Miranda (Mato Grosso do Sul)
This little farming town built around a now disused mill and a railway station lies some 200 km west of Campo Grande at the turn-off to Bonito. It has long been overlooked as a gateway to the Pantanal and Bonito, but is actually far closer to both than either Corumbá or Campo Grande.
Miranda is also a real town, preoccupied more with its own local economy and culture than with tourism. It lies in the heart of indigenous Terena land and the communities have a large cultural and arts centre, with panels on Terena history and arts and crafts for sale.
Every October Miranda throws the spectacular Festa do Homem Pantaneiro: four days of rodeos, lassoing and general revelry that combine well with the water festival in Corumbá.
The crystal-clear river Salobrinho just outside town has great birdlife and a community of giant otters. There is a wonderful British girder bridge just west of town given as a gift to Brazil by King George V.
The Campo Grande-Corumbá road crosses the Rio Miranda bridge (two service stations before it), then continues paved all the way to cross the Rio Paraguai. Miranda is served by numerous daily buses from Corumbá, Campo Grande and Bonito. There is a tourist booth just outside the rodoviária, opposite the Zero Hora bakery and supermarket.
Campo Grande to Miranda: From Campo Grande you need take an Andorinha coach from Campo Grande rodoviaria (bus station) to Miranda rodoviaria (bus station). The journey takes approximately 2.5 hours in total and costs approximately R$ 49 per person each way. From here you can take a taxi to your destination in Miranda as it is only a small town.
Bonito to Miranda: From Bonito you can take a shuttle bus via Catarino Transport. This costs approximately R$ 50 per person. Catarino Transport will pick you up from your hotel in Bonito and take you to a restaurant in Miranda called Zero Hora. This restaurant used to be the Miranda rodoviaria (bus station) however in 2012 a new rodoviaria was built. The Zero Hora restaurant has tourism facilities, a restaurant, snacks and drinks. All coaches stop here leaving to and from Miranda. From here you can easily take a taxi to your destination within Miranda.
Miranda is known as the "Portal do Pantanal" (The gateway into the Southern Pantanal).
Pantanal Ranch Meia Lua  is a working ranch (fazenda or bed & breakfast) with accommodation, activities and day tours for travelers who want to visit the Southern Pantanal region. This ranch includes a travel agency to assist in planning your holiday in the Pantanal. As well as Jeep Safari, Bush Walking and Boat Tours on the Rio Miranda and Rio Vermelho, the ranch also have activities on the ranch such as Horse Riding, Nature Walks, Fishing, Pantanal Cooking Classes, Indigenous Cultural Classes, Capoeira, Wildlife Tracking Classes and Cattle Ranching Experiences. All activities on the ranch include experienced local guides. Accommodation is simple but charming including 7 rooms with private ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, ventilator/fan and the immediate area includes a large swimming pool, covered hammocks area as well as a garden of 2 hectares with palms and coconut trees. Other facilities include a watch tower for panoramic views of the Pantanal, a number of small lakes for fishing, a library, as well as wireless internet. The team at the ranch are multi-lingual and you will find a range of languages are spoken fluently, including Portuguese, English, Spanish, Swiss-German, German, and Hebrew. This area of Miranda is well know for its large population of Giant Anteaters, Capybara, as well as Toucans and other native birds.
If you are staying on a ranch, in a lodge or fazenda, your accommodation will be able to help organise your exit from Miranda.