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Paraty Escape

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A bird's eye view of beautiful Paraty
  • Wind through narrow streets to visit colonial churches and homes
  • Explore the trails and coastline of Paraty
  • Kayak Brazil's only fjord, Saco De Mamangua
Trip Type:
  • Independent
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro | Transfer to Paraty

Depart from your hotel in Rio de Janeiro or from Rio's airport and transfer by mini-bus (4 hours) through picturesque Costa Verde to the charming colonial town of Paraty. Your transfer takes you to your hotel, home for the next three nights, where your guide meets you. Embark on a two-hour afternoon walking tour through historic downtown Paraty. Throughout the tour, wind through narrow streets as you visit culturally and architecturally significant colonial churches and homes. Paraty was founded in the 17th century as an important port and strategic gateway to the gold mines of interior Brazil. This small town developed a rich legacy (literally) as the final stopping point for the renowned treasures of Minas Gerais before they were shipped back to the Iberian Peninsula. Have dinner on your own and spend the evening getting acquainted with the city, known for its historic, well-preserved center and romantic atmosphere.

Day 2-3: Paraty Free Days

  • 2 Breakfasts
The next two days are free to visit Paraty, relax, or get out and explore the coast and trails. Additional excursions can be arranged in advance or locally through your guide or at the hotel. Paraty has so many options, and we can customize your experience:
  • Whitewater Rafting: Raft the Mambucaba River (Class II-III) that crosses the lush and mountainous Serra da Bocaina National Park.
  • Sea Kayak or Canoe: Paddle on either Paraty Bay or Brazil's only fjord, Saco de Mamangua.
  • Boat tour of Bay of Paraty: Spend the day on calm, emerald waters and visit Brazil's only fjord.
  • Serra da Bocaina National Park: Explore the historic Gold Trail in the protected Serra da Bocaina National Park area and become acquainted with Brazil's native Atlantic forest ecosystem. Hike to the park's waterfalls (bring a bathing suit for a swim) and visit a cachaca (a Brazilian spirit) distillery.
  • Quilombola community project: The Quilombola people descended from escaped Afro-Brazilian slaves and have had a complex history in Brazil. Spend a rewarding afternoon assisting with work being done in their community.
  • Visit nearby beaches: Relax seaside and enjoy pristine, secluded white sand beaches.

Day 4: Depart Paraty

  • 1 Breakfast
Have breakfast at your hotel before bidding farewell to Paraty and transferring by mini-bus back to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo for the next leg of your journey.

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Take a boat ride through crystalline lagoons A bird's eye view of beautiful Paraty Sunset across the Bay of Paraty Historic Paraty, nestled between the mountains and the sea Stroll through Paraty's charming, iconic streets Illuminated colonial Paraty Paraty's well-preserved colonial architecture


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Rate based on starting and ending in Rio de Janeiro. Contact us if coming from Sao Paolo.

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  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Park Entrance Fees in Brazil 
  • Arrival Transfer - Transfer from Rio de Janeiro (additional charge if coming from Sao Paulo)
  • Departure Transfer - Transfer back to Rio de Janeiro (additional charge if going to Sao Paulo)
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time


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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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