Setting out from the picturesque colonial town of Paraty we spend 5 days kayaking the warm waters of Brazil's only tropical fjord, paddling across naturally protected bays and through mangrove forests with stops at islands and beaches.
Highlights of this lodge-based trip include the best beaches on Brazil's Green Coast; the outstanding views from the 500 m Sugarloaf Peak in Mamanguá tropical fjord; paddling through mangrove teeming with wildlife; island hopping in the Bay of Paraty; and with a bit of luck you might get to see the endangered Golden Lion Tamarin monkey.
- Island hopping by kayak in the bays around Paraty
- Some of the best beaches on Brazil’s tropical Green Coast.
- Brazil’s only tropical fjord seen from the Mamangua Sugarloaf peak
- Mangrove exploration
- Experiencing the Caiçara Culture of the remote, local fishing communities
- Flora and fauna of Brazil’s Forgotten Forest, the Atlantic Rainforest
- The 19th Century colonial town of Paraty.
Day 1: Paraty – colonial town on Brazil’s Green Coast. Arrival in Paraty. Tour of the picturesque colonial town of Paraty, a UNESCO nominated World Heritage Site for 19th Century Colonial Architecture. Evening: meet the guides over dinner in the old town. Overnight accommodation in Paraty. Includes: (D).
Days 2-6: Sea Kayaking on Brazil’s Green Coast. The exact kayaking route will vary depending on local weather conditions. We paddle for approximately 3 to 4 hours per day, with plenty of time for relaxation and other activities.
Day 2: The Bay of Paraty. The Gold Trail was built by African slaves in the 17th and 18th Centuries to transport gold and precious stones out of the Brazilian interior to the port of Paraty for onward shipment to Portugal. The Bay of Paraty offered the Portuguese a safe anchorage and was well-defended against pirate attacks. On this first day, after paddling and safety instruction, we learn a bit about the history of Paraty as we paddle the beaches and islands of the protected bay visiting fortifications, viewpoints and mangrove. After lunch on what is widely regarded as the prettiest island in Paraty we also call in at the privately owned Mantimento Island where, with a bit of good fortune, we get to see the endangered Golden Lion Tamarins. Overnight accommodation. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: The Costa Verde (Green Coast). Today we paddle along some of the finest scenery the Green Coast (Costa Verde) has to offer before finishing up in Brazil’s only Tropical Fjord, the Saco do Mamangua, which is only accessible by trail or sea. We pass stunning rainforest covered coastline, islands and beaches with plenty of opportunity for snorkelling and swimming on this day’s kayaking. Overnight accommodation in Mamanguá. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Marine Life Sanctuary and Brazil’s only Tropical Fjord
In addition to its sandy beaches and clear waters the fjord, with its protected waters and mangrove, is a natural sanctuary for marine life with over 100 species of fish. Today we paddle to the mangrove at the back of the bay and see at first hand how the three ecosystems in the fjord support marine life. Overnight accommodation in Mamangua. Includes: (B, L, D).
- Local handicrafts made with caixeta wood
- Visit to Flour House to see traditional way of making manioc flour, one of Brazil’s dietary staples.
- Hike up Mamanguá Sugarloaf Peak which, at 500 m, offers fantastic views of the fjord and the bay of Paraty in the distance.
Day 5: Caiçara Fishing Village. Today we paddle to Pouso da Cajaiba, a remote fishing village on the edge of the Atlantic Rainforest in the Juatinga Peninsular Eco-reserve. On the way we stop at a beautiful sandy beach for swimming and lunch and afterwards freshen up at a waterfall. At Pouso da Cajaiba we experience the local Caiçara culture – their way of life and their simple, yet delicious, cooking. Overnight accommodation in Pouso da Cajaiba. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Paraty Mirim. Our Green Coast Sea Kayaking adventure ends in Little Paraty, or Paraty Mirim as it is known in the local Tupi Indian language. This was the disembarkation point for slaves being transported from the west coast of Africa in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Return to Paraty for onward travel. Includes: (B, L).
Accommodation info: Paraty: Charming hotel/guesthouse located just outside the Old Town. Hotel with swimming pool and air conditioned rooms.
On paddling route: Clean, basic accommodation in mix of simple guest houses, lodges and local houses
Meals: Food is an important part of any traveling experience and on this trip you will try a variety of the very best local Brazilian dishes. Seafood features heavily – the fresh fish, shrimp and squid from the coastal communities with the rice, bean and manioc flour that are the staple ingredients of Brazilian eating. Dining can be a real pleasure in Brazil…as long as you know where to go and what to ask for! Fortunately our guides know all the best places – some well known, others hidden away.
When to come and Weather conditions: We work all year round. However, the best time for sea kayaking is Brazilian autumn/fall and winter (March to September) when it is cooler, drier and sunnier. During these months temperatures are around mid 20s Celsius (mid 80s Fahrenheit) during the day, not humid, and cooler at night. December, January and February are the tropical summer months which are very hot, very humid and very wet. These months are best avoided if you are not used to the heat. April, May, June and September are the quietest low tourist season months. It’s best to avoid Easter and national holidays as the town and the bay get busier and prices go up.
Paddling conditions: Mostly flat water paddling in 3 different protected bays, ideal for beginners. Beautiful scenery for all levels.
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