Honeymoon in Brazil
Paraty is a small town, set along the Costa Verde, or 'Green Coast' between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The historic town has preserved its Portuguese colonial architecture and coble stone streets, from the time it was a thriving port, during the Brazilian Gold Rush. The neoclassic Nossa Senhora do Remédios, in city centre is Paraty’s largest church. While Capela de Santa Rita, standing on the waterfront, is the oldest and city’s landmark.
The tour starts in Sao Paulo, the modern, cosmopolitan city with some of finest museums, restaurants and shopping in South America. Transfer to the fabulous island retreat of Ilha Grande that owes its pristine condition to its unusual history. On the mainland, Paraty is a beautiful colonial town with cobblestone streets. In the surrounds are dozens of pristine beaches, while inland, the Parque Nacional da Serra da Bocaina provides protection to lush remnant of Atlantic rainforest.
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And, experience Paraty’s cosmopolitan culture of its artists, writers & chefs.
The tour starts in Sao Paulo, the modern, cosmopolitan city with some of finest museums, restaurants and shopping streets in South America. Surrounded by lovely beaches, its entertainment and nightlife have attracted some of the best performers in the world.
The fabulous island retreat of Ilha Grande owes its pristine condition to its unusual history. First it was a pirates’ lair, then a leper colony and, finally, a penitentiary where political prisoners were held alongside some of Brazil’s most violent criminals. All that remains of those days are some half-buried stone foundations, but the island’s unsavory reputation kept developers at bay for a long time. Consequently, beautiful tropical beaches and virgin Atlantic rainforest abound on Ilha Grande, and there are still only a few settlements on the island.
Vila do Abraão, the island's biggest town, once a sleepy fishing village, now has a veritable thicket of pousadas (guesthouses), restaurants and bars, but this palm-studded beachfront town, with its tidy yellow church, is still incredibly picturesque, and remains small by mainland Brazilian standards. Vehicles are not allowed in town, so the only transport here is by foot or boat. There are easy hiking trails that you can catch from a few steps out of town in any direction.
Opposite on the mainland is Paraty, a beautiful colonial town with cobblestone streets that is also closed to traffic – a perfect tourist destination. Elegant white buildings adorned with fanciful multihued borders and latticed windows blend harmoniously with the natural beauty that envelops the town. Paraty is crowded and lively throughout the summer holidays, brimming with Brazilian and European travellers. The town’s cosmopolitan flavour is further enhanced by the large number of artists, writers and chefs, both Brazilian and foreign, who have settled here and opened shops, galleries and restaurants.
Dozens of pristine beaches are within a couple of hours of Paraty by boat or bus, while inland, the Parque Nacional da Serra da Bocaina provides protection for a lush remnant of Atlantic rainforest. There is plenty to do here including hiking and paddling if you wish to get off the beaten track. It is a beautiful place to go with one warning – it is possible that over several caipirinhas, it may dawn on you that you should have planned a week in this ‘enchanting town’ rather than three days during this Brazilian adventure.
There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.
Sao Paulo – Paraty – Ilha Grande - Rio
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Sao Paulo Meet and greet on arrival in Sao Paulo and transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon: (Optional): Explore the city, visiting the residential areas of Higienópolis with its 1950’s apartment buildings; the Soccer Stadium and Ibirapuera Park with its beautiful gardens and lakes. Then travel to the Oriental District, where the Japanese have their commerce and the Sao Paulo’s Cathedral.
Evening: We recommend your first dinner in Brazil at Fasano restaurant at the hotel. Inspired by the elegant scenario of Milan, the native land of the Fasanos, the restaurant offers the gastronomic delights by the well known chef Salvatore Loi.
Night: Stretch out your night at the Baretto bar. There, in the midst of French armchairs and a travertine marble bar, the house band plays fine music – mainly jazz and bossa nova. Occasionally there are shows by well-known artists. And if you're still up for having more fun until dawn, it's time to go Club Lótus in the Gran Meliá Sao Paulo hotel (branch of Lotus in New York).
Overnight at Fasano Sao Paulo Hotel.
Day 2 – Optional Tours
Sao Paulo Today is at leisure for you to explore the town. If you prefer shopping then request for a driver (optional) and shop at some of the most exclusive shopping centres in the town. Start with the Oscar Freire Street, considered to be one of the eight most luxury streets according to the 'Mystery Shopping International'. A privileged place where both sophistication and elegance meet. When tired, take a break for coffee at Santo Grao, voted for having the best espresso in the city.
Lunch at Figueira Rubaiyat for the fantastic Mediterranean food whose food and service are a benchmark for top quality! By far, one of the fine dining spots in town for the best beef.
Spend your evening at the Skye bar on the top floor of the bold Hotel Unique. Take a dip in the swimming pool and savour a glass of prosecco while you admire the view of the Parque do Ibirapuera.
Overnight at Fasano Sao Paulo Hotel (B)
Day 3 – Transfer
Paraty Transfer by road/bus to Paraty. Meet and greet on arrival and rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Paraty (B)
Day 4 – Beach Destination
Paraty Paraty is the jewel of Rio de Janeiro's Green Coast. This beautiful colonial town has a rich history, and was once second only to Rio in importance. Set amid secluded beaches and jungle mountains plunging into an island-studded bay, Paraty is one of Brazil’s most appealing and exquisitely preserved historical gems.
Explore this beautiful town with centuries-old architecture and cobblestone streets, where elegant white buildings adorned with latticed windows blend harmoniously with the natural beauty that envelops the town. There are dozens of pristine beaches within a couple of hours of Paraty which we will visit during your stay here.
Overnight Angra dos Reis (B, L)
Day 5 – Explore at Leisure
Paraty Explore the town at leisure or take an optional full day jeep tour to visit Serra da Bocaina (Mata Atlântica) and Caminho deOuro. This tour will take us to the National Park that offers beautiful waterfalls, great for a swim in crystal clear waters. Enjoy and appreciate the marvellous panoramic views of the mountain range and stop at Villa Verde Restaurant for lunch near a small waterfall. This trip is combined with walks through the Atlantic Forest and the preserved area of Golden Route, that was used for the African slaves to carry gold and other natural resources from Minas Gerais to the port in Paraty.
Overnight Angra dos Reis (B, L)
Day 6 – Ferry Transfer
Ilha Grande Morning transfer from your hotel Angra dos Reis. Ferry to Ilha Grande (Duration aprox. 1:30); walking transfer to your pousada followed by a reconnaissance tour.
Overnight in IlhaGrande (B)
Day 7 – Beach Destination
Ilha Grande Leave in the morning with your local guide for 7km walk to the beach of Lopes Mendes. To get there you cross rainforest, up easy slopes that allow you great views of the tiny bays on the island. It is not rare to come across animals (birds, monkeys). On the other side of the mountain and after a walk of about 2-3 hours across several peaceful beaches , you reach the beach of Lopes Mendes, a long wild beach of white sand bordered by coconut palms. Return by the end of the afternoon to Abraao.
Overnight in Ilha Grande (B)
Day 8 – Transfer
Rio de Janeiro Return from Ilha Grande and transfer to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro. In the afternoon, take a Samba Dance Class (optional) at one most the prestigious dancing schools or explore the town at your leisure.
Overnight at Copacabana Hotel (B)
Day 9 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janero After breakfast take a half day tour to one of Rio’s most famous postcard views, the “SugarLoaf” mountain. This visit is made in two stages by cable car. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high from where one has a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado hill. Then take a second cable car to the top (395 meters) to see a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some of the beaches of Niterói.
Overnight at Copacabana Hotel (B)
Day 10 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janero Take a short drive through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambo drome, the Metropolitan and the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Then drive through the charming neighbourhood of Santa Teresa to catch the train to Corcovado, the majestic statue of Christ standing 120 feet high. The Redeemer’s outstretched arms welcome you to a breathtaking panorama - unmatched for its spellbinding magic!
On your return stop at the artsy and hip Santa Teresa neighbourhood where you will visit the Chacara do Ceu Museum – perhaps the best small museum in the country. For lunch we recommend Aprazivel restaurant, Rio’s best contemporary Brazilian cuisine restaurant which has stunning views of the Guanabara Bay. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at Copacabana Hotel (B)
Day 11 – Depart
Rio de Janero Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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Overview Brazil is bigger than the United States (excluding Alaska) and the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.
Roughly two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast and well over half live in cities. In Rio and São Paulo, Brazil has two of the world’s great metropolises. Most Brazilians speak Portuguese but there are also Spanish speakers who won’t understand Portuguese.
In the extreme south German and eastern European immigration has left distinctive traces; São Paulo has the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan; a large Afro-Brazilian population is concentrated in Rio, Salvador and São Luís; while the Indian influence is very visible in the Amazon.
Where to go The three largest cities in Brazil; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are worth visiting but Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination.
The South, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul includes much of the enormous Paraná River system. Further south-west are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, one of the great natural wonders of South America.
The Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments. In the middle, lies Brasília, the country’s space-age capital, and gateway to Mato Grosso. It includes the Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin that also contains two major cities – Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.
The Northeast, the part of Brazil that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean is a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil. Two of its largest cities; Recife and Salvador, are most heavily Afro-Brazilian and a fascinating place to visit.
When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. The only part of Brazil that ever gets really cold is the South and Southeast, the region roughly from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul that includes Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
In January the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April and May the temperatures begin to decline and by end April, Pantanal enters its dry season.
June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight. It is a good time to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, with one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.
August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.
Visa Visas for Brazil are not required by all nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. Visas are required by nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA. Other national to check with Brazilian Consulate in their respective countries.
For UK Travellers: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist.
Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
For further information about visas see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk