heard about rappelling the Abismo Anhumas located 23 km from Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, we knew this was an adventure we had to experience. With the Tom Petty song, "Into the Great Wide Open" playing in our heads, we were ready to experience the ultimate adventure of rappelling 72 meters (236 feet, the equivalent of a 26-story building) to experience the incredible formations in this wet cave. Our adventure involved specialized training, trekking to the site, rappelling, snorkeling, and a boat ride around the inside of the cave to fully experience its majestic wonders. At the end of our experience, we wanted to do it all over again!
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Boca da Onca, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil - Waterfalls, Trekking, Swimming and Repelling
Adventures
Luxury Experience - Boca da Onca - Photo by Luxury ExperienceThe Adventure Kids® aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta spent an enchanted afternoon at Boca da Onça (which means mouth of the jaguar) located in Bodoquena in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil where their mission is to "preserve life and nature with responsibility" and adventures include trekking, rappelling, the highest waterfall in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and swimming in the waterfall's many natural pools.
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Boa Constrictor Experience - Projeto Jiboia, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Adventures
Edward F. Nesta with Boa Constrictor - Projeto Jiboia - photo by Luxury Experience If anyone had told The Adventure Kids® aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta that we would be intentionally going to see boa constrictors we would have laughed and said, "No, we don't think so!" However, that is exactly what we did by going to Projeto Jibóia during our trip to Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, and we actually enjoyed the experience!  
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Nascente Azul, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Adventures
Debra Argen - Snorkeling - Photo by Luxury ExperienceThe Adventure Kids® aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta had a "triathlon" of an adventure at Nascente Azul in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil where we spent an enjoyable day trekking, ziplining, and snorkeling in a pristine natural spring. Bonito is an eco-tourism paradise with many wonderful and exciting adventures to experience however be sure to book your adventure well in advance as there is a limit to the number of visitors allowed entrance each day.
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Pequi Photographic Safari, Aquidauana, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Adventures
Pequie - Mato Grosso do Sul Safari - alligator - photo by Luxury Experience The Pantanal in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil is an enormous tropical wetland region where the abundance and diversity of the wildlife there is amazing. The Adventure Kids® aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta went on a photographic animal safari during our stay at Pousada Pequi to "discover" its incredible beauty and fell in love with the area and its flora and fauna.
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Casa do Vidro - Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Luxury Products
Colored Etched Glasses - Casa do Vidro - photo by Luxury ExperienceCasa do Vidro in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil is a creative initiative that reuses discarded glass and repurposes them into objects of beauty, all of which are for sale. The brainchild of founder Carlos Cardinal, the focus of Casa do Vidro is to reuse, recreate, and repurpose everyday discarded glass bottles, jars, and other glass objects into new, usable and attractive decorative and functional designs. In an area renowned for sustainable ecotourism, Casa do Vidro is a shining example of what can be achieved with inspiration and initiative.
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Restaurante Marrua, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Restaurants
Marrua Hotel - Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil Memorable is the best word to describe our dining experience at Restaurante Marruá in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Set inside the upscale Marruá Hotel, the restaurant gets high marks for the quality of their kitchen and inspired cuisine from the talented Chef Sylvio Eduardo Trujillo. Attractive surroundings and attentive, professional service complement the inspired Contemporary and Regional cuisine from this gastronomic kitchen.
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Restaurante Casa do Joao, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Restaurants
Casa do Joao, Bonito, Mato, Grosso do Sol, Brazil The family-owned Restaurante Casa do João located in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil opened in 2007, and is located steps away from the Praça da Liberdade with its large fish sculpture and the Aquário de Bonito. The charming restaurant has a lovely fruit-tree laden garden, a shop filled with artisanal gifts, and a whimsical museum where true antiquities are mixed with "recent museum items" such as cassette tapes, 8-track tapes, and even old computer monitors. The food is delicious, and the ambience is welcoming.
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Juanita Restaurante, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Restaurants
Juanita Restaurante, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sol, Brazil For our first night in Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil we had a lovely dinner at the family-owned attractive Juanita Restaurante. For Chef Juanita, the restaurant is a childhood dream come true. Arriving in Bonito in 2006, she opened her eponymous restaurant in 2014. Having an ancestry of French, Italian, and Paraguayan, she brings a rich culinary background to the table.
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Tapera Restaurante, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Restaurants
Tapera Restaurant, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, BrazilTapera Restaurante is a charming restaurant located in the center of Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Once a part of the state of Mato Grosso, Mato Gross do Sul became a state in 1979, and the restaurant is one of the oldest in the state. A large tree grows in the center of the inviting outdoor dining space of the restaurant adding charm and character, and firmly establishes itself as a restaurant to stay. Owned by restauranteur and poet Antonio Carlos Silveira Soares the restaurant is a welcome respite in a city of great cuisine.
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Chef Sylvio Trujillo Recipes - Restaurante Marrua, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Chefs Recipes
Chef Sylvio Trujillo - photo by Luxury Experience The oh-so talented Chef Sylvio Trujillo of the upscale Restaurante Marruá in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil takes time from the kitchen to speak with Luxury Experience after a gastronomic evening of dining. Located inside the stunning Marruá Hotel, Executive Chef Sylvio Eduardo Trujillo runs the state-of-the-art kitchen with style, grace, and inspired cuisine where the focus is on Contemporary and Mato Grosso do Sul Regional Cuisine. Chef Sylvio Trujillo graciously shares his recipes for Seared Salmon in a Sesame Crust, and Grilled Brazilian Catfish with Mashed Cassava "a la Plancha."   
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Chef Sylvio Trujillo Receitas - Restaurante Marrua, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil
Chefs Recipes
Chef Sylvio Trujillo - Restaurante Marrua - photo by Luxury Experience O talentoso Chef Sylvio Trujillo, do sofisticado Restaurante Marruá in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil, leva um tempo na cozinha para falar com a Luxury Experience após uma noite gastronômica de jantares. Localizado dentro do deslumbrante Marruá Hotel, o Chef Executivo Sylvio Eduardo Trujillo dirige a cozinha de última geração com estilo, graça e culinária inspirada onde o foco é a Cozinha Regional Contemporânea e Mato Grosso do Sul. Chef Sylvio Trujillo graciosamente compartilha suas receitas de Salmão Selado em Crosta de Gergelim e Pintado Grelhado com Purê de Mandioca "a la Plancha".
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Regional Cuisine of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Gastronomy
Taste of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil - photo by Luxury Experience From region to region, and state to state, the cuisine of Brazil is as varied and diverse as it is large. After experiencing the delectable cuisine of the Pantanal and Bonito in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil during our recent trip there, we wanted to bring you a delicious "taste" of the region to share our culinary journey with you until you make the trip there yourself. From the tropical fruit of guavira, jabouticaba to sorvete assado, ice cream topped with fruit salad, covered with marshmallow topping that is then baked, to the exotic tastes of jacare (alligator), and freshwater fish of pacu, piranha, tiraira,and more. Bom apetite!
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Blues Beatles 2017
Music Scene
Blues Beatles 2017 Brazilian band, the Blues Beatles deftly combines the band's love of the Blues with their passion for the Beatles, and their 9-track release, Blues Beatles 2017 goes beyond a tribute and delves deeper into showcasing and melding two distinct styles and imprinting it with their own indelible mark; namely Blues and Beatles music. With songs: A Hard Day's Night, Eleanor Rigby, You Can't Do That, Stand By Me, I've Got A Feeling, Ticket To Ride, Yellow Submarine, The Word, and Help, the album is a standout.
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Phil Madeira: Crickets
Music Scene
Phil Madeira - Crickets The Phil Madeira: Crickets album is one of the best instrumental Jazz piano releases that I have come across in quite a while. Featuring the multi-talented award-winning musician, songwriter, and producer Phil Madeira on piano, Bahsaan Barberon saxophones, Aaron Smith on drums, Roland Barber on trombone and trumpet, James Hollihan on electric guitar, and Chris Donohue on upright bass, the Phil Madeira: Crickets album is one for Jazz collectors' collections.
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New York Botanical Garden - The Orchid Show: Singapore 2019
Destinations
New York Botanical Garden - Singapore Moth Orchid 2019 We took an enchanted trip to Singapore without a passport via the New York Botanical Garden for The Orchid Show: Singapore 2019, located inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in Bronx, New York. Every year from February until April, the New York Botanical Garden transforms the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a spectacular display of rare and exotic orchids, and for 2019, their theme is Singapore. The Orchid Show: Singapore 2019 runs until April 28, 2019.
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