Overview & Highlights
A relaxing journey to Rio and its verdant coastline. Travel past the rain-forested hills of the emerald coast to the bay-side colonial port of Paraty. Take a schooner trip then stay on laid back tropical island Ilha Grande.
- Jeep tour to Rio de Janiero's Corcovado mountain
- Schooner trip around the bay and islands of Paraty
- Time to unwind on car-free, tropical Ilha Grande
The area around Rio de Janeiro, itself one of the most glamorous and colourful cities in the world, hosts some of the most exotic beaches, fringed by jungle vegetation, and some of the prettiest historic towns and villages, situated on tranquil bays peppered with tiny islands. This short holiday, with time spent on sun-drenched beaches but also beyond, begins in Rio on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, before heading down the coast to the historic colonial port of Paraty where you hop on a traditional schooner for a trip round the bay with a cocktail in your hand and a bit of swimming. Take a ferry to Ilha Grande, a vehicle-free, forest-cloaked island, once a backpacker’s secret but now studded with pretty barefoot pousadas (guest houses).
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Jeep tour up Corcovado Mountain and to the arty Santa Teresa district.
Drive along the Emerald Coast to Paraty.
Half day schooner cruise to nearby islands and beaches.
Travel by road and boat to the tropical island Ilha Grande. At leisure on the beach, mountain trails or swimming calm waters.
Return by ferry and road to Rio de Janeiro.
Transfer to airport for international flight home.
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