Cycle past the high farmlands of Serra do Mar. Hike through a lush rain forest. Canoe in the pristine Saco do Mamanguá. Indulge in a refreshing sip of sweetly tart caipirinha. An infectious samba beat fills the air with excitement, inviting you to move. Tempting you to explore. Give in to the intoxicating rhythm of Brazil.
1-2 Kick off your Brazilian adventure in the verdant foothills of the Serra do Mar, a World Heritage Site Bike and hike through rain forest, rolling countryside and small farms surrounded by endless greenery.
3 Get your first taste of the Emerald Coast where jungle-laden mountains spill onto an impressive coastline Hike along beautiful Praia da Fazenda, a 2 mile-long white-sand beach Climb aboard an exclusive private schooner and cruise to uninhabited islands to snorkel along the pristine coastline Grab a stand-up paddleboard or kayak and float through the picturesque Picinguaba Bay.
4 Hike into the spellbinding Saco do Mamanguá, a coastal inlet that extends six miles from the sea to the forest, inhabited by a traditional community of caiçaras (fishermen) Accompanied by local guides, explore Mamanguá's tranquil waters in canoes After a scenic boat ride to the coastal city of Paraty, wander through the pleasant praças (plazas) and colonial churches tucked among the old town's cobblestone streets.
5-6 Pedal out of Paraty on a quiet path to the Estrada Real, a network of colonial-era royal roads built to transport gold, diamonds and minerals in the 1600s With a local expert at your side, walk along the Gold Trail, one of the oldest roads in the Americas Take a dip in a swimming hole with a waterfall before lunch at a nearby distillery that produces cachaça, a local firewater made from sugarcane (a key ingredient in caipirinhas) Explore Paraty's historic center on a walking tour before voyaging to Brazil's most marvelous city, Rio de Janeiro.