Hike Corcovado Peak and SUP on Brazil’s 'Green Coast'

Trek through protected rainforest, watch the sunrise from a mountain viewpoint and SUP to deserted beaches in Ubatuba. 4 days.

3 Nights

Visit the beautiful city of Ubatuba, the surfing capital of São Paulo State. Follow a coastal trail through protected rainforest to spend the night on Corcovado peak, then paddle board through waters filled with marine life to secluded beaches and the ruins of an abandoned prison.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Experienced, English speaking guides
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and trail snacks
  • Drinking water
  • SUP equipment
  • Boat transportation back to Ubatuba

Perfect for: Active people who aren’t afraid of a challenging hike in order to see Brazil’s lush ‘Green Coast’ from up high and on the water.

Need To Know

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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 need to arrive in Ubatuba the day before the tour starts as you’ll be picked up at 06:00. Regular buses from São Paulo (three and a half hours) and Rio de Janeiro (5 hours).

Your tour finishes at 16:00, so you may be able to take a late afternoon/early evening bus on to your next destination, or plan to stay an additional night in Ubatuba.

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 some dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free) - please let us know at the time of booking.

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.

All SUP equipment is included.

You’ll need to pack:

  • A sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking boots
  • A waterproof jacket and something warm for the night
  • A lightweight towel
  • For the day on the water, a pair of board shorts/swimming costume and a T-shirt or rash vest is recommended

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of 5 people and a maximum of 12, so you’ll be exploring with other like-minded travellers. Lot’s of people book our trips as a solo traveller - it’s a great way to meet people.

The trail is considered a relatively hard level, so a good level of fitness is required. You should have the ability and willingness to walk for around 8 hours with plenty of breaks to rest and recover. No previous experience of SUP is required as you will have a full briefing before setting off on the water.

The only extra costs are:

  • Travel to and from Ubatuba
  • Accommodation in Ubatuba before day one of the tour
  • Any personal spending


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Situated on Brazil’s famous Green Coast, the city of Ubatuba is known for its biodiversity, particularly its birdlife and is home to more than 100 beaches, with the majority of the city sitting in the 780,00 acre Serra Do Mar State Park, one of the largest remaining unbroken stretches of Atlantic rainforest in the country.

Anchieta Island has been a protected nature reserve since 1977 and is home to dolphins, turtles and two endangered species of whale –The Brydes and Southern Right.

Start point?

You can check into your accommodation in Ubatuba anytime on day one, the rest of the day you are free to explore or relax. You’ll be collected from your hotel in Ubatuba in time to start the trail at 06:00.

Finish point?

You’ll return to the Casa Kairós Lázaro in Ubatuba between 16:00 and 17:00.

Getting there and away?

Ubatuba is three hours drive from Sao Paolo and five hours drive from Rio de Janeiro, with regular, safe and comfortable buses running from both.

From the UK, British Airways operate direct flights to both São Paulo Rio de Janeiro, 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.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Ubatuba

Arrive in Ubatuba anytime and check in to your pousada.

The rest of the day you are free to explore the town or relax before your trek tomorrow.

Day 2: Climb Corcovado

Rise early and fuel up for the day, after which your guides will collect you from your hotel in Ubatuba for the drive to the trailhead.

Climb through a coastal forest filled with wildlife, stopping for a rest and a snack at a waterfall spilling clear waters from the cliffs above.

Continue on up the mountain to the garden of the bromeliads, home to vivid orchids and strange rock features.

Tackle the final hike to the 1,168-metre high summit of Corcovado peak with its views of the jagged ‘Green Coast’.

Spend the night at a wild encampment, keeping human impact on the environment to a minimum and watch the sun set over the mountains.

Total distance walked – 8km - 7 hours

Day 3: Trek past Waterfalls to Casa Kairós Lázaro

Wake early for breakfast in time to watch the sunrise.

Follow the trail back downhill, passing through the orchid garden and waterfall on the way to Casa Kairós Lázaro, your home for the night, just metres from Lazaro beach.

Enjoy an eco-dining experience made from local produce, including fish caught by local fishermen.

Settle in for the night to the sound of lapping waves

Total distance walked – 8km - 7 hours

Day 4: Paddleboard to Anchieta Island

Enjoy breakfast before heading to Enseada Beach.

After a briefing and technical instruction from your guide, head out on your paddleboard and follow the rocky coast across turquoise waters filled with marine life including dolphins and turtles.

Pass through the narrow between the mainland to reach the protected nature reserve of Anchieta Island.

After being greeted by local people, you’ll explore the crumbling ruins of an abandoned prison. Then trek through a canopy of trees that are home to marmosets, capybaras and brightly coloured birds to snorkel and swim on deserted beaches.

Return to Casa Kairós Lázaro for the night.

*Total distance paddle-boarded – 6km, 2 hours *

Day 5: Depart Ubatuba

Wake up for a final breakfast, before checking out and making your own arrangements for onward travel.


For most of this trip you will stay at Casa Kairós Lázaro, just a few metres from the sand of Lazaro beach in Ubatuba with plenty of hammocks and communal space to relax in.

On night two you’ll stay at a wild encampment on Corcovado Peak, so expect back to basics accommodation.

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