Paraty, Ilha Grande, and Rio de Janeiro


Emerald green mountains dropping into a translucent sea, colorful towns with colonial architecture, white-sand beaches, dolphin-filled bays, and even a tropical fjord—the dazzling stretch of Brazil’s Atlantic coast from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is one of the most spectacular spots in this gorgeous country. This Private Journey is an active discovery of Brazil’s vibrant cultural and natural wonders. You’ll paddle kayaks along secluded beaches, hike to hidden waterfalls, explore the stunning colonial city of Paraty, and succumb to the enticing charms of Rio!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Paraty / Stand-up Paddle Boarding / Sea Kayaking / Saco do Mamanguá

From São Paulo, a private transfer brings you to Paraty, a beautiful colonial city with wonderfully preserved architecture. The tranquil waters of Paraty’s bay create the perfect place to explore by stand-up paddle board and sea kayak, and you’ll be able to access remote coves you can’t reach by vehicle. You’ll also boat to Saco do Mamanguá, the only tropical fjord on the Brazilian coast, for a hike to the peak of Mamanguá Sugarloaf with its stunning panoramas of the fjord.

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Days 4-6
Ilha Grande / Lopes Mendes

At Ilha Grande, a tropical island oasis with a unique history, you’ll enjoy a historical tour of Ilha Grande State Park, where you’ll feel immersed in the period of Indians, buccaneers, and the times of coffee and sugar cane farms. You’ll also discover its beautiful white-sand beaches, including Lopes Mendes, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in all Brazil, and take your choice of optional activities including a hike to a waterfall or to Pico do Papagaio, or a boat tour of the lagoons (all at additional cost).

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Days 7-10
Río de Janeiro / Sugarloaf Mountain / Christ the Redeemer

Río de Janeiro is known as the “marvelous city,” celebrated for its vibrant culture, samba and Bossa Nova music, landmark beaches, and absolutely stunning setting on Guanabara Bay. Explorations include a visit to Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain—1,299’) and the iconic Christ the Redeemer, perched on top of Corcovado and towering more than a hundred feet high. Depart on Day 10.

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Explore beaches, coves, and mangroves by stand-up paddle board in Paraty’s pristine bay
Ilha Grande, with its pristine coastlines and crystal-clear waters
Active options include sea kayaking, boat excursions, and hiking
Experience the rhythm and soul of Rio de Janeiro, exploring neighborhoods and beaches
Visit iconic Christ the Redeemer, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World


Length: 10 days
Cost From: $4095  
Arrive: São Paulo
Depart: Rio de Janeiro
Lodging: 9 nights pousadas, guesthouses, and hotels
Meals: All breakfasts included, plus 2 lunches (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Wildlife & Natural History, Sea Kayaking, Walking
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations, walking tours, day hikes, sea kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding