Hundreds of islands with unspoiled tropical wilderness lie just off shore of the Costa Verde and the best way to explore them is by kayak.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

11:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -4 hrs

Running from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, the Costa Verde boasts endless stretches of beautiful coastline where dense rainforests spill directly onto the beach.

From Paraty Mirim it is less than an hour's paddle to the opening of Saco do Mamángua, a unique tropical fjord flanked by white sandy bays, jutting boulders and sheer mountains coated in tropical rainforest.

Fishermen's pousadas and private villas line the five mile coastline which snakes through mangrove swamps before culminating in a fresh water tributary that runs deep into the rainforest.

Paddle up the fjord and take time to stop off at different bays for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling or a spot of lunch. Further exploration can be done on foot, trekking through the jungle to the summit of Pao do Açucar or "Sugar Loaf". This peak stands at approximately 1,800 feet high and offers incredible views over Saco do Mamángua, Ilha Grande and on a clear day, even the islands of Angra.

A three day, two night itinerary allows enough time to explore the surroundings, before arriving at Eco Lodge, a family run pousada which offers tired kayakers a good night's rest. The beautiful garden below the main house stretches down to the beach, and a small fresh water swimming pool provides a welcome respite from salt water. Guests eat dinner together up at the main house, and the rustic bedrooms are situated in a separate building which has a balcony lined with hammocks running along its length.

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Where to stay

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Originally opened in 1923, this impressive property is Rio’s most traditional and luxurious hotel, and has been the go-to-place to stay for everyone from Fred Astaire to the Rolling Stones.

Fasano

Fasano

One of the slickest hotels in Rio, Fasano is situated on Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable Ipanema Beach.

Santa Teresa Hotel RJ

Santa Teresa Hotel RJ

The Santa Teresa Hotel RJ is now under the MGallery by Sofitel umbrella.

Vila D'Este

Vila D'Este

Situated on a cliff overlooking the famous Joao Fernandes Beach, this pretty little pousada is perfectly situated near the centre of town but at a privileged position with spectacular views over the bay.

Fazenda Catucaba

Fazenda Catuçaba

Fazenda Catuçaba is a 450-hectare coffee farm in a coastal mountain range, bordering a UNESCO natural reserve, and the sister property of the lovely Pousada Picinguaba.

Casas Brancas

Casas Brancas

Just a five minute walk from the centre of coastal Búzios, and overlooking the town’s bay dotted with colourful fishing boats, Casas Brancas has the best of both worlds.

Casa Turquesa

Casa Turquesa

Now this a pretty chic boutique! Casa Turquesa is a lovely B&B idyllically situated down Paraty's cobbled town streets right on the waterfront.

Mama Ruisa

Mama Ruisa

The French owners of this boutique property believe that personalized service is paramount to maximising the Brazilian experience whilst staying in Rio de Janeiro.

Pousada Picinguaba

Pousada Picinguaba

A charming hotel in an exceptional location, ideal for enjoying the surrounding nature and the local way of life.

Rio Internacional

Rio Internacional

As one of Copacabana’s top hotels, the Rio Internacional has an excellent location overlooking Copacabana beach and fantastic views over the Corcovado mountains.

Casarão Amarelo

Casarão Amarelo

A beautiful colonial-style private hire property combining hugely comfortable accommodation, a pool and a beachfront position.

Casa Paraty

Casa Paraty

An immaculately restored colonial mansion located in the heart of the colonial old town of Paraty which is entirely closed to traffic.

Hotel Spa Nau Royal

Hotel Spa Nau Royal

Think Costa Verde, think nature, sunshine and tropical bliss. However, until now there has been little opportunity to enjoy this on the beachfront of Sao Paulo. Enter Nau Royal; a beautiful design-focussed boutique property nestled between pristine beach and lush forest.

Pousada Literaria

Pousada Literaria

Occupying a restored colonial house in the cultural heart of Paraty, Pousada Literaria embodies the rich heritage of arts in the region, and is equally charming as the churches and squares that surround it.

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Will and Alexandra are our Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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