Costa Verde Explorer

5 days

from £539

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Ilha Grande – one of Brazil’s most scenic islands
  • Swim, snorkel and sunbathe on Lopes Mendes!
  • Discover the colonial charm of Paraty
  • Enjoy a schooner boat tour, visiting islands and beaches
  • Enjoy the fun, freedom and flexibility of independent travel

Trip Summary

Head off on this 5 day independent trip to Brazil’s most beautiful islands and beaches! Your adventure begins in the cool city of Rio, and from there you’ll be whisked away to Ilha Grande, a gem of an island featuring idyllic beaches and pristine bays. You’ll also be visiting the quaint colonial town of Paraty, where you’ll marvel at the stunning architecture! Get up close and personal with Ilha Comprida’s exotic marine life, sunbathe on the white sands of Lopes Mendes and enjoy a magical schooner boat tour – you’re in for an epic experience!

This is an independent trip, meaning that while we’ve got your accommodation and transfers sorted (as well as a range of unmissable excursions!) you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to enjoy island life at your own pace. Bliss!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

Day 1: Rio to Ilha Grande

We recommend you arrive one day before. We can help you arrange your pre-tour accommodation.

Today our van will pick you up from a designated pick up point between 10:30am and 11:30am, ready to take you to Ilha Grande! We’ll stop off at Conceicao de Jacarei where we’ll board the boat to Ilha Grande. We should arrive at around 3pm, so prepare to be awed by the expansive golden beaches and crystalline waters! You’ll be dropped off at the pier, which is just a 5 minute walk away from the town of Abraao!

Day 2: Lopes Mendes and Boating

Today the boat tour will begin at the Abraao Pier, sailing to Pouso Pier where you’ll disembark for an easy walk through the Atlantic forest to Lopes Mendes beach! This is a fantastic way to see Ilha Grande in all its natural splendour, from the lush tropical terrain to the ivory sands of Lopes Mendes. You’ll have 3 hours to swim, snorkel, or simply kick back and top up that tan! You’ll then head back to Pouso pier and to make the journey back to Abraao.

Day 3: Ilha Grande to Paraty

You’ll be leaving from the pier at around 1pm today, arriving at your Paraty accommodation by late afternoon. You’ll love exploring this new destination, Paraty is a quaint, colonial coastal town featuring pretty architecture and stunning mountain views. You’ll be getting to grips with Paraty’s distinctive atmosphere today, exploring the historic centre and joining the locals on the winding cobbled streets. Perhaps head into a local restaurant for an authentic dinner and watch the sun go down on another amazing day in Brazil!

Day 4: Boating and Beaches!

Today you’ll be picked up at 10am and taken to your majestic schooner boat! During your tour you’ll be stopping at two islands and two beaches, and you can opt for a tasty lunch on board! You’ll be spending some time on the beaches and islands, so take the opportunity to don some snorkelling gear and take to the seas, or explore the beautiful bays. We’ll also be stopping off at Ilha Comprida where you’ll be able to see a range of unique marine life!

Day 5: Transfer to Rio

Your trip ends today. You’ll be collected from your Paraty accommodation between 11:30am and 12:00am and transferred back to Rio at around 5:30pm when you’ll be dropped off at a designated drop-off point. It’s then up to you to head home or continue your travels! We’re sure you loved Brazil and we hope to see you for your next epic adventure!

Please note that you will be unable to find any banks or cash machines in Ilha Grande. Before you depart please ensure that you are carrying enough cash, as it will not be possible to stop the driver en route.

Accommodation & Meals

Your accommodation throughout your itinerary is included in the price of this trip. You’ll be staying in comfortable, centrally located hostels.

Breakfasts are included at your accommodation, and for your other meals you’ll get to head out and sample Brazil’s tasty cuisine! We’ve listed some of our favourites below.

  • Barreado - meats and spices cooked in a clay pot for 24 hours and served with banana and farofa
  • Carangueijada - cooked crab, whole
  • Caruru - food brought from Africa to Brazil, made with ladies fingers (okra), onions, shrimp, peppers and oil
  • Cozido - stew with potatoes, carrots and vegetables
  • Doorado - freshwater fish
  • Feijoada - national dish of meat stew with rice and a bowl of beans
  • Xinxim de Galinha - chicken flavoured with garlic, salt and lemon

Internet        

While we cannot guarantee internet access at your accommodation, there will be internet cafes available in larger cities offering affordable internet service.

Telephone

The international dialling code for Brazil is +55, The international dialling code for Brazil is +55, so be sure to let your friends and relatives know the dialling codes so that they know how to get in touch!

To dial a UK number from abroad you’ll simply need to type +44 before the number.

Laundry

We recommend that you use local laundry services that are likely to charge by the kilo. We suggest that you bring travel wash or biodegradable soap with you in case you’d like to do your own laundry.

 

Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18.

Whats Included

  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Transfer from Rio to Ilha Grande
  • Transfer from Ilha Grande to Paraty
  • Transfer from Paraty to Rio
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Lopes Mendes excursion
  • Schooner Boat Tour
  • 24/7 emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Lunch & dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Tour guide
  • Snorkelling equipment (rent locally)

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