Trek, Kayak, Abseil and SUP on Brazil’s 'Green Coast'

Explore protected rainforest, visit uninhabited islands and trek to hidden waterfalls in Ubatuba. 4 days.

3 Nights

Travel to a slice of unspoilt jungle surrounded by tropical islands. Rappel down waterfalls, paddleboard down remote rivers and along unspoilt coast, swim and snorkel in waters filled with marine life and sleep in an environmentally friendly ecolodge.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation in central Ubatuba
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Bananal Ecolodge
  • Experienced, English speaking guides
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and trail snacks
  • All activity equipment and training

Perfect for: Travellers looking to experience a range of different activities in one of Brazil’s most unspoilt environments.

Need To Know

The only extra costs are:

  • Travel to and from Ubatuba
  • Any additional accommodation before day one of the tour
  • Optional evening excursion to Paraty
  • Optional extra night at the ecolodge
  • Any personal spending

There’s no need to have any previous experience of abseiling, SUP or kayaking. You should have a good general level of fitness, although there will be plenty of breaks to rest.

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.

You’ll need to pack:

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

All abseiling, SUP and kayaking equipment is included.

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.

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.

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. Regular buses from from São Paulo (three and a half hours) and Rio de Janeiro (5 hours) to Ubatuba.

A hotel in Ubatuba on day one is included, but no other activities this day. You’ll be collected from your hotel in in time to start the trail to Praia do Puruba at 08:00 on day two.

You’ll return to Ubatuba at around 18:30 on day four of the trip, or you can choose to add on an extra night at the ecolodge (additional cost).

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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.

Start point?

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

Finish point?

Your trip ends upon check out from your accommodation in Ubatuba on day six.

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 is 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

Make your own way to the town of Ubatuba, an easy bus ride from São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.

Check into your centrally located pousada, or guesthouse. Explore the town and eat dinner in one of the many locally run restaurants (dinner not included).

Day 2: Kayak or SUP on the Quiririm River

Get collected by your guide after breakfast and then head to the quiet, sandy beach at the mouth of the Quiririm River.

After a briefing about the day to come, climb onto your paddleboard or into your kayak (your choice) and travel upstream for six kilometres through a protected reserve of coastal jungle and Atlantic rainforest.

Follow the course of the river as it winds through the forest and experience the unique plant life that lives there, including orchids, spoonbills and kingfishers.

Stop at an isolated river beach for a rest and a snack, before returning downstream.

Grab your pack and trek alongside a member of the local caiçara community, experts in surviving this unique environment. Learn about the history of revolution and struggle between settlers and the indigenous people.

Emerge from thick forest onto Praia da Justa, a secluded slice of unspoilt sand with the picture-perfect island of Pomba set in the calm, clear waters beyond.

Relax on the beach, snorkel along the coast, or swim out to the island through waters that are home to turtles and porpoises.

Head into the wilderness once again and to the Bananal Ecolodge, your home for the night, complete with pool and meditation room.

Total time walking/SUP or kayaking – 2-3 hours paddling – 1 hour 30 minutes hiking

Day 3: Trek the Jungle and Rappel Trombador Waterfall

Enjoy breakfast in the jungle and then trek through forest, manioc and banana plantations, passing the unique mud-walled houses of the caiçara people.

Step out of the trees to discover the Trombador Waterfall, pouring fifteen metres into the pool below, perfect for a refreshing dip.

After a briefing from your guide, rappel down the waterfall itself, descending through the mist and spray.

Return to the Bananal Ecolodge and experience a dinner of local food and jungle crops prepared by a chef specialising in unusual ingredients, followed by a bonfire.

Optional: After dinner, take a drive to the lovely town of Paraty, where the sea rolls in at high tide to flood the cobbled roads and enjoy its bars, cafes and handicraft shops.

Total distance walked – 8 kms/3 hours

Day 4: Kayak or SUP to Uninhabited Islands

After an early breakfast, return to the coast at Almada Beach, home to a fleet of fishing canoes and kayak or paddleboard out to Porcos Island, part of the protected Ilha Anchieta State Park.

Enjoy the beautiful beach and then continue on to Rachada Island, broken in two by the elements, exposing a unique beach at low tide in the narrow crevice between.

Paddle to the snorkelling haven of Pesca Island, home to, dolphins, turtles and several different species of ray, then follow the coast back to Almada Beach for a fish and seafood lunch Caiçara style.

Take a short hike to the deserted beach at Brava da Almada for a last chance to catch some sun, before returning Casa Kairós Lázaro in Ubatuba for dinner.

Day 5: Hike the Seven Beaches Trail

Enjoy a final breakfast at Casa Kairós Lázaro, then set off to the start of today’s hike, Lagoinha Beach.

One of the best treks in the area, the Sete Praias trail, or Seven Beaches, leads you to secluded beaches, only accessible on foot or by boat.

Stop at the beautiful Grande do Bonete, where green jungle runs down to white sands and visit a local Caiçara community.

Continue on through the rainforest, crossing clear streams and spotting wildlife. Stop for a break and a snack at Cedro Beach, relax in the sun or take a swim to cool down.

You’ll be met at the end of the trail and driven back to Casa Kairós Lázaro. Enjoy a final meal prepared by a local chef and relax after the day’s hiking.

Total distance walked - 14km

Day 6: Depart Ubatuba

After a final breakfast at Casa Kairós Lázaro, check out and make your own arrangements for onward travel.


In Ubatuba you’ll stay at at Casa Kairós Lázaro, just a few metres from the sand of Lazaro beach with plenty of hammocks and communal space to relax in.

The Banal Ecolodge has been designed to respect both the surrounding forest and local communities. Accommodation is in shared rooms (maximum of three people per room.) There is also a yoga room, plenty of hammocks, a swimming pool and a steam room available.

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