based on 10 nights & selected experiences
Full Board and activities at Pousada Picinguaba
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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