The sleepy town of Aquidauana is a popular fishing destination with a few sandy beaches, but it’s not really worth staying over here. Instead check into the fazenda lodges (cattle ranch/eco-resorts) in the vicinity of Aquidauana.
If you have a few hours to kill in Aquidauana, you could do far worse than tucking into a hearty meal at O Casarão (Rua Manuel A. Paes de Barros 533, tel. 67/3241-2219, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 6–11 p.m. Tues.–Sun., R$10–20). Although the specialty is pintado, you can also savor pacu and jacaré.
Getting to Aquidauana
Aquidauana is 148 kilometers (92 miles) from Campo Grande (a two-hour bus ride). The neighboring town of Anastácio, on the other side of the Rio Aquidauana, is a regional transport hub with bus service to Bonito, Miranda, and Corumbá.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition