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Paraty Peninsulas Trek

8 Days/7 Nights

This 6-Day Trek takes you around the remote peninsulas near the historic Costa Verde town of Paraty. Crossing from one beautiful beach to the next, staying in simple fishing villages only reachable by trail or boat, you also trek through Atlantic Rainforest, visit waterfalls, mountain peaks with sensational views, and finally the beautiful Saco do Mamangua inlet.

Hiking Tours of Brazil

Our Hiking Tours of Brazil are all basic ideas that can be tailor-made to match your requirements. Any tour can include one or more destinations, and can be purely dedicated to hiking, although some mountains may include a little climbing that is still suitable for those without much experience. We can also arrange serious climbing trips. We can also mix them with other activities such as climbing, kayaking or tandem hang-gliding flights, some regular tourism, and some nightlife. We include all that you need during your trip, the accommodation with breakfast; all airport transfers and other road journeys; any activities and excursions with English-speaking guides and relevant entrance fees; plus some popular extras. For our Hiking Tours of Brazil, you only need to bring your favourite hiking boots and regular outdoor clothing and equipment. Any parts where a little climbing is necessary will include ropes, helmets and safety harnesses. All hikes and climbs are undertaken with an experienced, qualified local guide, with activity insurance included. All other equipment such as kayaks, mountain or road bikes, and of course your hang-gliding wings will be provided!

This 6-Day Paraty Peninsulas Trek takes you around the remote peninsulas near the historic Costa Verde town of Paraty. Crossing from one beautiful beach to the next, staying in simple fishing villages only reachable by trail or boat, you also trek through Atlantic Rainforest, visit waterfalls, mountain peaks with sensational views, and finally the beautiful Saco do Mamangua inlet. 

Combines With: Rio de Janeiro; Ilha Grande; Sao Paulo; Petropolis to Teresopolis Trek.

Best Time to Visit: This tour can be taken all year round with December to February being the hottest, most humid and busiest months, but also with more rainfall. April to July or August are the months that give the best chance of good weather, warm but not hot or humid, and with clear blue skies.


  • Destinations: Paraty - Costa Verde
  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Activities: Hiking & Trekking - Climbing - Ecotourism

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Arrive in Paraty!
Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo to Paraty
Leaving from your accommodation or one of the airports in either Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, you transfer around 4 hours along the Costa Verde to Paraty, the historic jewel of the most spectacular coastline in Brazil. You have the rest of the day free to enjoy a wander around the cobbled streets of the old town, with its baroque churches, colourful mansion houses, and lively squares. If you prefer a little exercise, we could also include either an hour or two of exploring the bay by stand-up paddle boards, or a longer trip by ocean kayak, visiting islands, hidden beaches and passing through the mangrove channels. Evening is free to enjoy the best caipirinhas in Brazil!
Day 2 : Paraty Peninsulas Trek
Paraty to Ponta Negra
Your Paraty Peninsulas Trek begins with the short road journey up and over the Laranjeiras Peninsula to the trailhead. It begins with an easy trail over the headland from the village of Laranjeiras, through Atlantic Rainforest on an open trail to Praia do Sono. This is the first stretch of Costa Verde paradise that you traverse, followed by Antigos and Antiguinhos. Every beach has the chance to swim in crystal clear waters and explore amongst the rocks on any of the beaches. Lunch and dinner are simple meals in one of the restaurants of the local fishing communities, including the final stop at Ponta Negra. Easy/Moderate Day with 3hrs of hiking.
Day 3 : Saco Bravo Waterfall Hike
Ponta Negra
The village of Ponta Negra is the base for your day. After waking up early to the sounds of the sea and the village, you have all the time you need for a swim and a walk before breakfast. The day begins with the hike up through the jungle trails to Saco Bravo, a waterfall that descends down the rocks to form its own natural infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The pool provides the perfect cooling off place after a hike of 3 hours or so. You return by the same path to Ponta Negra, where a swim in the cove should refresh you after a hot day's hiking. Dinner is again in the village. Moderate Day with 4-5 hrs of hiking.
Day 4 : The Highest Peak Around
Ponta Negra
Pedra da Jamanta is the highest peak in the peninsulas, at 1,098m. It takes a tough full day to get up there and back down the same way, and is possible only with a local guide and only for people with a very good level of physical fitness, trail experience and trail resistance. If not then the trek can be cut by a night. Otherwise, the 8km trail takes you first back to Praia do Sono to meet your local guide, and then steeply up the valley behind the village, on a little-used trail that is always difficult and never so clear. Winding up through the rainforest, you eventually come out onto the rocky peak, with views along the coast towards Trindade and way beyond.
Day 5 : The Wild Side of the Costa Verde
Ponta Negra to Pouso da Cajaiba
After leaving Ponta Negra, the day is spent hiking the wild side of the Juatinga Peninsula. The Atlantic Rainforest drops directly into the sea for much of this journey as the path hugs the coastline looking out onto the open ocean until Praia Martim de Sa. This is perhaps the most remote point of the trek, a tiny stretch of sand that many people feel is the best beach of the Costa Verde and perhaps anywhere! The hike continues over the headland to Pouso da Cajaiba, a tiny fishing village where you can relax looking out over the Bay of Angra dos Reis. Moderate/Challenging Day with 6-7 hrs of hiking.
Day 6 : Juatinga Nature Reserve
Pouso da Cajaiba to Saco do Mamangua
In the morning you wake up with the sun rising out of the sea in front of you, and the chance for a dawn dip in the waters. The day's hiking begins before the sun gets too high, with the trail hugging the Juatinga Peninsula coastline through the final part of the nature reserve. There are freshwater pools along the route to cool off before the trail heads up and over to the Saco do Mamanguá, known as the only tropical fjord in Brazil. This unspoiled paradise has mountains covered with Atlantic Rainforest towering up on each side as you cross the fjord to your accommodation. Moderate/Challenging Day with 5-6 hrs of hiking.
Day 7 : The only Tropical Fjord in Brazil
Saco do Mamangua to Paraty
The morning view from your accommodation includes the imposing shape of Sugar Loaf Mountain (no, not that one!), at 1,600ft/500m. Morning brings a hike up to the top for views that encompass a wide range of the Juatinga and Laranjeiras Peninsulas, with the highest Costa Verde peaks and many of its islands also visible. If you can pull yourselves away from one of our favourite views in Brazil, after the descent comes lunch on the beach and the boat across the inlet before the final hour of hiking over to Paraty Mirim, the village port where slave ships arrived. Paraty is a short drive from here. Challenging Day with 3-4 hours of hiking.
Day 8 : Last Look at the Costa Verde
Paraty to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo
With your flight home from Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo likely to be overnight, you have the morning to relax and recover from your Costa Verde exertions. Time maybe for a wander around Paraty to buy some souvenirs or art work. This Paraty Peninsula Trek can also be extended to include a peak or two in the difficult central part of the peninsula, with Jamanta and Cairuçu both being over 1,000m up and back down. You can also spend more time to enjoy some coastal kayaking, either close to Paraty or around Saco do Mamangua. It also combines well with active stays in Rio de Janeiro and the nearby paradise island of Ilha Grande.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 1,575 US$ 1,650 US$ 2,125 US$ 2,350
Domestic Flights ** N/A


Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Paraty
Costa Verde

 

* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

April - May - June - July - September - October

Boat Tour of the Bay - Paraty
Duration: 6 Hours
Your day begins with the short walk to Paraty's picturesque harbour, with brightly painted boats all waiting to head out into the bay. You leave the pier to visit some of the tropical islands, secluded beaches and crystal clear coves with stops for snorkelling, swimming and strolling along the sands. Lunch is usually served on board or perhaps on one of the islands. The pleasant cruise back arrives late afternoon as the sun dips behind the mountains, bathing Paraty in rays. Your trip can be done on the large schooners with other people or on smaller private boats.
Old Gold Trail Tour - Paraty
Duration: 8 Hours
A day in the Costa Verde hills takes you first to the Caminho do Ouro, the 500km road that connected the gold-rush areas of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes in Minas Gerais with the port of Paraty which was used to ship gold and minerals to Europe. The journey took 30 days, climbing the steep hills behind the town and through the mountain ranges of the Bocaina and Itatiaia National Parks. Parts of the road built by slaves in the 18th Century are still visible, alongside tumbling waterfalls in the Atlantic Rainforest. Trails to the falls, with a natural slide for the locals to impress visitors, make part of your day, along with a visit to an alambique, the sugar-cane cachaça distilleries of Brazil.
Saco da Mamangua Sailing - Paraty
Duration: 1-3 Days
Cruising out of Paraty takes you first to visit Ilha dos Mantimentos, which used to store the town's food supplies on the island. Now the island is home to a population of the rare golden lion tamarin, a beautifully coloured golden monkey. Praia Vermelha has red-coloured sands and clear waters of the mainland headlands, while sea-turtles can often be found feeding in the neighbouring bay off Jurumirim beach. Saco da Mamangua is the 8km inlet with towering mountains on either side. You can swim in the water, kayak in the mangroves and hike to the peaks.
Paraty Walking Tour - Paraty
Duration: 3 Hours
A walking tour of historic Paraty helps you to learn a little more about the town, its history, and its place in the story of Brazil. The town was settled by the Portuguese as one of their ports (along with one called Rio de Janeiro) to ship the riches of the Minas Gerais gold-rush to Europe. It is built as a harbour and even to receive the highest tides, and your guide can help you uncover the secrets. Baroque churches, colonial mansions and colourful town-houses line the streets and squares, with the fort on the small hill overlooking the red roofs.
Praias do Sono & Antigos Hike - Paraty
Duration: Full Day
This hike takes you up and over the hills of the remote Laranjeiras Peninsula to the start of the trail to Praia do Sono. A reasonably straightforward path over the headland through Atlantic Rainforest has you dropping down to the beautiful Praia do Sono. The beach and the fishing village there can only be reached by trail or boat. A stop for swimming in the crystal waters comes before you cross the next headland to the tropical paradise beaches of Antigos and Antiguinhos. After returning to Sono for a simple seafood lunch, you can either hike back or catch a ride with a local fisherman back to Laranjeiras and your transport back to Paraty for the evening.
Paraty Bay Kayak Trip - Paraty
Duration: 3 Hours
A wonderful few hours can be spent paddling around Paraty Bay by kayak. Leaving from the Jabaquara Beach on the opposite side of the fort hill, you head out around various islands, populated mostly by birds but also a holiday home or two. A stop at an island beach and then a secluded mainland one give the chance to cool off in the water. The paddle then continues into a closed bay, where a shallow channel through the mangroves leads through to the other side, with crabs, heron and egrets for company. Longer kayak trips and overnight paddles are also possible.
Trindade Tour - Paraty
Duration: All Day
The journey to Trindade takes you out of Paraty and over the hills of the Laranjeiras Pensinula, with steep roads to negotiate. Trindade is hidden by the hills of the Serra da Bocaina, which form part of a national park, and the coastline here is very spectacular, with huge rocks on the beaches, streams tumbling down, and verdant Atlantic Rainforest. The beaches range from the surf of Cepilho to the calm bays of Caxadaço, with a visit to the natural pools there possible by trail along the sand or by boat. Lunch is overlooking the main beach in Trindade, returning in the afternoon.
Horse-Riding & Mountain Biking - Paraty
Duration: Various Options
Horse-Riding and Mountain Biking trips can be arrange around Paraty, with rides in the shadows of the peaks that range behind the town. The horse-riding is down at Barra Grande, some 25km away, a ride along Atlantic Rainforest trails, and the chance to have a gallop in the meadows at the finish. Longer horse-rides are also possible, including a multi-day trip up through the mountains to Cunha. Mountain biking can be done with a guide or alone, with many routes to the various waterfalls, viewpoints and beaches of the area.
Stand-Up Paddle Trips - Paraty
Duration: Various Options
Paraty is the perfect place for stand-up paddle, and in fact the local fishermen have been doing it for centuries! The shallow waters of the bay off Jabaquara Beach are perfect to learn, while you can also paddle around Paraty, up the canal, and even up the streets of town during the highest tides of the year! Options for longer day trips heading out by boat to paddle around islands with beaches and monkeys, or bays with sea turtles are also available. Still more options include overnight trips, exploring the beautiful Saco da Mamangua, or SUP-surfing.
Saco da Mamangua Hike - Costa Verde
Duration: Full Day
This full day out to hike to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain (not that one!) is one of the finest in the whole of Brazil. The day begins with short drive to Paraty Mirim, the small village port that used to unload slaving ships. From there you hike over the first Costa Verde hill and into Saco da Mamangua, an 8km inlet with green mountains towering along the sides. After a beautiful crossing by boat, the trail begins from the beach, taking two hours to reach the open rock at the peak. The view of Mamangua and up and down the whole Costa Verde is one of the finest in Brazil! Lunch is on the beach below before returning to Paraty.