Difference between revisions of "Miranda (Mato Grosso do Sul)"
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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.
Miranda is the gateway into the Pantanal.
Pantanal Ranch Meia Lua  is your gateway to experience the Southern Pantanals unique flora, fauna and inhabitants in close range. This is a working ranch offering a variety of tours including pre-defined package itineraries, personalised package tours, day tours and ranch activities such as jeep safari, bush walking, fishing, bicycle rental, and horse riding. All activities include experienced local guides. Accommodation on the ranch is charming including 7 rooms with private ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, ventilator/fan, swimming pool, hammocks, a garden of 2 hectares, watch tower, a lake for fishing, library, as well as wireless internet and computers for guest use. Gardens are surrounded by palm and coconut trees.
If you are staying on a ranch, in a lodge or fazenda, your accommodation will be able to help organise your exit from Miranda.