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Rio & Costa Verde Adventure Tour

11 Days/10 Nights

This adventurous tour of Rio and the Costa Verde takes you up Rio's mountains, hiking, climbing and hang-gliding from them. As you move down the spectacular Costa Verde route, there are more trails to remote beaches and island peaks, with stunning scenery and unbeatable views. The views at sea-level around the rugged coastline are also special, as you discover when exploring them by sea-kayak on turquoise waters with sea-turtles for company.

Hiking Tours of Brazil

Our Hiking Tours of Brazil are all basic ideas that can be tailor-made to match your requirements. Any tour can include one or more destinations, and can be purely dedicated to hiking, although some mountains may include a little climbing that is still suitable for those without much experience. We can also arrange serious climbing trips. We can also mix them with other activities such as climbing, kayaking or tandem hang-gliding flights, some regular tourism, and some nightlife. We include all that you need during your trip, the accommodation with breakfast; all airport transfers and other road journeys; any activities and excursions with English-speaking guides and relevant entrance fees; plus some popular extras. For our Hiking Tours of Brazil, you only need to bring your favourite hiking boots and regular outdoor clothing and equipment. Any parts where a little climbing is necessary will include ropes, helmets and safety harnesses. All hikes and climbs are undertaken with an experienced, qualified local guide, with activity insurance included.

This adventurous tour of Rio and the Costa Verde takes you up Rio's mountains, hiking, climbing and hang-gliding from them. As you move down the spectacular Costa Verde route, there are more trails to remote beaches and island peaks, with stunning scenery and unbeatable views. The views at sea-level around the rugged coastline are also special, as you discover when exploring them by sea-kayak on turquoise waters with sea-turtles for company.


  • Destinations: Rio de Janeiro - Paraty - Ilha Grande - Costa Verde
  • Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Activities: Tandem Hang-Gliding - Hiking & Trekking - Climbing - Kayaking & Canoeing - Ecotourism - Beaches

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : The Marvellous City from Sugar Loaf
On arrival in Rio de Janeiro, your Brazil Adventure Tours guide describes the Marvellous City during the journey to your hotel. After time to check in and eat lunch, the action begins at Praia Vermelha, the base of the cable car station. Instead of taking the easy way up, you circle Sugar Loaf Mountain along a 2hr trail. The final section is the short climb of 25m up the granite, and can be done by beginners of reasonable fitness. Enjoying the sunset views from Sugar Loaf having just climbed it is the most satisfying way to visit one of Rio's postcard places. After enjoying the views, you descend by cable car and transfer to your hotel for the evening.
Day 2 : Flying High Over Rio
One of the most spectacular activities in Rio or any other city is to hang-glide from Pedra Bonita Mountain to land on the beach. Your tandem flight is in the safe hands of our professional instructors, who give you a safety briefing including take-off and landing practice. No prior experience is necessary, just a little courage! The 15min flight soars between the mountains, over the urban forest and circles above Atlantic waves before landing on the sands of Sao Conrado. The whole experience lasts around 2 hours depending on wind and weather conditions. You transfer back to your hotel afterwards with the rest of the day free.
Day 3 : Tijuca Peak Hike & Christ the Redeemer
After breakfast, you head to the cool air of the Floresta de Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world covering the granite mountains around which Rio is built. A forest trail takes you to the highest point in the park, the 1,022m Tijuca Peak. The 360˚ city views are matched by those from Corcovado, where the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio, Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the beaches ringing the city. After returning for lunch, you can enjoy the afternoon on Copacabana or Ipanema Beach. The evening can include a trip to Lapa, to experience the live music in Rio's best samba clubs.
Day 4 : Down The Costa Verde to Paraty
In the morning, you journey down the Costa Verde, Brazil's Emerald Coast, and possibly its most spectacular coastal route. After leaving Rio behind, the 3-4hr drive takes you on the coast-hugging road, with jungle-covered mountains towering up to your right, and tropical islands dotting the sparkling blue Bay of Angra dos Reis to your left. After checking in to your Paraty hotel, you can spend a little time exploring the historic centre of the old port town before you take to the waters of the bay on a SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board. The shallow waters and offshore islands make it the perfect place to start.
Day 5 : Jungle Trails & Hidden Beaches
Today takes you up and over the hills of the remote Laranjeiras Peninsula to the start of the trail to Praia do Sono. A reasonably straightforward path over the headland through Atlantic Rainforest has you dropping down to the beautiful Praia do Sono. The beach and the fishing village there can only be reached by trail or boat. A stop for swimming in the crystal waters comes before you cross the next headland to the tropical paradise beaches of Antigos and Antiguinhos. After returning to Sono for a simple seafood lunch, you can either hike back or catch a ride with a local fisherman back to Laranjeiras and the transport to Paraty for the evening.
Day 6 : Ocean Kayaking in Paraty Bay
A few hours offshore paddling around the bay close to Paraty is a pleasurable way to spend your morning. An early start is necessary before the sun gets too hot, with sunblock and sunhat essential companions. The paddle around the coast, past headlands and empty beaches is a tranquil one. Depending on the tide, you may also have the chance to paddle through the mangroves. You return to dry land before lunch, which can be enjoyed close by on Praia Jabaquara, before you cross back over the hill to the historic town once more. The afternoon is free to either enjoy the beaches or a wander around the town once more.
Day 7 : Escape to Ilha Grande
After breakfast you transfer an hour to Angra dos Reis where the morning boat takes you to the largest island in the bay, Ilha Grande. On arrival at Vila do Abraao, the main village of the island, you will be helped with your luggage as there are no vehicles on the island, so journeys on foot along the beaches are necessary. After checking in, the afternoon is free to enjoy the beach, swing in a hammock under the trees, or perhaps walk or kayak to the beaches at Praia Crena or Abraaozinho. In the shallows of Crena or Praia Canto, the end of the main beach, you can often find sea turtles feeding, and snorkelling with them is an island treat.
Day 8 : Praia Lopes Mendes Trail
The Classic Ilha Grande Hike is the 2 hour trail to Praia Lopes Mendes, regularly mentioned as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. The hike over the headlands to Lopes Mendes takes you through virgin Atlantic Rainforest, with howler monkeys, black-tufted marmoset and porcupines amongst the possibilities for wildlife encounters, as well as the island snakes. You pass smaller beaches such as Palmas en route before crossing the isthmus at the eastern end of the island and cross through to Lopes Mendes on the quiet, wild Atlantic side. You can catch the taxi boat back to Abraao from Palmas if you prefer longer on the beach.
Day 9 : Parrot's Peak Hike
Your second Ilha Grande hike takes you up Pico do Papagaio (Parrot's Peak), the second highest mountain on the island. The trail takes you out of the village in the direction of Dois Rios. Before the top of the trail, you turn up to the right and walk amongst Atlantic Rainforest roots and bamboo groves for around 4 hours. The final part is a steeper scramble up the neck of the parrot, before you finally emerge on the rocky head with stunning panoramic views of the Costa Verde, Restinga da Marambaia, even all the way up to Rio on a clear day. Vila do Abraao is also there beneath you. You will have earned the rest to appreciate the magnificent view!
Day 10 : Secluded Trails & Remote Beaches
Lopes Mendes is certainly not the only stunning beach on Ilha Grande, with Dois Rios, Aventureiro and Parnaoica all featuring on postcards. Reaching many of these beaches may require some effort, either by boat or by trails crossing the mountains of the interior. The reward is to spend the day almost alone on a beautiful Brazilian beach, a stretch of tropical paradise to yourselves. Be careful not to return too late - the jungle becomes very dark at sunset. Alternatively, you could take a boat trip around Ilha Grande, making snorkelling stops at tropical lagoons. Mountain-biking and scuba diving trips around the island can also be included.
Day 11 : Leaving Ilha Grande
Perhaps the most difficult part of your stay on Ilha Grande will be leaving the island! The relaxed atmosphere, the beautiful scenery of mountains, jungle, beaches and warm seas, the wildlife on land and in the sea leave most people vowing to return. You leave the island on the morning boat and continue your journey back up the Costa Verde to Rio de Janeiro, arriving in good time for your international flight home. This adventurous trip around Rio de Janeiro and the Costa Verde can also be combined with any of our other wonderful Brazil Adventures, and also extended to include some of the longer distance hiking and kayaking ideas.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 2,000 US$ 2,425 US$ 2,900 US$ 3,725
Domestic Flights ** N/A


Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Rio de Janeiro
Paraty
Ilha Grande
Costa Verde

 

* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

All Year Round

Tandem Hang-Gliding Flight - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 3 Hours incl Instructions/Transfers
If there is one adventurous activity that we recommend you try in Rio, then tandem hang-gliding should be top of your list. Flights take off from the ramp on the top of Pedra Bonita in the Tijuca Forest National Park, with expert and very experienced instructors. For 10-15 minutes, gliders circle the skies above the Sao Conrado district and out over the Atlantic Ocean, before landing on the sands of Praia do Pepino. Instruction on take-off and landing is given, as well as safety talks. Our instructors are the best in Rio, the national and continental champions, and they make sure that your tandem hang-gliding experience will be a special memory of Rio.
Christ the Redeemer Statue - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: During Half or Full Day Tours
The iconic sight of Rio de Janeiro is the statue of Christ the Redeemer looking down on the city from the top of the steep Corcovado Mountain. This spectacular location is 710m high and visit to the 31m art-deco statue of course makes part of a stay in Rio for most first-time visitors to the city. ‘Cristo’ can be seen from many parts of Rio, near and far, even when lit up at night, meaning that the views from the base of the statue are as spectacular as any city view in the world, taking in the city, the lagoon, Guanabara Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, plus beaches and mountains galore. Spread those arms, take that photo and tick off Cristo!
Sugar Loaf Mountain Cable-Car Ride - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: During Half or Full Day Tours
Sugar Loaf Mountain is the 396m tall block of granite and quartz that guards the western entrance of Guanabara Bay, the natural harbour on which Rio de Janeiro was founded. The cable car was only the third ever to be built when inaugurated in 1912 by Brazilian engineer Augusto Ferreira Ramos. There are actually two cables, the first from beside Praia Vermelha to the middle station on the top of Urca Rock, and the second strung between there and the summit of Sugar Loaf itself. A trip to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain is an essential part of a first visit to Rio, with views matching those from Cristo, which can be seen silhouetted against the sky.
Copacabana & Ipanema Beaches - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: As Long As You Like!
Possibly the two most famous stretches of sand in the world in the world are in Rio. Copacabana is a beautiful 4km curve of sand, with plenty of hotels in the 3 or 4 blocks between the beach and the mountains. Ipanema is a 3km strip of mainly residential buildings. They are only 500m apart and as we recommend that our visitors to Rio stay within walking distance of one of them, these beaches will make part of every visit. With swimming, surfing, lounging, beach activities, plus world-class people-watching, we always leave time for people to enjoy themselves on Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches.
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Free
In any other city, a huge lagoon backed by mountains would be far more famous, but the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon has much competition in Rio. an 8km path around the perimeter for walking, running and cycling means that the area always has visitors. Pedal swans and stand-up paddle boards can also be taken out on the water, under the gaze of ‘Cristo’. Bars and restaurants in the Ipanema corner make the lagoon a pleasant place to spend the evening too, with lights twinkling all around - especially when the famous electronic Christmas tree is in that part of the lagoon! You may also encounter the resident capybara that returned to the area recently.
Prainha & Grumari Beaches - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: All Day
Our favourite little escape from Rio. These two stunning beaches on the western edge of Rio are the best choice to spend a few hours away from the urban jungle. Backed by mountains covered with Atlantic Rainforest, pounded with surf, this wonderful natural setting is more Costa Verde than city, augmented by regular visits from local wildlife. Both beaches have an excellent open-air restaurant each overlooking the waves. From these we have spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and even a collared anteater swimming in the waves! Seafood lunch with a view is an unbeatable way to pass the middle of the day on the beaches of Prainha and Grumari.
Rocinha Favela Tour - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 3 Hours
The favelas of Rio are notorious worldwide with regular appearances in films, music videos and of course on the news. Rio has over 500 separate communities classed as favelas, which are basically illegal housing built on previously empty land, often on the precarious slopes of Rio’s mountains. Most people who live there lead ordinary working lives, and the communities work, rest and play the same as any other. Some overlook the main beaches of Rio and have stunning ocean views. A visit to a favela such as Rocinha, the largest of the favelas on these slopes, allows you a fascinating glimpse of community life in the ultimate urban jungle.
Tijuca Peak Hike - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Half Day
The highest of all the mountains in Rio is Tijuca Peak at 1,021m, and a half day hike to the top takes you from the upper car park inside the park gates to the summit. The 3km trail is comfortable for anyone with hiking experience, usually 1-2 hours up and an hour back down at the most. The trail is under lush Atlantic Rainforest, winding up around the rock until it clears for the final part. Steps cut into the rock, with a not completely trustworthy chain, take you to the top, where you can enjoy views looking over the city and Maracana Stadium or the Imperador Rock looking back at you. Tijuca Peak works well with a visit to the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Pedra da Gavea Hike & Climb - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Full Day
Rio has many peaks making part of the range of mountains that separate the city into North and South Zones. This is all part of the Tijuca Forest National Park. Pedra da Gavea is the most distinctive of them, the flat-topped rock named for the topsail on a sailing ship. This hike and climb is a full day for novice climbers, with some scrambling up through the Atlantic Rainforest section, then a little rock climbing before the final summit. Experienced climbers can try the vertical routes on the Imperador rock-face. The views from the top of the world’s largest coastal monolith are staggering, possibly the best in Rio, with a drop almost directly down into the sea.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Climb - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 5 Hours
What better way to appreciate the views from the top of one of the world’s greatest viewpoints than having arrived there under your own steam? The hike and climb to the 396m summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain can be done by beginners in good shape. The trail from Praia Vermelha takes you around Urca Rock then up the granite shoulders of Sugar Loaf. A short rock section needs climbing before you arrive at the summit. The vertical faces of Sugar Loaf have serious routes for experienced climbers, arriving at the top just in time to spoil many a tourist photo of Rio! Climbing Sugar Loaf is undoubtedly the most satisfying way to the top.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Hike - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 3 Hours
There is a middle way for Sugar Loaf as well, and a very pleasant route it is for those who appreciate a little hiking. The path around the back of Urca takes you alongside the ocean, with the sounds of the waves breaking below, and birds and monkeys for company, possibly with sea-turtles and rays exploring the coastline as well. The path then climbs up through the Atlantic Rainforest on a trail to the saddle between Urca and Sugar Loaf Mountains. From there, you climb the final part to the middle station at the top of Urca, continuing up to Sugar Loaf by the cable car. The return can be done the same way or by the cable car directly to Praia Vermelha.
Rio City & Santa Teresa Tour - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Half Day
This tour, visiting the city centre and the hillside Santa Teresa district is usually combined with one of the major Rio sights, Christ the Redeemer or Sugar Loaf Mountain. The views over central Rio from the Santa Teresa hills are fabulous, including from the Parque das Ruinas. After dropping down to Lapa, the Selaron Staircase is full of colourful tiles from around the world, placed by Chilean artist Jorge Selaron. The Lapa Arches take the pretty little yellow tram down to the city, passing the Metropolitan Cathedral and its impressive stained-glass windows. The historic buildings of Rio and the Municipal Theatre are also worth a look.
Dois Irmaos/Two Brothers Hike - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Half Day
The action begins with the hike up through the Vidigal favela to the top of Dois Irmaos, the Two Brothers peak overlooking Ipanema Beach. The first part is the drive up the winding roads through the hillside community to the trailhead. An hour of hiking through the forest brings you out directly above the Rocinha Favela, with spectacular views of there and Sao Conrado Beach. You continue the forest path to the summit, where you can enjoy the expansive views of Leblon, Ipanema, the lagoon and far more. The journey back down to sea level can include a wander through the streets of the favela for a fascinating look at life inside the ultimate urban jungle.
Rio Boat Tour - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Half or Full Day
There are many spectacular views of Rio, but one of the best angles is undoubtedly from a boat in Guanabara Bay or during the trip to the Cagarras Islands just offshore. There are many possible routes, ranging from the quick trip from Marina da Gloria out around the bay, with views of Rio and across to neighbouring city Niteroi, to trips (on days of calm sea!) out to the offshore islands, or further along the coast past Niteroi to land on one of the beaches and have lunch. Boat trips can be done privately by motor or sail, and also as part of a larger group by schooner.
Boat Tour of the Bay - Paraty
Duration: 6 Hours
Your day begins with the short walk to Paraty's picturesque harbour, with brightly painted boats all waiting to head out into the bay. You leave the pier to visit some of the tropical islands, secluded beaches and crystal clear coves with stops for snorkelling, swimming and strolling along the sands. Lunch is usually served on board or perhaps on one of the islands. The pleasant cruise back arrives late afternoon as the sun dips behind the mountains, bathing Paraty in rays. Your trip can be done on the large schooners with other people or on smaller private boats.
Old Gold Trail Tour - Paraty
Duration: 8 Hours
A day in the Costa Verde hills takes you first to the Caminho do Ouro, the 500km road that connected the gold-rush areas of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes in Minas Gerais with the port of Paraty which was used to ship gold and minerals to Europe. The journey took 30 days, climbing the steep hills behind the town and through the mountain ranges of the Bocaina and Itatiaia National Parks. Parts of the road built by slaves in the 18th Century are still visible, alongside tumbling waterfalls in the Atlantic Rainforest. Trails to the falls, with a natural slide for the locals to impress visitors, make part of your day, along with a visit to an alambique, the sugar-cane cachaça distilleries of Brazil.
Saco da Mamangua Sailing - Paraty
Duration: 1-3 Days
Cruising out of Paraty takes you first to visit Ilha dos Mantimentos, which used to store the town's food supplies on the island. Now the island is home to a population of the rare golden lion tamarin, a beautifully coloured golden monkey. Praia Vermelha has red-coloured sands and clear waters of the mainland headlands, while sea-turtles can often be found feeding in the neighbouring bay off Jurumirim beach. Saco da Mamangua is the 8km inlet with towering mountains on either side. You can swim in the water, kayak in the mangroves and hike to the peaks.
Paraty Walking Tour - Paraty
Duration: 3 Hours
A walking tour of historic Paraty helps you to learn a little more about the town, its history, and its place in the story of Brazil. The town was settled by the Portuguese as one of their ports (along with one called Rio de Janeiro) to ship the riches of the Minas Gerais gold-rush to Europe. It is built as a harbour and even to receive the highest tides, and your guide can help you uncover the secrets. Baroque churches, colonial mansions and colourful town-houses line the streets and squares, with the fort on the small hill overlooking the red roofs.
Praias do Sono & Antigos Hike - Paraty
Duration: Full Day
This hike takes you up and over the hills of the remote Laranjeiras Peninsula to the start of the trail to Praia do Sono. A reasonably straightforward path over the headland through Atlantic Rainforest has you dropping down to the beautiful Praia do Sono. The beach and the fishing village there can only be reached by trail or boat. A stop for swimming in the crystal waters comes before you cross the next headland to the tropical paradise beaches of Antigos and Antiguinhos. After returning to Sono for a simple seafood lunch, you can either hike back or catch a ride with a local fisherman back to Laranjeiras and your transport back to Paraty for the evening.
Paraty Bay Kayak Trip - Paraty
Duration: 3 Hours
A wonderful few hours can be spent paddling around Paraty Bay by kayak. Leaving from the Jabaquara Beach on the opposite side of the fort hill, you head out around various islands, populated mostly by birds but also a holiday home or two. A stop at an island beach and then a secluded mainland one give the chance to cool off in the water. The paddle then continues into a closed bay, where a shallow channel through the mangroves leads through to the other side, with crabs, heron and egrets for company. Longer kayak trips and overnight paddles are also possible.
Trindade Tour - Paraty
Duration: All Day
The journey to Trindade takes you out of Paraty and over the hills of the Laranjeiras Pensinula, with steep roads to negotiate. Trindade is hidden by the hills of the Serra da Bocaina, which form part of a national park, and the coastline here is very spectacular, with huge rocks on the beaches, streams tumbling down, and verdant Atlantic Rainforest. The beaches range from the surf of Cepilho to the calm bays of Caxadaço, with a visit to the natural pools there possible by trail along the sand or by boat. Lunch is overlooking the main beach in Trindade, returning in the afternoon.
Horse-Riding & Mountain Biking - Paraty
Duration: Various Options
Horse-Riding and Mountain Biking trips can be arrange around Paraty, with rides in the shadows of the peaks that range behind the town. The horse-riding is down at Barra Grande, some 25km away, a ride along Atlantic Rainforest trails, and the chance to have a gallop in the meadows at the finish. Longer horse-rides are also possible, including a multi-day trip up through the mountains to Cunha. Mountain biking can be done with a guide or alone, with many routes to the various waterfalls, viewpoints and beaches of the area.
Stand-Up Paddle Trips - Paraty
Duration: Various Options
Paraty is the perfect place for stand-up paddle, and in fact the local fishermen have been doing it for centuries! The shallow waters of the bay off Jabaquara Beach are perfect to learn, while you can also paddle around Paraty, up the canal, and even up the streets of town during the highest tides of the year! Options for longer day trips heading out by boat to paddle around islands with beaches and monkeys, or bays with sea turtles are also available. Still more options include overnight trips, exploring the beautiful Saco da Mamangua, or SUP-surfing.
Saco da Mamangua Hike - Costa Verde
Duration: Full Day
This full day out to hike to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain (not that one!) is one of the finest in the whole of Brazil. The day begins with short drive to Paraty Mirim, the small village port that used to unload slaving ships. From there you hike over the first Costa Verde hill and into Saco da Mamangua, an 8km inlet with green mountains towering along the sides. After a beautiful crossing by boat, the trail begins from the beach, taking two hours to reach the open rock at the peak. The view of Mamangua and up and down the whole Costa Verde is one of the finest in Brazil! Lunch is on the beach below before returning to Paraty.