Hike the Jungle and Beaches of Brazil’s Green Coast

Explore golden beaches with turquoise water, forested hills and remote fishing villages. 2 days.

2 Nights

Trek the rocky shores, hills and lush rainforest of the Costa Verde, or Green Coast. Visit some of Brazil’s best beaches, swim in waterfalls and then stay overnight in a fishing village only accessible by sea or on foot and eat fresh seafood.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 2 days trekking
  • 1 nights accommodation
  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • 2 lunches, 1 breakfast and 1 dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Local transport to and from the start of the trail

Perfect for:

Active travellers who want to explore a different side of one of Brazil’s most beautiful landscapes - the Green Coast.

Need To Know

You should always check any recommended vaccinations with your GP or a travel clinic for the most up to date advice for your entire trip. In particular, you may require a Yellow Fever certificate to enter Brazil so make sure to ask about this.

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The only extra costs are-

  • Travel to and from Paraty (local transportation whilst on the trip to and from the trailhead is included)
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any soft drinks or alcoholic drinks (water is provided)
  • Any tips or gratuities (optional)

You should have a good general level of fitness. You’ll be walking in hot temperatures for four to five hours each day, although there will be plenty of breaks to rest.

  • 1 nights accommodation in twin or double en-suite accommodation
  • 2 lunches, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • Local transportation to and from Paraty

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.

You’ll need to bring-

  • Polarized sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • Sunscreen
  • 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
  • Walking pole (optional)
  • A small towel (one is provided in the cabins, however you may wish to have a second one for after swimming - we recommend a quick dry, micro-fibre one).

You can do this trip all year round, however, the best time is in the Brazilian autumn and winter (March to September) 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! Paraty can get very busy over public holidays such as Easter with both international and Brazilian visitors.

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.

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.

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.


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Brazil’s Costa Verde, or the Green Coast, is an area of lush forested hills scattered with waterfalls, golden sandy beaches and turquoise water dotted with tropical islands. The tiny village of Ponta Negra is part of the Juatinga Peninsular eco-reserve and is only accessible on foot or by sea. The local Caiçara fishing people have lived here for generations and the reserve protects not only the rainforest, but also their traditional way of life.

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

Start point?

You’ll meet your guide at Paraty bus station, close to the centre of town at 09:00.

Finish point?

You’ll return to Paraty bus station at 17:00.

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 Paulo. There are also a wide choice of airlines that fly indirect via Europe, or Avianca fly from via Bogota, Colombia to several airports in Brazil.

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

What to Expect

Day One: Hiking and Beaches

Meet your guide and fellow travellers at Paraty bus station at 09:00.

Drive to the start of the trail and then set off on foot into the Atlantic rainforest, keeping an eye out for monkeys, butterflies and brightly coloured birds.

Have lunch in the mysterious surroundings of the jungle and then stop at the beautiful Sono and Antigos beaches, only accessible by foot or boat, for a refreshing swim.

Reach the remote village of Ponta Negra, part of the Juatinga Peninsular eco-reserve and far from any roads, home to the Caiçara fishing community and learn how they make their living from the ocean.

Enjoy freshly caught and cooked seafood right on the beach and then relax on a hammock before settling into your cabin for the night.

Total walking time 3-4 hours

Day Two: Jungle and Waterfalls

After breakfast in the village, set off to explore the surrounding rainforest.

Hike on jungle trails with some steep sections to reach Saco Bravo waterfall, perched on the coast where water tumbles over smooth rocks to create a natural infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

Cool off with a swim before returning to Ponta Negra village.

Board a boat from the village and enjoy seeing the jungle and beaches from the sea as you return to Paraty, taking a minibus for the final section, where your adventure will end.

Total walking time 4-5 hours


You’ll stay in rustic cabins on the beach in the remote fishing village of Ponta Negra. Cabins are twins or doubles and all are en-suite with hot showers, electricity and hammocks right outside your door.

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