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Brazilian Odyssey

Tour details
Destinations: Ilha Grande, Paraty
Guide language: English
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  • Overview
  • Date & prices
  • Itinerary
  • Kit list


This amazing adventure trekking through the forests of the Ilha Grande of Brazil, then paddling the crystal clear waters of Paraty is an experience that will not be forgotten in a hurry. The scenery is breathtaking, the oceans mesmerising and you cannot fail to be fascinated by the history of this remarkable part of Brazil. Starting our journey in the fabulous city of Rio we transfer by boat to Ilha Grande where we begin our trek along the northern coast of Ilha Grande through the verdant rainforest stopping to marvel at the crystal clear waters of the sea where at night the sea is sometimes so calm we can see the reflection of the stars, and where, during the day green coral and tropical fish provide a welcome distraction from the rigours of the trek. After three days in Ilha Grande we transfer to Paraty and begin our kayak odyssey around the Costa Verde, visiting a tropical fjord and climbing the Mamagua Sugarloaf Mountain which provides panoramic views of the whole region, we finally paddle back to Paraty, immensely satisfied with our efforts before a final tour of the amazing town of Paraty and it’s fascinating history. Finally, back in Rio, we have time to visit the world famous statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Date & prices

Departure & Return Duration Price (incl. flight) Price (excl. flight)
20 October 201630 October 2016 11 days £3,295 £TBC

• Local guides and a western 360 guide
• All internal road and boat transfers
• Park fees
• Baggage transfer
• Kayak equipment
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in Rio, guest house
accommodation in simple guest houses in Ilha
Grande, camping in Paraty
• All camping and group equipment
• All meals except lunch in Rio if you don’t join the tours
• Professionally edited video of the trip
• Visas if applicable
• Travel insurance
• Personal equipment and excess baggage
• Staff and guide gratuities
• Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry,
room service, etc.
• Personal drinks and snacks


Depart London Heathrow
Arrive Rio De Janeiro, transfer to hotel
Arrive in Rio and transfer to the hotel. Have free time to relax and prepare for the start of the trekking in the following morning. Welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Rio De Janeiro - Ilha Grande
After breakfast, we are transferred early to the Conceição do Jacareí pier and travel by boat to Abraão Village (30min). There we meet our local guide and get booted up. We trek from Abraão village to Saco do Céu passing by Feiticeira falls and beach. Saco do Ceu (meaning Sky Bay) is a small bay with still waters that is named because at night you can see the reflection of the stars on the oceans´ surface. Our lunch stop will be at a small fishing village and a natural saltwater marsh that harbours many species of marine life. After lunch we walk to the Freguesia de Santana church, (built in 1796). This location was the first place in Ilha Grande to be populated and essential for the economical development of the island. Today, it is an important historical location. From there we visit the Lagoa Azul point (Blue Lagoon), where we find colorful coral and fish. Dinner and overnight at Enseada do Bananal.
Beach to Araçatiba Village
After breakfast we walk form Bananal to Longa beach. Continuing by boat we visit the shallow, transparent and calm waters of Lagoa Verde (Green Lagoon) for lunch. It is one of the only locations in Brazil that has green coral at the bottom of the ocean, with many fish and starfish. Lagoa Verde is a perfect place for swimming and snorkeling. Have dinner and overnight at Araçatiba village.
Trekking to Gruta do Acaiá, boat to Paraty
It’s about a three hour trek to the Gruta do Acaiá (an ocean cave) located in the south of the Ilha Grande State Park, between the bay and the open sea. We walk through a dramatic tunnel towards the bottom of the sea cave, located 5 meters below sea level. Inside, we witness a spectacle of color and lighting, the sunlight reaches the dark cave filtered through the ocean waters, creating a beautiful lake of blue light. We have lunch there before walking to Praia Vermelha, where we board a boat that will take us all the way to Paraty (Approx 4h). On arrival at Paraty we have short trek to the pousada (Guesthouse) for dinner and overnight.
Kayaking the Bay of Paraty and the Costa Verde
We start with a briefing on the kayak section, and then paddle the beaches and islands of the protected bay. We also call in at the privately owned Mantimento Island where, with a bit of good fortune, we get to see the endangered Golden Lion Tamarins. This is some of the finest scenery the Green Coast (Costa Verde) has to offer with plenty of opportunity for swimming and admiring the spectacular views. We finish up in Brazil’s only Tropical Fjord, the Saco do Mamangua, which is only accessible by trail or sea. Overnight accommodation in Mamanguá campsite.
Marine Life Sanctuary
The Mamanguá Sugarloaf Mountain (440m peak) provides a stunning backdrop to our beach campsite. We climb the peak in the morning for incredible views of the whole region. The tropical fjord, with its protected waters and mangrove, is a natural sanctuary for marine life with over 100 species of fish. After lunch on the beach we paddle to the mangrove at the back of the bay and see at firsthand how the three ecosystems in the fjord support marine life. Overnight accommodation in Mamanguá campsite.
Mamanguá Bay to Paraty
Our Green Coast Sea Kayaking adventure passes through Little Paraty, or Paraty Mirim, as it is known in the local Tupi Indian language. This was the disembarkation point for slaves being transported from the west coast of Africa in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Then we finish our kayaking expedition, back in Paraty.
Paraty - Rio De Janeiro
Have breakfast and depart for a cultural walking tour. Beautiful colonial architecture, street design ahead of its time, exiled Portuguese royalty and the dark past of the slave trade – these are just some of the ingredients that make up Paraty’s rich and colourful history from the past to the present day. After that, we move on to Rio de Janeiro with a fun dinner to celebrate our achievements.
Rio De Janeiro
After breakfast we visit Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain by Tijuca Forest before being taken to the airport for the flight home.
Fly home
Arrive London Heathrow

Kit list

1 * 3 Season Sleeping Bag
1 * Daysack
1 * Dry Sacks
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Sleeping Bag Liner
1 * Waterproof Rucksack Cover
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
1 * Base Layers
1 * Hard Shell
1 * Mid Layer
1 * Shorts
1 * Trekking Trousers
1 * Underwear
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * 3- 4 Season Walking Boots
1 * Spare Laces
1 * Trainers
1 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Insect Repellent
1 * Nappy Bags
1 * Toilet Paper
1 * Travel Towel
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Water Bottles
1 * Water Purification
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Personal Medication
1 * Camera
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Mask & Snorkel
1 * Padlocks
1 * Penknife
1 * Sunblock
1 * Swim Suit
1 * Trekking Poles
1 * Copy Of Passport
1 * Passport
1 * Travel Insurance

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of 360 Expeditions
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