Regional Cuisine of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
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!

 

Pacu en Brasa - Juanita Restaurante, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul - photo by Luxury Experinece
Pacu en Brasa - Juanita Restaurante

 

Portuguese

English

 

 

Cardápio

Menu

 

 

Especialidades Regionais - Peixe

Regional Specialties - Fish

Pacú

Related to Piranha

Pintado

Brazilian freshwater catfish

Piranha

Piranha

Pirarucu

Large freshwater fresh

Traira

Wolf-fish

Pintando - Restaurante Marrua, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul - Photo by Luxury Experience
Pintado - Restaurante Marrua

 

Especialidades Regionais - Carne

Regional Specialties - Meat

Costela

Ribs

Costela de Angus

Angus Ribs

Jacare

Alligator

Linguiça

Sausage

Jacare - Restaurante Casa do Joao, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul - Photo by Luxury Experience
Jacaré - Restaurante Casa do João

 

Especialidades Regionais - Frutas, Legumes e Mais

Regional Specialties -Fruits, Vegetables and More

Acerola

Acerola

Azeite

Olive Oil

Azeite Trufado

Truffled Olive Oil

Azeitonas

Olives

Azeitonas Pretas

Black Olives

Beringela

Eggplant

Chipa

Regional small cheese bread

Coentro

Cilantro

Coxinha

Chicken or Meat Savory

Farofa

Stuffing

Fatias de Cebola

Onion Rings

Guavira

Regional berry-like fruit

Jabouticaba

Regional fruit

Mandioca

Manioc (Cassava, Yuca)

Moqueca

Stew

Pastel

Savory filled pastry

Queijo

Cheese

Queijo Deterrtido

Melted Cheese

Saladas

Salads

Sorvete

Ice Cream

Sorvete Assado

Ice Cream, fruit salad, baked marshmallow

Torrados

Toast

Pastel - Edward F. Nesta, Gilberto Sacilotti - photo by Luxury Experience
Pastel

 

Técnicas

Techniques

Assada

Roasted

Caldo

Broth

Defumada

Smoked

Derretido

Melted

Desossada

Boned

Ensopada

Stewed

Gratinado

Au gratin

Grelhada

Grilled

Marinado

Marinated

Tirinhas

Strips 

Sorvete Assado -Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul - Photo by Luxury Experience
Sorvete Assado

Read more about our experiences in Brazil in the Pantanal and Bonito in the Destinations, Hotels and Resorts, Restaurants, Chefs' Recipes, and Adventures sections.  

Coxinha - Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul - Photo by Luxury Experience
Coxinha

Important Travel and Planning Information

How to Get There from São Paulo

Azul Airlines flies from Campinas (VCP) Airport to Bonito (BYO) airport. The flight time is 1 hour and 35 minutes. Note Azul Airlines only flies to Bonito on select days of the week. Check their schedule accordingly. Flighttime 3 hours 25 minutes.

GOL Airlines and LATAM fly from Guarulhos (GRU) International Airportto Campo Grande (CGR). The flight time is roughly 1 hour 50 minutes. To get from Campo Grande, the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul to Bonito, you can rent a car. Drive time is roughly 3 hours 40 minutes. 

Mandioca Frita - Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul - Photo by Luxury Experience
Mandioca Frita

Travel and Tourism information: 

Agência Ygarapé 

We used Agência Ygarapé for expert and professional tour information and booking our adventures. The agency has been providing high-quality, attentive service for tours, packages, accommodations, and transport services and more for over 20+ years, serving Bonito and the Pantanal region.  

Acerola - Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul - Photo by Luxury Experience
Acerola

Please visit their site for more information (site is available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish): www.ygarape.com.br.  

Agência Ygarapé is open daily from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm (and until 10:00 pm during high season).  

Agencia Ygarape, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul

Agência Ygarapé
Rua Coronel Pilad Rebuá, 1853, Centro
Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul (MS)
CEP 79290-000
Brazil
Telephone:         +55 (67)3255-1733
Cellular:             +55 (67) 99213-7374
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Visit Brasil 

For more information on Bonito and Pantanal, please visit:  http://www.visitbrasil.com/en/destinos/bonito.html,http://www.visitbrasil.com/pt/destinos/bonito.html

Foods of Mato Grosso do Sul - Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul - Photo by Luxury Experience
Mixed Breads and Coxinha

Important Tips for Bonito and Pantanal

Bonito is focused on eco-tourism and as such they only allow a certain number of visitors to eco sites each day. Be sure to book your tours well in advance to not miss out.

For Water Sports (snorkeling), the sites request that you not use sunscreen, tanning lotions, or insect repellent to help keep the waters pristine.

Going hiking in the woods? Wear light colored clothing as dark colored clothing attracts mosquitos!

There are no ATMs, only banks: Banco do Brasil, Bradesco, Caixa Economica and Sicredi, so plan accordingly. Some small restaurants accept cash only.

Shops stay open late in Bonito usually until around 10:00 pm and most accept credit cards.

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