Hidden Beaches of Brazil: Costa Verde + Rio de Janeiro

Hidden Beaches of Brazil: Costa Verde + Rio de Janeiro



Experience Brazil’s vibrant culture and dynamic scenery as you meander the cobblestone streets of Paraty, swap stories with local fisherman in the remote village of Mamanaguá, discover secret coves and deserted beaches, and visit the famed Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

Paraty 2 NIGHTs

A colonial port town nestled in lush coastal mountains known for its rich history, impeccably maintained architecture, and access to little known deserted beaches and coves.

Saco do Mamanguá 2 NIGHTs

Enjoy total serenity in this secluded tropical fjord bound by towering mountains and dense forest.

Rio de Janeiro 2 NIGHTs

A vibrant and energetic city with views unlike any other atop the famed Sugarloaf Mountain.

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KEY B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Knowmad Travel Day

DAY 1 •  USA – São Paulo

You will take an overnight flight from the U.S., arriving in São Paulo the following morning.

Paraty Cobblestone Streets

DAY 2 •  São Paulo - Paraty

Arrive in Brazil and meet your local, private guide before embarking on your scenic 4 ½ hour journey north towards Paraty. Enjoy lunch on your way and an evening at leisure meandering the quaint cobblestone streets of Paraty.  

  • Pousada Literária

Paraty Custom Brazil Trip

DAY 3 •  Paraty

Head out today for a guided “insider’s look” experience of old town, seeing the city’s most important sites and learning about its rich and colorful history. Admire beautiful colonial architecture, discover why their street design was ahead of its time, and learn about the more mysterious and dark moments too, like exiled Portuguese royalty and the slave trade. Choose to spend the rest of the day at your leisure, stand up paddle board off of Jabaquara beach, or kayak through green mangroves and hidden islands while spotting wildlife.

  • B – Pousada Literária

Paraty Saco Da Mamangua Trip

DAY 4 •  Paraty - Saco do Mamanguá

After breakfast, navigate by traditional boat through Paraty Bay’s crystalline waters arriving to the little-known Saco do Mamanguá located in the Joatinga Peninsular Eco-Reserve, Brazil’s only tropical fjord. Unwind in this hidden tropical paradise.

  • B, D – Refúgio Mamanguá

Paraty Kayaking

DAY 5 •  Saco do Mamanguá

Enjoy the day exploring independently. Optional experiences could include canoeing through mangroves to a natural pool and lunch at a local family’s home, or a boat cruise and a trek up what locals call the mini-Sugarloaf peak for incredible views of the surrounding bays and rainforest covered mountainsides.

  • B, D – Refúgio Mamanguá

Paraty Boat Ride Brazil Custom Trip

DAY 6 •  Saco do Mamanguá - Paraty - Rio de Janeiro

Boat back to Paraty Mirim where you’ll meet your local guide upon arrival and begin the scenic coastal drive to Rio de Janiero.

  • B – Janeiro Hotel

Rio - Christ the Redeemer

DAY 7 •  Rio de Janeiro

Visit the most important symbol of Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer, located at Corcovado Mountain before exploring Project Morrinho. Project Morrinho was started by local youth as a way to escape the reality of violence and corruption that surrounded their community before becoming an award winning art installation globally. Today, this art installation turned community project gives people a unique, multidimensional perspective to favela life through an artistic city model made of bricks and other materials. 

  • B – Janeiro Hotel

Rio de Janeiro Sugarloaf

DAY 8 •  Rio de Janeiro - Onward

Enjoy exploring independently in the morning before your private transfer to Sugaloaf Mountain, the famous peak situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. A scenic cable car ride gives you a unique perspective of Copacabana, Santa Cruz Fortress, and the beaches of Niterói.

Following your day’s exploration, you will be brought to the airport for your international, overnight flight home.

  • B


There are no regional flights for this trip.

Knowmad has vast knowledge of and operations within Brazil. This is a private trip, and during the planning stages, your Trip Specialist will collaborate with you in modifying excursions, accommodations, and the flow of the itinerary to perfectly suit your travel style and interests. The following are some ways to personalize this custom Brazil trip:

DurationWith more time consider a foray into the Amazon jungle, a connection via Iguazú Falls to Argentina, or time exploring the African heritage of Bahia.

accommodation upgrades or AlternativesFrom backcountry camping in tents to luxury, boutique hotels, Knowmad handpicks accommodations based on our travelers’ desires. Talk with us about the nuances of the variety of properties featured in our trips to find the best fit for you.

Visit another regionMaybe wine country or an Andean pueblo has caught your eye, but it’s not in this itinerary. Knowmad Trip Specialists are experts at coordinating inter-regional travel, considering sequencing and the best duration to spend in each destination depending on your interests and travel style.