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Visconde de Mauá – Ilha Grande

Itinerary / Program

Travel to Brazil / Tours – Please find below a day by day itineray of hiking tour 2 Visconde de Mauá - Ilha Grande:

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Visit of the main highlights of Rio de Janeiro, including Sugarloaf (Pão de Açúcar) & Corcovado mountain such as a small hike to Pico da Tijuca (1.022 m), the highest elevation of Tijuca National Park. Diner at a typical restaurant at Copacabana beach.

Day 2 - 5: Itatiaia National Park / Visconde de Mauá

Drive through the upper Paraíba valley to charming Visconde de Mauá in the heart of the Mantiqueira mountain range. Traverse through the high montane seasonal rainforest of Serra Negra to the upper section of Itatiaia National Park. Day hike through highly diverse campos de altitude to the spring of the Aiuruoca river, passing many amazing alkaline rock formations such as Prateleiras, Agulhas Negras, Pedra do Altar or Asa do Hermes. Visit of some beautiful waterfalls and natural pools of the Maromba and Campo Belo river in the lower tropical part of this fascinating conservation unit. Drive to the northern slopes of the Bocaina mountain range past old coffee fazendas and historic villages such as Bananal or São José do Barreiro.

Day 6 - 9: Serra da Bocaina National Park

Ascent along the crystal clear waters of the Formoso river to the Bocaina highlands. Hike through mixed tropical and riparian rainforest with the presence of many Paraná pine trees to the Veado river at the Atlantic scarp of the Bocaina plateau. Many bathing opportunities in pools and cascades formed by the Mambucaba river. Accomodation in houses of local people. Descent along an ancient gold and (later) coffee trail to the village of Mambucaba. Transfer to Ilha Grande.

Day 10 - 13: Ilha Grande State Park

Trekking on hidden submontane and montane tropical rainforest trails to peaks, desert beaches, lagoons, mangrove areas, local fishing communities (caiçaras) and a unique sea cave at the southwestern point of Ilha Grande.

Day 14: Ilha Grande – Rio de Janeiro

Return to Rio de Janeiro and transport to the international airport.

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