Brazilian Beaches - Ilha Grande & Paraty

From Rio de Janeiro to Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Soak up the sun and enjoy incredible beaches and coastal vibes, exploring the pretty colonial port of Paraty, and the lush "big island"of Ilha Grande           

This is a great add on to our 9-day Signature Buenos Aires to Rio itinerary.

Travel south from Rio by road, then take a boat over to the lush island of Ilha Grande lying just off the coast of Brazil, covered in pristine remnants of Brazil's Atlantic rainforest, and hundreds of beaches.  With just one small settlement of lodgings, cafes and shops, there are no cars, so enjoy swimming, walking the jungle trails, or taking a boat around the island to explore at your leisure. Head to Lopes Mendes Beach, crystal clear water, white sand and an ocean of emerald shade, one of the best beaches in Brazil!

The head back to the mainland, and further down the coast where you will find the charming colonial town of Paraty. Once a thriving port, it is now a popular weekend getaway, with its delightful Portuguese colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and surrounding areas of tropical forest, waterfalls and beaches. Explore the town on foot, photograph the brightly colored door and window frames, take a jeep trip into the jungle to explore waterfalls and visit the local distilleries to sample some high-quality cachaça, the local drink and learn about local life.

A fantastic 5 day tropical getaway!         

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Enjoy strolling the cobblestone streets of Paraty, a charming coast port, checking out all the brightly coloured doors and windows.

Take your walking shoes, and hike along jungle trails and beaches exploring the tropical island of Ilha Grande - there are no roads so walk or talk a boat!

Learn about Cachaça, a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, used in famous cocktails like the caipirinha.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Rio de Janeiro Ilha Grande

This programme is a great add on to Signature Buenos Aires to Rio, or Signature Rio.

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred from your Rio hotel to the port to connect with the ferry to Ilha Grande. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Pousada.

The island retreat of Ilha Grande, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, is covered with tropical beaches and virgin rainforest and only a few small settlements. It has a rich history, having housed a leper colony and then a high-security penitentiary for some of Brazil’s most dangerous political prisoners, until its closure in 1994. The island is noted for its unspoilt beaches, rugged landscape, rich vegetation and scenic beauty. The largest settlement on the island is the picturesque, palm-fringed beachfront town of Vila do Abraão.

Overnight Ilha Grande

Day 2
Ilha Grande

Enjoy your free day in Ilha Grande.
On an island world-famous for over 100 beaches, Lopes Mendes Beach is one that stands out with its 3 km (1.9 mi) of white fine sand. Frequently ranked among the world’ most stunning beaches, it is well worth the hike to reach it. Or spend your time exploring the township or one of the many other beaches the island has to offer at your own leisure.

Overnight in Ilha Grande

Day 3
Ilha Grande Paraty

Transfer to Paraty back on mainland Brazil, by boat & road.

Set against a backdrop of steep mountains covered in lush forest, the small, historic coastal town of Paraty is one of Brazil’s gems. It was a port during the Brazilian Gold Rush and the cobbled streets of the colonial centre are lined with 17th and 18th century buildings and churches. Paraty sits on the Bay of Ilha Grande. The emerald green waters are dotted with tropical islands and lined with secluded beaches.

Overnight in Paraty

Day 4
Paraty: Jeep Tour to waterfall & distilleries

This tour is ideal for those seeking adventure and contact with nature. After departing from Paraty by jeep, we arrive at the tranquil Serra Bocaina National Park for our first encounter with the jungle. A short walk through the rainforest brings us to the stunning waterfalls of Pedra Branca, Toboga and Tarzan, each of which we will stop to enjoy a refreshing swim. After departing the falls, we make our way through the local countryside, stopping at a local cachaça distillery dating back to the 18th century, where we have the opportunity to taste this local firewater and see how it is produced.

Stopping for lunch at Engenho de’Ouro restaurant (included), before continuing to our final stop at Casa de Farinha Ouro Branco, which is a bakery producing manioc flour desserts where guests have the opportunity to buy and try unique Brazilian sweets.
Departing daily at 10:30am.

Overnight in Paraty

Day 5
Paraty Rio

You will be collected from your hotel in Paraty at a pre advised time and transferred to Rio de Janeiro.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrade to superior accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers on a private basis or shared basis
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides

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  • Included Stay on the tropical island of Ilha Grande, off the coast of Brazil
  • Included Spend time relaxing on one of the numerous beautiful beaches
  • Included Take your walking shoes and hike through the jungle to the white sands of Lopes Mendes Beach!
  • Included Discover the small, historic coastal town of Paraty is one of Brazil’s gems
  • Included Travel by boat over emerald green waters
  • Included See stunning waterfalls of Pedra Branca, Toboga and Tarzan
  • Included Learn about (& taste) local Brazilian food and beverages
  • Included Enjoy Ilha Grandes simplier life, with no cars and only 1 ATM
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5 days

Price from

$1,084 USD

Per person, sharing

Daily departures