Trek Tropical Fjords and Ancient Rainforest in Brazil

Discover Brazil’s Green Coast by hiking jungle trails, swimming in waterfalls and relaxing on tropical beaches. 5 days, 4 nights.

  • Brazil
  • June, August—December
  • Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport, Rio De Janeiro (GIG) or Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport, Sao Paulo (GRU)

Get away from the tourist trail, including the isolated Juatinga peninsular eco-reserve for a taste of the local Caiçara culture. Trek through lush green jungle by day then relax on golden sandy beaches and stay in traditional fishing communities at night.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Support boat to transport your luggage
  • Experienced, English speaking guide trained in first aid for remote areas

Perfect for:

Active travellers who want to combine adventure, nature and traditional culture.

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 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.

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)

Please note there is a weight limit of 15kg for your luggage that the support boat will be taking between stops.

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.

  • 4 nights accommodation in twin or double en-suite accommodation in cabins or local fishermen’s cottages
  • 5 lunches, 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Experienced, English speaking guide, trained in first aid for remote areas
  • Local transportation to and from Paraty
  • Support boat to transport your luggage between stops

You should have a good general level of fitness. You’ll be walking in hot temperatures for up to five to seven each day, although there will be plenty of breaks to rest. There is a support boat that will carry your luggage, so you’ll just be hiking with a small daypack holding your essentials for the day, including water.

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)

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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.

Location

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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. The Juatinga Peninsular eco-reserve is home to the Caiçara fishing people who have lived here for generations. Accessible only on foot or by sea the reserve protects not only the rainforest, but the Caiçaras traditional way of life.

The historic Portuguese colonial town of Paraty was a key port for exporting gold from Brazil, the riches this brought allowed the wealthy to build the picturesque brightly 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 and its cobbled streets are now filled with Cafes, restaurants and art galleries. Built just below sea level the streets are flooded by the ocean at high tide, an ancient method of keeping the streets clean.

Start point?

You’ll meet your guide at 09:00 at Paraty bus station.

Finish point?

You’ll return by boat to Paraty, arriving at the tourist pier 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 & Fishing Villages

Meet your guide at 09:00 in Paraty bus station and then set off on your adventure.

Drive to the trailhead and then set off on foot into the lush Atlantic rainforest.

Visit golden sandy beaches, swim in the turquoise waters and enjoy the jungle scenery as it falls from forested slopes down to the ocean.

Arrive at Ponta Negra, a remote fishing village only accessible on foot or by sea where you’ll stay tonight and discover how the local Caiçara community make their living from the ocean.

Kick back in a hammock before enjoying a meal on the beach and settling into your cabin for the night.

Total walking time 3-4 hours

Day Two: Hike to a Waterfall

Wake up and enjoy breakfast by the ocean.

Explore the area around the village, including the many trails that lead through the surrounding jungle.

Hike to Saco Bravo waterfall, perched on the coast where water tumbles over smooth rocks to create a natural infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, with plenty of time to cool off, swim and relax.

Retrace your steps to Ponta Negra for another delicious meal on the beach.

Total walking time 4-5 hours

Day Three: Deserted Beaches

Enjoy your final breakfast in Ponta Negra before setting off to explore the wildest and most remote part of the peninsular.

Hike to the surfing beach of Martim de Sá, a favourite with Brazilian surfers in the know, then continue on through the jungle to the tiny fishing village of Pouso da Cajaiba, where you’ll stay tonight.

Enjoy dinner and time to recharge.

Total walking time 7 hours

Day Four: Hike to a Tropical Fjord

Wake up, eat breakfast and get ready for today’s hike.

Follow the coast, with plenty of stops on golden sandy beaches.

Swim in a freshwater pool and then have lunch on the beach, before continuing on to Saco do Mamanguá, a tropical fjord undiscovered by tourism that reaches inland for eight kilometres.

Eat dinner and then stay in a local fisherman’s cottage beside the fjord.

Total walking time: 5 hours

Day Five: Explore Mamanguá Fjord

Wake up to views of the fjord and the imposing 440 metre high Sugarloaf Peak that overlooks it.

After breakfast hike up the mountain for a view of the entire peninsula, with forested hills and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see.

Head back to the beach for lunch and then climb into canoes for an afternoon on the water.

Paddle to the tropical mangroves at the farthest reaches of the fjord, a sanctuary for marine life filled with over one hundred species of fish.

Return by boat to Paraty in the afternoon where your Green Coast adventure ends.

Total walking time 2-3 hours. Total canoeing time 2-3 hours

Accommodation

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

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Large group? Make a private booking
Special requirements? Get a quote for a custom trip

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Accomodation in Paraty Payable In Resort
Midrange Hotel (double room) BRL400.00 Per Night
Budget Hotel (double room) BRL200.00 Per Night
Hostel bunk bed BRL50.00 Per Person, Per Night

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