Brazil Emerald Coast Escape

Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Ubatuba

From $3700 per person in low season
From $4200 per person in high season

based on 10 nights & selected experiences

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Full Board and activities at Pousada Picinguaba

based on 2 people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • An easy simple itinerary that combines Rio, the beautiful Emerald Coast and colonial Paraty without any internal flights

  • Take a morning stroll through the stunning botanical gardens in Rio

  • Explore colonial Paraty on foot - no cars are allowed

  • Drink in the sensational sea views from Pousada Picinguaba

  • Take a trip on Picinguaba's private schooner to explore the myriad islands for swimming or snorkeling

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The best time of year to visit is from October to April, when temperatures are hot and the sea warm. Do bear in mind that rainfall in this part of Brazil is spread quite evenly throughout the year, but the sunshine is never far away. If traveling over Christmas/New Year or over Carnival, be sure to book well in advance as space is very tight over these periods.

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An easy-paced exploration of Brazil’s spectacular Emerald Coast, traveling from the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro to the colonial town of Paraty and finishing at Pousada Picinguaba, a wonderfully laid back retreat with gorgeous ocean views and access to the region's wild beaches, backed by lush Atlantic forest.

  1. Fly to Rio de Janeiro

  2. Days 1-4: Rio de Janeiro

    Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, the beating heart of Brazil, where we recommend spending a few days to enjoy all that the vibrant city has to offer. Explore the city’s wonders and beaches by day and go out to enjoy the city’s wonderful culinary and music scene by night. We recommend a visit to the botanical gardens and the iconic sites of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Rio de Janeiro.

    Accommodation: Miramar by Windsor (3 nights)

  3. Days 4-7: Paraty

    From Rio, travel by private car along Brazil’s Emerald Coast to Paraty, whose historic center boasts beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial architecture and winding cobbled streets. Stay three nights at the Pousada do Ouro, a delightful and superbly located guesthouse, from where you can enjoy an easygoing life at some of Paraty’s bars and restaurants, or venture further afield to one of the bay’s many islands which boast idyllic beaches.

    Accommodation: Pousada do Ouro (3 nights)

  4. Days 7-11: Paraty

    Finish with four nights of relaxation at Pousada Picinguaba, an intimate hideaway with a laid-back ambience which is completely immersed in nature. The pousada is backed by rainforest-cloaked peaks, and from its position in the hills you can enjoy views down to the calm and sheltered cove below. Although not a traditional beach destination, this is the perfect place to unwind, with wild and rugged beaches a short hop across the water by paddleboard, kayak or boat. Enjoy the plentiful activities on offer here from hiking to yoga, boat cruises and water activities, or simply unwind by the pool and admire the landscapes, tucking into hearty, home-cooked meals during your downtime.

    Accommodation: Pousada Picinguaba (4 nights)

  5. Fly home from Sao Paulo


  • Birdwatching at Pousada Picinguaba

    Over 400 species of bird can be found around Paraty making this an ideal spot for both budding twitchers, as well as photographers! Immerse yourself in the Atlantic Forest with a knowledgeable guide who can show you the best spots for birdwatching.

  • Discover Paraty - Historical Walking Tour

    Paraty is a charming town on Brazil's Emerald Coast, the center of which has remained virtually unchanged since its heyday as a port for gold passing through from the mines of Minas Gerais. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour of this world heritage site.

  • Kayak in Picinguaba Bay

    Deserted beaches and gentle waves set the scene for a spot of Kayaking around Pousada Picinguaba. Enjoy a choice of two different routes as you paddle around this pristine coastline; keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles and rays!

  • Paraty's Gold Trail at Pousada Picinguaba

    Delve deep into 18th Century Paraty as you journey along The Gold Trail, constructed by African slaves in the 18th Century to transport gold from the Brazilian countryside to Paraty's port, from where it would then be shipped to Portugal.

  • Schooner cruise at Pousada Picinguaba

    Relax and unwind on a day-long schooner cruise, exploring the crystal-clear waters that lap the shores surrounding Pousada Picinguaba, and even indulge in a spot of snorkeling.

  • Stand-up paddleboarding at Pousada Picinguaba

    Put your balance to the test and head out on the waters of Picinguaba Bay, stand-up paddleboard in tow. A little more stable than a surfboard, paddleboarding is a great introduction to the world of water sports and a relaxing way to explore the coast.


Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Ubatuba

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. To start planning your vacation