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São Paulo – Rio de Janeiro

Itinerary / Program

Brazil Travel / Mata Atlântica – Please find below a day by day itineray of hiking tour 1: São Paulo - Rio de Janeiro:

Day 1: São Paulo

In the morning, guided walk through the historic centre of São Paulo, the japanese village Liberdade and little Italy Bela Vista. After lunch, visit of Brazil's largest known howler monkey colony at Cantareira State Park. Joint diner at a typical barbecue restaurant (Churrascaria).

Day 2 – 3: Ilhabela

Transfer to Ilhabela and short hike through tropical rainforest, along a charming river with several natural pools and little cascades. The second day, hike on remote rainforest trails to a little fishing community at one of the most beautiful and isolated beaches on the backside of the island. Return by canoes (hollowed tree trunks) of the fishermen.

Day 4 – 5: Serra do Mar

At Serra do Mar Statepark you will visit the national monument Casa da Farinha, a former alcohol, sugar cane and manioc mill, a quilombo village where the descendants of African slaves live and the mangrove swamps of the Bicas river. The Jatobá trail takes you to the natural pool Poço da Rasa, first part of an 8 hours historic dense rainforest trail, which prior to the construction of the Rio - Santos highway in 1975 was used by the locals to get to the holy mass in Paraty and to commercialize their products. From a former hippy community and one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil we hike to the borderline of the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro where an enormous granitic rock provides us with a spectacular view on the Juatinga reserve, our next destination.

Day 6 – 7: Juatinga

The traverse of the Juatinga Ecological Reserve, where until today no electricity is available, is for sure one of the highlights of this hiking adventure. Passing the "dream" beaches Sono, Antigona and Antiguinha, we reach at the end of the first day a little caiçara village in the extreme south of the peninsula. After a steep ascent and descent through submontane and montane forest and a long hike along the coast to Martim de Sá we reach at the end of the second day the beautiful bay of Cajaíba.

Day 8 – 9: Paraty

Boat transfer to colonial Paraty and in the afternoon, visit of the historical centre. The next day, hike along a less known section of one of the ancient gold trails (Trilha do Ouro) at Serra da Bocaina National Park and in the afternoon visit of one of the last traditional sugar cane (cachaça) distilleries.

Day 10 – 11: Ilha Grande

Transfer to Ilha Grande. On our way, visit of an amazing waterfall and the historic centre of Mambucaba, after Paraty, the second important gold shipping point of the 17th century. The next day, either hike to the wild beaches on the southern part of Ilha Grande or climb of the islands second highest peak.

Day 12 – 13: Rio de Janeiro

Visit of the magnificent pioneer formations of the Guaratiba Biological Reserve and transfer to Rio de Janeiro. The next day, visit of Copacabana, the Tijuca National Park including the Christ statue at Corcovado and a hike to Pico da Tijuca, with 1.022 m the highest elevation of Rio de Janeiro. Optional: visit of the sugar loaf key

Day 14: Rio de Janeiro – São Paulo

Transfer to São Paulo and return to GB or USA.

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