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Rio de Janeiro & Costa Verde Trek & Kayak Tour

11 Days/10 Nights

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
  • Best months to visit: All Year Round - March - April - May - June - September - October
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    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.
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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
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.

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.