Itinerary Day 1-4
The Essence of the Tropics on the Green Coast
Early departure to the small seaport town of Paraty, that during the 18th century played an important role when gold from the mines in Minas Gerais was shipped out from here to homeland Portugal. Today it counts according to UNESCO to one of the most harmonic existing examples of colonial architecture world-wide! Here you experience an exotic mixture of culture, nature, beach pleasure and activity holidays. The about 4 hours scenic drive along the coast features great views on islands and little hidden beaches of overwhelming natural beauty. A charming pousada, located in the historic center of the town, awaits you for check-in and a refreshing jump into the swimming pool.
From here it will take a short drive through the Atlantic coastal mountains to get to the former pirates village Trindade where you have time for swimming or walking on one of the dream beaches. Heading back to Paraty in the afternoon not before paying a visit to one of the notorious sugar cane mills that produce fine cachaça, the Brazilian national drink! The evening starts with a walk through the narrow cobble stone alleys still made by slaves and romantically lit by colonial candelabras. It follows a cozy dinner in one of the numerous good restaurants and a stroll through Paraty's boutiques of beautiful handicraft and Brazilian styled leisure clothing.
After breakfast you visit the small land marked baroque historical center of Paraty: its architectural gems from Brazil's colonial epoch, its patrician buildings and churches from outgoing 17th and beginning 18th century. As an itinerary of contents should offer contrasts, you board now a schooner for a four-hour boat ride through a tropical paradise full of tucked away islands and unspoiled beaches. At various stops you may enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters. Return to Paraty late afternoon. The rest of the day is free.
Today you will know two marvelous tropical beaches. Therefore you go first by regular bus to Laranjeiras, then you hike some 1½-2 hr through the lush Atlantic coastal rainforest. The destination is the fine sandy beach Praia do Sono, a paradise nearly untouched by civilization, inviting you to intensive enjoying of nature, swimming in the sea and at the nearby waterfall. After lunch in the little restaurant of a fisherman's family, who lives right behind the 1.3 km long beach, you will visit, within walking distance the virgin beach Antigos. Return to Praia do Sono for dinner and overnight in a simple chalet.
This morning you will take our boat heading for the isolated beautiful Ponta Negra beach, which is like its neighbor a nature reserve. You will have lunch in a typical restaurant at the small fishermen community who lives here. The beach pleasures aside, you will have the opportunity to familiarize with the locals, a community of the so called Caiçaras, a people who descend from Indians who habited the coastal regions of the Southeastern and live mainly from fishing activities and small plantations. In the late afternoon return to the beach Praia do Sono. Dinner and overnight.