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Discover Brazil's Emerald Coast
Paraty, Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Buzios
Best for: Beach, Family, Highlights
Discover Brazil's spectacular emerald coastline on this 2-week itinerary taking in beaches and islands galore, each with their own personality. Disover the colonial town of Paraty, the barefoot island of Ilha Grande, the glitzy sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and finally Buzios, the perfect place to end your trip.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Visit the colonial town of Paraty, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site backed by stunning mountain scenery and famed for its secluded bays and quaint cobbled streets. From here, discover Ilha Grande where there are no roads or cars, creating a laidback and rugged paradise, before enjoying the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro. Here you can indulge in more beach time or pay a visit to the city' iconic landmarks before winding up on the many beaches of Buzios, a charming town which exudes glamour. No domestic flights make this a convenient and easy itinerary for a laidback honeymoon.
Days 1 - 4 : Paraty, Brazil
Stay at Pousada Porto Imperial for 3 nights
Your first stop will be the colonial town of Paraty, an easy drive from either Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo and a lovely relaxing place to begin your trip. Completely surrounded by jungle-clad mountains, glistening ocean waters and beautifully preserved buildings, it's the perfect place to explore Brazil's culture. Here, you can find some of the most famous Cachaça (sugar-cane rum) producers, so expect to find some of the best Caipirinhas in the country! We also recommend taking a hike through dense jungle to secluded waterfalls, or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.
Days 4 - 7 : Ilha Grande, Brazil
Stay at Pousada Naturalia for 3 nights
The idyllic island of Ilha Grande offers travellers a barefoot escape, with rustic luxury accommodation and a multitude of secluded beaches. Relax on the sand as you listen to the waves lap on the shore. Parmaioca is one of our favourite beaches; completely unspoiled it's the perfect option for couples looking to get away from the crowds. For those a little more active, take the 2 and a half hour hike to Lopes Mendes, one of the most highly-rated beaches in Brazil.
Days 7 - 10 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stay at Miramar by Windsor for 3 nights
From Ilha Grande, head to the iconic beachfront city of Rio de Janeiro, backed by beautiful forested mountains. The next two days are at your leisure, but we recommend soaking up all the culture that Rio throws at you. Take the cable car up to Sugar Loaf Mountain, wander the streets on a city tour or visit fantastic museums which showcase the city's vibrancy. Pitch up and play volleyball with locals on Copacabana Beach, or perhaps you'd like to visit the Maracana Stadium and watch a football game; the choice is entirely yours.
Days 10 - 13 : Buzios, Brazil
Stay at Pousada Abracadabra for 3 nights
Your final stop is the lively town of Buzios often heralded as the Brazilian Saint Tropez and brought to fame by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s. Buzios boasts numerous beautiful beaches, a buzzing nightlife and dining scene and a selection of charming boutique hotels, many of which enjoy ocean views. This is the perfect place to unwind before returning to Rio to connect with your flight home.
Day 13 - 14 : Flight Home.
Overnight flight back to the UK.
When to go
Rio de Janeiro is a year round destination. Spring (September - October) is one of the nicest times to visit Rio, before the humidity sets in. Rio's forests and gardens are lush and beautiful to see at this time. Summer vacation begins in mid-December and lasts until February. During this time the beaches are packed with Cariocas working on their tans. This can also be the rainiest time of year in Rio. The heavy heat starts around October and will reach 40 degrees Celsius on a sunny day. Winter vacation happens in July and, although the days can stay hot, the evenings in Rio get relatively chilly dropping to 15 degrees Celsius. The winds and dampness can make this feel colder. Summers are best for diving while the winter months (June - August) are the best for surfers. Carnaval is held every year, 7 weeks before Easter Sunday. During this period, and often the weeks leading up to it, Rio is at its liveliest. It is also a time when prices skyrocket and crowds can become unbearable.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $3760 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation with breakfasts
Half-day Schooner Cruise with lunch - in Paraty
Transfers with baggage assistance
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.