This Hike & Kayak Tour of Rio de Janeiro and the Costa Verde takes you first by the scenic route around the most exotic city in the world, with a hike to the highest peak in the city before you visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer. You also kayak in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain before hiking and climbing, or catching the cable car up to the summit. On the Costa Verde, you hike and kayak around the rugged and remote Laranjeiras Peninsula, between tropical beaches, through Atlantic Rainforest and to peaks with some of the most breathtaking views in Brazil.
This Kayak Tour of Rio de Janeiro & the Costa Verde (with plenty of hiking too!) takes you first to Rio, to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer, kayak in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain before either taking the cable car or climbing to the top, as well as the city and its vibrant beach and nightlife culture.
After the big city, comes the scenic escape. You then travel down the Costa Verde, Brazil's most spectacular coastal route, to the charming colonial port of Paraty. This tiny town nestles at the bottom of the Serra do Mar mountain range, with Atlantic Rainforest, waterfalls and jungle trails. Paraty is sits on the Bay of Angra dos Reis, which is possibly the best kayaking area of Brazil's 8,000km coastline. Yes... that good! The combined hike and kayak safari takes you completely off the beaten track, crossing the Laranjeiras Peninsula, a rugged, remote region of Atlantic Rainforest, paradise beaches and isolated fishing communities. The days are spent hiking between tropical beaches, overnighting in the villages in simple local accommodation, climbing mountain peaks with stunning Costa Verde views, then kayaking back to Paraty from Saco da Mamangua, Brazil's only tropical fjord.
A support boat can be provided to transport luggage between overnight stops, simple seafood meals are included along the way. English speaking guide with NOLS Wilderness First Aid training and American Canoe Association training in advanced skills and rescue. Sea Kayaks with drop-down rudders are used, made to international standards by Opium Caiaque in Brazil, the premier sea-kayak manufacturer in the country. You will be in good hands.
Best Time to Visit: Departures for this particular hike and kayak trip are throughout the year, with the cooler months of March to September being recommended, with July being busiest in terms of tourist numbers. December to February are the Hot! months and also have more rainfall. Group departures can be organised too, with Sunday being the first day of the hike from Paraty. Private departures can be organised on any date, and routes and paddling hours are adjusted to suit abilities and experience. We can also adjust the tour for shorter and longer periods as necessary, with an extension to Ilha Grande also a possibility.
- Destinations: Rio de Janeiro - Paraty - Costa Verde
- Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights
- Trip Style: Adventure
- Activities: Hiking & Trekking - Climbing - Kayaking & Canoeing - Ecotourism
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 : Rio from Above!|
|On arrival in Rio de Janeiro , our guide welcomes you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel. Your first spectacular activity 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 professional instructors, who give you a safety briefing including take-off and landing. No prior experience is necessary, just a little courage! The 15min flight soars between the mountains, over the urban forest and circles out over the Atlantic waves before finally landing on the sands of Praia Pepino. You return to your hotel afterwards with the rest of your first day free.|
|Day 2 : Ocean Kayaking & Climbing Sugar Loaf|
|Morning brings the journey to Praia Vermelha, the beach which is home to the cable car station. Ignoring the easy way, you circle Sugar Loaf Mountain on a 2hr coastal trail. The final section is the short climb of 25m/80ft up the granite, and can be done by beginners of reasonable fitness. Enjoying the sunset views having just climbed Sugar Loaf is the most satisfying way to visit one of Rio's postcard places. After returning by cable car you transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day free. Evening may bring a trip to Lapa, to experience the live music in Rio's best clubs, best from Thursday to Saturday but possible other nights.|
|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 : Striding Out in Laranjeiras|
|Your Costa Verde Expedition begins with the short road journey from Paraty up and over the Laranjeiras Peninsula to the trailhead. The first day takes you on an open trail through Atlantic Rainforest over the headland from the village of Laranjeiras. Praia do Sono is the first stretch of Costa Verde paradise that you traverse, followed by Antigos and Antiguinhos with the chance to swim in crystal clear waters and explore amongst the rocks on the beaches. Lunch and dinner are simple meals cooked by families of the local fishing communities, including the final stop at Ponta Negra. Easy/Moderate Day with 3hrs of hiking.|
|Day 6 : Ponta Negra Waterfall Hike|
|The village of Ponta Negra is the base for your day. After waking up early to the sounds of the sea and the village, you have all the time you need for a swim and a walk before breakfast. The day begins with the hike up through the jungle trails to Saco Bravo, a waterfall that descends down the rocks to form its own natural infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The pool provides the perfect cooling off place after a hike of 3 hours or so. You return by the same path to Ponta Negra, where a swim in the cove should refresh you after a hot day's hiking. Dinner is again in the village too. Moderate Day with 4-5 hrs of hiking.|
|Day 7 : The Wild Side of the Costa Verde|
|After leaving Ponta Negra in the morning, the day is spent hiking the wild side of the Laranjeiras Peninsula. The Atlantic Rainforest drops directly into the sea for much of this journey as the path hugs the coastline looking out onto the open ocean until Praia Martim de Sa. This is perhaps the most remote point of the Juatinga Peninsula, a tiny stretch of sand that many people feel is the best beach of the Costa Verde and perhaps anywhere! The hike continues over the headland to Pouso da Cajaiba, a tiny fishing village where you can relax looking out over the Bay of Angra dos Reis. Moderate/Challenging Day with 6-7 hrs of hiking.|
|Day 8 : Juatinga Nature Reserve|
|In the morning you wake up with the sun rising out of the sea in front of you, and the chance for a dawn dip in the waters. The day's hiking begins before the sun gets too high, with the trail hugging the Juatinga Peninsula coastline through the final part of the nature reserve. There are freshwater pools along the route to cool off before the trail heads up and over to the Saco do Mamanguá, the only tropical fjord in Brazil. This unspoiled paradise has mountains covered with Atlantic Rainforest towering up on each side as you cross the fjord to your accommodation. Moderate/Challenging Day with 5-6 hrs of hiking.|
|Day 9 : The only Tropical Fjord in Brazil|
|The stunning morning view from your accommodation includes the imposing shape of Sugar Loaf Mountain (no, not that one!), at 1,600ft/500m the highest peak aorund Saco do Mamangua. Morning brings a hike up to the top for views that encompass a wide range of the Juatinga and Laranjeiras Peninsulas, with the highest Costa Verde peaks and many of its islands also visible. If you can pull yourselves away from one of the best views in Brazil, after the descent comes lunch on the beach and an afternoon kayak exploration of tropical mangroves. Easy/Moderate Day with 2-3hrs of hiking and 2-3hrs of paddling.|
|Day 10 : Paddling Back to Paraty|
|The boots can be packed away and the paddles picked up for a final long day of action, with a support boat on hand should anybody feel the journey back to Paraty is a paddle too far. After leaving the mountainous walls of the fjord, you paddle past the remote fishing community of Paraty-Mirim. Arriving at Paraty by sea gives you wonderful views of the historical town as the sun drops behind the Costa Verde mountain ranges behind. You will have earned a good dinner for the evening, and Paraty has many options on the cobbled streets and in the squares of the old town. Moderate/Challenging Day. 3-5hrs paddling.|
|Day 11 : Leaving the Costa Verde Behind|
|With your flight home from Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo likely to be overnight, you have the morning to relax and recover from your Costa Verde exertions. Time maybe for a wander around Paraty to buy some souvenirs or art work. You may be able to fit in an early lunch on the historic cobbled streets before being picked up for the final part of your journey along the Costa Verde. Your hiking and kayaking tour of Rio de Janeiro and the Costa Verde is likely to stay in your memory for a long time, and it may well inspire you to return to Brazil for more adventures. You can also extend this tour to visit other parts of the country with Brazil Adventure Tours.|
|PRICES||Simple||3 Star||4 Star||Luxury|
|Per Adult *||US$ 2,775||US$ 3,150||US$ 3,575||US$ 4,150|
|Domestic Flights **||N/A|
|Suggested Hotels||Simple||3 Star||4 Star||Luxury|
|Rio de Janeiro|
* 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?
- Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?
- What is the best time of year for this tour?
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 - March - April - May - June - September - October
|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
|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.|