Kayak Brazil's Tropical Fjord in Paraty

Paddle Brazil’s Green Coast, island hopping around some of the best beaches in the country. 3 days, 2 nights.

Set off from the historic colonial town of Paraty and paddle along the Costa Verde, where lush green forests reach golden sandy beaches. Explore Saco do Mamanguá, a tropical fjord undiscovered by mass tourism and one of Brazil’s top kayaking destinations, whilst staying in traditional fishermen’s cottages.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days of kayaking
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Fully trained, English speaking guide
  • 2 nights accommodation in fishermen’s cottages
  • 2 dinners, 3 lunches, 2 breakfasts and drinking water
  • Support boat

Perfect for:

Active travellers who want to kayak the coast and are happy to go without creature comforts for a few days to get away from the tourist trail.

Need To Know

You’ll try a variety of the very best local Brazilian dishes on this trip. Seafood features heavily, in particular, the fresh fish, shrimp and squid from the coastal communities with rice, beans and manioc flour that are the staple ingredients of Brazilian eating.

We are able to cater to dietary requirements - please let us know at the time of booking.

Travelling from the UK, British Airways operates direct flights to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo or LATAM flies direct to São Paulo. There is a wide choice of airlines offering indirect flights via Europe, or Avianca fly from London via Bogota, Colombia.

Paraty is mid-way between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, around four hours away from both. There are regular intercity buses from both, as well as door-to-door minibus transfers and private transfers can also be arranged.

You can kayak all year round, however, the best time is in the Brazilian autumn and winter (March to August) when it’s cooler, drier and sunnier. During these months temperatures are around 25°C during the day, dropping to around 15°C at night, and humidity is low.

December, January and February are the tropical summer months which are very hot (up to 35°C), very humid and rainfall is much higher - while the trip does run throughout these months we would recommend only booking if you’re used to exercising in the heat already.

April-June and October-November are the quietest months if you would like to avoid the crowds!

The kayaking route can vary depending on the local weather and sea conditions - our experienced guides will choose the best possible route on the day.

You’ll need to bring-

  • Polarized sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Long sleeve rash vest
  • Wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap
  • A torch or headlamp
  • Insect repellent and after-bite treatment
  • Trail/running shoes for hiking
  • Waterproof sandals or flip flops
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pullover or jumper (from May to September when the weather is cooler)
  • Breathable rain gear
  • Comfortable small rucksack - we recommend around 25-litre capacity
  • Swimsuit
  • Change of clothes for the evenings

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of four people and a maximum of twelve, so you’ll be kayaking with other like-minded travellers. Lot’s of people book our trips as a solo traveller - it’s a great way to meet people.

  • 2 nights accommodation in a local fisherman’s cottage
  • All meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 evening meals)
  • Drinking water
  • All guided kayaking
  • Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets and dry bags
  • Support Boat
  • Full trained, English speaking guide
  • Local transport from the centre of Paraty to Jabaquara Beach, the kayaking start/finish point

This trip is ideal for paddlers with some experience or for active people wanting to try a multi-day kayaking trip for the first time. You’ll be kayaking in protected bays most of the time, although you will be covering distances of up to 25km per day so you should have a decent level of fitness. The first and third days are the longest, with the second day a bit more relaxing.

We do have a support boat with us for the whole trip, so if you get tired or just want to take a break and enjoy the views then that’s not a problem!

All kayaking equipment is included. You’ll be using high quality tandem fibre-glass sea kayaks with retractable rudders.

Lifejackets and dry bags for your camera and anything else you wish to carry with you in the kayak are also provided.

A support boat follows us at all times, so if you get tired and want to take a break that’s not a problem, you can just jump in for a ride.

The only extra costs are-

  • Travel to and from Paraty
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any soft drinks or alcoholic drinks (water is provided)
  • Any tips or gratuities (optional)


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Brazil’s Costa Verde, or the Green Coast, is an area of lush forested hills, golden sandy beaches and turquoise seas dotted with tropical islands. National Geographic Traveller magazine called this area ‘a sea kayaker’s dream’ and it’s easy to see why - spend your days island hopping, swimming in the ocean and eating traditional Brazilian seafood.

The historic Portuguese colonial town of Paraty was a key port for exporting gold from Brazil, with the riches this brought allowing the wealthy to build the picturesque bright painted houses that still fill the town today. With the backdrop of green mountains and colourful fishing boats bobbing in the harbour, the small town has become a popular destination for tourists. Cafes, restaurants and art galleries line the cobbled streets built just below sea level and flooded by the ocean at high tide, an ancient method of keeping the streets clean.

Start point?

You’ll meet at the Paraty Explorer base on Jabaquara Beach, just outside the centre of town 09:00 on the first day of your trip. If you wish, you can be collected from your hotel in the centre of Paraty at 08:30.

Finish point?

You’ll return to the Paraty Explorer base on Jabaquara Beach at 16:00 on the final day of your trip.

Getting there and away?

From the UK, British Airways operate direct flights to both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with LATAM also flying direct to São Paolo. There is also a wide choice of airlines that fly indirect via Europe, or Avianca fly from via Bogota, Colombia.

Paraty is around four hours by bus from both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with regular, comfortable public bus services running from both several times every day. There’s also door to door minibus transfers available or private transfers can be arranged.

What to Expect

Day 1: Kayak the Bay of Paraty and the Costa Verde

Meet your group and guides for a kayaking briefing in the colonial town of Paraty – full of crumbling churches, pretty squares and colourful fishing boats in the harbour.

Set off padding into the bay dotted with tropical islands. Paddle past the privately owned Mantimento Island and try to spot the rare and endangered Golden Lion Tamarin monkey.

Continue kayaking around the lush coastline, with tropical rainforest and rocky shores interspersed with sandy beaches, with lunch and plenty of swimming stops along the way.

Reach Saco do Mamanguá, a tropical fjord reaching inland for eight kilometres surrounded by forested hills and only accessible by sea or on foot.

Relax over dinner and stay at a local fisherman’s cottage tonight, learning about the Caiçara culture of the local people who inhabit this area.

Paddling time approximately five hours and a distance of 25km

Day 2: Climb Sugarloaf Peak and Kayak Mangroves

Wake up to a view of the imposing Mamanguá Sugarloaf Mountain.

After breakfast, set off climbing the 425m high peak for far-reaching views over the surrounding forest, hills and turquoise waters of the fjord.

Enjoy lunch on the beach and a refreshing swim before getting back into the kayaks for an afternoon on the water. Paddle to the mangrove forest in the far reaches of the fjord, a sanctuary for marine life and filled with over one hundred species of fish.

Return to your fisherman’s cottage to enjoy another traditional Brazilian meal and relax for the night.

Padding time approximately three hours and a distance of 12km

Day 3: Kayak back along the coast

Enjoy a final breakfast in Mamanguá fjord, then paddle back to the open sea.

Retrace your way along the Costa Verde, with a stop for a final tasty lunch.

Pass Little Paraty, or ‘Paraty Mirim’ in the local indigenous language, the disembarkation point for slaves being transported from Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Paddle back into Paraty where your kayaking adventure ends.

Paddling time approximately 4-5 hours and a distance of 25km


You’ll be staying in local fisherman’s cottages, in twin or double rooms with shared bathrooms. Simple but clean and a great way to immerse yourself in the Caiçara culture of the people indigenous to this area of Brazil. There is hot water and electricity to re-charge your camera, however as you would expect due to the undiscovered nature of this area, there is no wi-fi or phone signal.

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