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                     Rio and cruise on the Costa Verde                      

A trip to discover the splendid region of Paraty and the city of Rio de Janeiro. Go on a private cruise on a sailing boat or catamaran for 4 days in the beautiful Paraty Bay, with its thousand and one islands. Stay in exceptional and charming hotels.



  • Day 1: Rio De Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain - Ipanema
  • Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Botanic Garden - Tijuca Forest - Corcovado - Ipanema
  • Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Santa Teresa - Ipanema
  • Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Angra dos Reis - Ilha Grande - Angra dos Reis
  • Day 5: Ilha Grande - Saco do Céu
  • Day 6: Saco do Céu - Saco Do Mamangua
  • Day 7: Saco Do Mamangua - Paraty
  • Day 8: Paraty
  • Day 9: Paraty - São Paulo
  • Day 10: São Paulo


Day 1: Rio De Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain - Ipanema

Airport pick up (time and flight number to be confirmed) and transfer to the hotel.
Your English-speaking guide will meet you at the hotel at 14:00pm. You will go to the cable car which will take you to the Sugarloaf.

Halfway up the summit, you will stop at the morro da Urca for a panoramic flight of 12 to 13 minutes: laguna Rodrigo Freitas, Beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, praia Vermelha, Redeeming Christ…

Then you will continue the cable car trip to the summit of the Sugarloaf (400 m.a.s.l.), symbol of Rio and marking the entrance of Guanabara Bay.

Return to the hotel at 18:00pm.
Night at the Fasano Rio hotel (breaksfast included). Superior Room.
Included : english speaking guide, reception with english-speaking guide, private transport, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Botanic Garden - Tijuca Forest - Corcovado - Ipanema

Your english speaking guide will meet you at the hotel at 09:00am for a city tour.

You will start the visit with the impressive botanical garden, proudness of the cariocas. Each of the 141 hectares of the park hosts species of the brazilian and world flora. The imperial palm trees, main attraction of the garden, were seeded under the order of the regent prince Dom Joao VI in 1809. centenary trees, orchids, vtorias regia, bromeliads, flamboyants in an atmosphere filled with tropical scents.

Free time to wander to your own pace between the water pools and to enjoy the freshness and peacefulness of the place.

Then transfer to the Tijuca national park in the centre of Rio. This oasis of vegetation of 3,200 hectares is the biggest urban forest in the world and is he best opportunity to hike both "around" and "in" Rio. You will pass through the "vista chinesa" and the "mesa do Imperador" which are great viewing points of the city.

In the afternoon, climb up the Corcovado (700 m el.) a worldly known symbol of Rio. At the summit take the time to appreciate the unique and wonderful panoramic view of the cidade maravilhosa in front of you.

Option: helicopter flight of a few minutes from the Dona Marta mirador, check with us.
Night at the Fasano Rio hotel (breaksfast included). Superior Room.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Santa Teresa - Ipanema

At 9am, your driver will pick you up at the hotel.
Short transfer to Rio's uplands in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will meet there your English speaking guide, Raphael, born and raised in Santa Teresa and a graduate in geology.
He will tell you about the social life and the story of Santa Teresa, which used to be one of the richest neighborhoods of Rio when was still the capital of Brazil. Surrounded by the urban area, the neighborhood lost its appeal and the rich population migrated toward the southern part of Rio and the ocean.
Santa Teresa is now home to a heterogeneous population and is considered as the bohemian neighborhood of modern Rio. The entire visit is by foot, following the narrow and winding streets. You will have the opportunity to see houses from the ninetieth century and get a feeling of the Rio from another era.
You will get to the entrance of the Pereira da Silva favela, a neighborhood that was born from the important expansion Rio went through at the end of the 1970s.
You are welcomed in this small favela by its inhabitants who want to make sure that you see the good sides of their neighborhood, and not only what people commonly think of favelas (traffic and insecurity). Here people live, go to work, go to school, and have a social life, as anywhere else.
It is in this favela that you will find the original Projeto Morrinho, when, in 1997, kids from the neighborhood created a miniature of the favela to play and to reenact scenes from their everyday life in the favela.
Their miniature got bigger and bigger and attracted people from the arts who showed interest in their work. From there, what was initially their playground became known internationally as a work of art. They were then invited to reproduce their miniature in more than 10 different cities around the world for some of the most famous artistic encounters.
You will get to see this miniature favela which spreads out on more than 400 sq meters in the favela and you will be told the story behind the project.
Your tour will end at a local restaurant in the favela (traditional local food) with an amazing view of the Sugarloaf Mountain.

Back at the hotel at 1pm.

Note: the tour lasts between 3 to 4 hours and is best in the morning.

Lunch at the Aprazível restaurant.
Night at the Fasano Rio hotel (breaksfast included). Superior Room.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch (no drinks), room & breakfast

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Angra dos Reis - Ilha Grande

Transfer from the hotel to Angra dos Reis with your local driver. 2 ½-hour drive on a sealed road along the Green Coast, a vegetation corridor between ocean and mountains.
You will be welcomed by the crew in the port of Angra dos Reis, will be offered a welcoming drink (caïpirinha) and lunch on board.
The boat will leave the shore and follow the coast before cruising to sea for a 10-mile (2 ½-hour) crossing to the Bay of Abraão, main village of Ilha Grande.
There you will go on the land for a few hours to discover the peaceful village.
Then the boat will continue its cruise around the Ilha Grande to reach the magnificent cove of Palmas where the anchor will be dropped. The village of Palmas, bordered with a superb beach, is tiny and the area is absolutely quiet. Night on board.
Option: English-speaking guide for the duration of the cruise, check with us.

Included : private transport, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), cruise

Day 5: Ilha Grande - Saco do Céu

In the morning, the volonteers will go for a short trek towards Lopes Mendes, a long and wild white sand beach bordered with coconut trees. The large and well maintained tracktrail leading to this place crosses through the tropical forest and successively along numerous beaches, offering many swimming options.
Back on the boat, the Brazilian captain will retrieve the anchor.
The Bay of Ilha Grande is characterized by its beautiful ocean beds and a varied fauna. It is not unusual there to see dolphins and sea turtles.
An important concentration of wrecks, remains of the pirates’ presence on the coast, offers also magnificent diving spot. Snorkeling amateurs will not be disappointed; many sites are well suitable, especially the lagoa Azul (blue lagoon) and the lagoa Verde (green lagoon). You will sail around the island to reach these two sites.
The anchor will be dropped again, this time in one of the most beautiful place of this paradise: saco do ceù ("Bay of the Blue Sky").
Night on board.

Day 6: Saco do Céu - Saco Do Mamangua

The boat will cruise to the South point of the island. Going from a cove to another, you will reach the village of Aracetiba (1 ½-hour). The few stops in the most beautiful sites will fill your morning with sensations. Option of a short trek on tracks at the heart of the tropical vegetation. After lunch, the boat will take the direction of the mainland. Ocean cruise.
It will be a 20 miles journey (4 hours) to reach the peculiar Bay of Mamangua, dominated by mount Serra da Bocaina. This day will offer one of the nicest surprises of the trip: the ecological reserves of Mamangua and Cairuçu, a vegetal treasure.
You will then enter in the deep cove of Mamangua. The anchor will be thrown nearby, close to a tiny island for the most romantic stop of this trip.
Night on board.

Day 7: Saco Do Mamangua - Paraty

You will sail towards the North, for your last stopover. You will pass the ilha Comprida, stop at Saco da Velha (ideal for snorkeling in the middle of a myriad of fish), and finally enter the Bay of Paraty with its one thousand islands.
You will get back on land in the middle of the afternoon at the village pier, where you can visit the church of Santa Rita, the village´s symbol. Option: extra cruise days around Joatinga Point.

Note: the cruise can be done in the opposite direction.

Night at Pousada Literaria (breaksfast included).
Included : room & breakfast

Day 8: Paraty

At 11:00am, departure with your guide to the mountainous hinterland of Paraty, in the National Park of Serra da Bocaina. This region can join only by a dirt track, which was until the 70s the only land route from Paraty to the world. Now abandoned in favor of the coastal road, this road takes you through the dense green landscape of the Atlantic Forest (the "Mata Atlantica").

Along the way, several stops will be provided to refresh and discover several waterfalls as Pedra Branca, Tarzan, and Toboga et Poco do Inglês. You will continue with a visit to an alembic of cachaça. Tasting cachaças and liqueurs accompany the tour. You finally take the famous Route de l'Or (Estrada Real). Back in the late afternoon in Paraty.

Night at Pousada Literaria (breaksfast included).
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 9: Paraty - São Paulo

Leave from hotel at the time you want (to advise) to go to Sao Paulo in a private vehicle with air conditioning ( 4 to 5 hours trip).

Night at the hotel Unique (breaksfast included). Deluxe room.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 10: São Paulo

Meet your English-speaking guide at 10:00am for a visit of town. Many sites and museums can be visited, among which: Ibirapuera Park, the Japanese district, the cathedral, Páteo do Colegio, the São Bento convent, the Municipal theater, Terraço Italia, the Luz station, the museum of Sacred Art, a painting collection, Avenida Paulista, the Gardens, the governor’s palace, the Casa da Fazenda, the Foundation Oscar Americano, the Morumbi stadium, the museum do Ipiranga and the Institut Butanta.

Return to the hotel around 06:00pm.

Private transport to the airport leaving 3 hours prior to departure. Flight from São Paulo (arrival airport, flight time and number to be confirmed).

Included : english speaking guide, private transport, transfer departure

Hotel Fasano Rio   Ipanema

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Located on Avenida Vieira Souto in the heart of Ipanema beach, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro combines the glamour and sophistication of Rio’s most coveted address with the Fasano commitment to excellence. In his first hotel architecture project, Philippe Starck chose to reflect the heyday of the Bossa Nova era in the 50’s and 60‘s, when Ipanema blossomed into the city’s most charming neighborhood. The unique view comprises the Morro Dois Irmãos, the Arpoador and Corcovado in one sweeping landscape. All 79 rooms and 10 suites have balconies, feature sumptuous hardwood floors, along with Starck’s Dali-esque ear-shaped mirrors (aptly named “ears that see”), and elegant Sergio Rodrigues chairs.

Restaurant Aprazível   Santa Teresa

Level : Fine dining
Included : lunch (no drinks)

Located in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, with view on the Guanabara bay and downtown Rio, this restaurant is well-known by tourists and also locals. Its environment is worth the visit. The decoration is rustic, with wood tables and artisanal objects. It is a gastronomic restaurant, where the culture of Brazilian cuisine is put forward. The restaurant also offers a hundred different types of cachaças.

Pousada Literaria   Paraty

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Situated in the historic center of Paraty, surrounded by rich cultural and natural exuberance, Pousada Literária occupies a fully restored colonial houses. High quality service, facilities with comfort and absolute pleasure - here every guest is always our main character.

Hotel Unique   São Paulo

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Unique, A thought-provoking experience to the senses in one of the São Paulo's postcards, elected by Condé Nast Traveler as "The Best Hotel in South America" in 2015. Visually stunning architecture crafted by Ruy Ohtake. Hotel Unique is a living, breathing part of the city of São Paulo, a place where architecture, art, design, fashion, gastronomy, music and exquisite service are at the heart of a groundbreaking hotel culture. A piece of urban art with 94 accommodations, where technology, luxury and design are combined to provide an extremely comfortable and unforgettable stay in the city of Sao Paulo.

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