This 4 day trek following the Atlantic Coast around the Paraty region of Brazil offers an opportunity to get off the beaten track and discover some of Brazil's dazzling coastal gems. Heading away from the areas visited by the masses in favour of forest-fringed trekking routes, our route takes in picture-perfect beaches and bays some of which are only reached by boat or trek, and we will stay in remote fishing villages.
Day 1 (Friday 20 October 2017): London – Rio de Janeiro
Depart London for Rio de Janeiro. On arrival we will transfer to a central hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 (Saturday 21 October 2017): Rio – Paraty – Laranjeira – Ponta Negra
We have an early breakfast this morning before departing at 6am to travel to Paraty (approx. 4 hours’ drive). Our trek commences from the town of Laranjeira (a town beautifully positioned in between the forest and the ocean) to reach the secluded Praia do Sono ('Sleepy Beach'). The trek takes us through the Cairuçu Environmental Preserve, a protected area of untouched Atlantic Forest, with its wonderful wildlife and birdlife. The picture-perfect Praia do Sono makes a perfect lunch stop before we continue trekking, passing two other spectacular beaches at Antigos and Antinguinhos, to reach Ponta Negra (a small, remote fishing village with a white-sand beach which boasts crystal clear sea) where we have dinner and stay overnight at a nearby campsite. Trekking: 8 kms (approx. 3 hours), Moderate trekking.
Day 3 (Sunday 22 October 2017): Ponta Negra – Saco Bravo – Ponta Negra
This morning we set off for the Saco Bravo Waterfall, a trek of around 5 hours which includes some steep ascents and descents. We enjoy some time at the waterfall, staying here for lunch, before trekking back for dinner at our campsite in Ponta Negra. Trekking: Approx. 10 kms
Day 4 (Monday 23 October 2017): Ponta Negra – Martins de Sá
Another early start is needed today for our trek to Martins de Sá (a 400m long beach with white sand and turquoise waters). Set away from inhabited areas, this beach is reached by boat or trekking, and consequently remains a quiet treasure to enjoy. There are few tourist facilities. Today is a longer and tougher day of trekking covering approx. 14km. We aim to arrive at Martins de Sá around midday and can enjoy a well-earned afternoon rest on arrival, enjoying a taste of paradise! We camp overnight at Martins de Sá. Trekking: Approx.14 kms, Tough walking.
Day 5 (Tuesday 24 October 2017): Martins Sá – Pouso do Cajaiba – Paraty – Rio
Waking early again we continue our trek to Pouso do Cajaiba, a fishing community which lives beside yet another of Brazil’s beautiful beaches, set within an area of environmental protection. This is the end point of our trek and where we meet our boat for a transfer to Paraty. (We will have a break during our trek at a local ‘pousada’ (guesthouse) where we can freshen up. Our minibus will meet us from the boat in Paraty for the journey back to Rio de Janeiro (approx. 4 hours). Overnight at hotel. Trekking: Approx: 12 kms, Tough walking.
Day 6 (Wednesday 25 October 2017): Rio de Janeiro
Enjoy some free time this morning to explore Rio. You might like to take a taxi to Rio’s Cosme Velho Station where you can board a cog-train for the ride through Tijuca Forest to ascend the 748 metre high Corcovado Mountain, on which the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. Alternatively you could take an optional ocean kayaking tour this morning – (at extra cost) before taking on one final challenge this afternoon. We will be picked up from the hotel after lunch for a transfer to the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain, where we embark on a steep 2 ½ hour trail to the summit of the summit of this famous landmark! The trek follows a rocky trail, with some scrambling sections and even a short 80ft (25 metres) rock climb section which is perfect for beginners. No rock climbing experience is required and full instruction and supervision (as well as safety equipment) will be provided. After some time at the summit celebrating our achievement and enjoying the spectacular views, we descend part way by Cable car to ‘Morro da Urca’ (Urca Hill) where we finish our challenge with a 30 minute hike on a forest trail back down to the minibus for our transfer back to the hotel. This evening we enjoy a celebration dinner at a local barbecue restaurant (drinks not included). Overnight at hotel. Total hiking time approx. 4 hours. Tough trekking.
Day 7 (Thursday 26 October 2017): Rio de Janeiro - London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London. NB: Depending on flight schedules you may arrive back in London the following day
Day 8 (Friday 27 October 2017): London
Land back in London depending on flight times.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Airport taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Brazil
- 3* hotel in Rio, tents on trek
- English-speaking local guides
- Different Travel UK tour manager
- All meals as per itinerary
- Trek permits
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Travel insurance
- Spending money (tips, drinks, souvenirs)
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Personal trek kit
- Carbon emission offsetting
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