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Brazil Sea Kayaking – The Costa Verde

March - May / October
10 Days
Riding the Kayak Support Boat Along the Costa Verde
Waterfall Swimming Hole
Colorful Doors in Colonial Paraty
Sunset Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro


Perfect Tropical Kayaking

Discover some of the many wonders of Brazil on one of our newest trips. We’ve paddled all over the world and “perfect” is not a word we use lightly, but 150 miles west of Rio de Janeiro on Brazil’s southern coast we’ve found an area that is very nearly perfect for sea kayaking.

The Green Coast

This is the Costa Verde, a verdant swath of Atlantic rainforest bordered by warm aquamarine water protected from the open Atlantic by Ilha Grande, literally “the Big Island.” Steeped in history and rich with wildlife, this area includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paraty and the Ecological Reserve of Juatinga and Cairucu.

The Greatest Beach City in the World

The journey starts with an exploration of Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s great cities, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is preparing to host the Olympics in 2016. Rio was the #1 destination on the New York Times’ ”46 Places to go in 2013″. 

Rio like a Local

You’ll have a special city tour that includes Rio’s most iconic sights and some of its hidden treasures. The lively and remarkable cuisine of Brazil is the product of Portuguese Colonial, Indigenous, and African elements influenced by successive waves of immigration, and on this trip, you’ll experience cuisine that will both surprise and delight you.

Kayaking the Costa Verde

Our paddling trip departs from the beautifully restored town of Paraty, which is the site of the world’s most intact set of Portuguese colonial buildings. It is our launch point for a boat supported kayaking journey that takes you to Saco de Mamanguá, Brazil’s tropical fjord, and along a stretch of tropical coastline dotted with tiny fishing villages, exquisite beaches and waterfall swimming holes.

Our Favorite Place

With accommodations at comfortable ecolodges and guesthouses, this boat supported trip blends comfort with a truly authentic sea kayak travel experience. We stay in the tiny fishing village of Pouso da Cajaiba, which Outside Magazine cited as their ”favorite spot” in Brazil in a March 2014 “Destinations” article about the country. Experience for yourself this magical corner of Brazil, a place where nature, fun, and music are never far apart

Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding

On this Brazil sea kayaking trip, we are also bringing along some stand up paddle boards so if participants want to, they can try out the fastest growing water sport in the world in ideal warm water conditions.


Day 1

Arrival Rio de Janeiro

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and you will be met at the airport by your Tofino Expeditions guide. Transfer to our hotel located on Copacabana beach and short walk from Ipanema Beach—the latter made famous by the Bossa Nova hit song, “Girl from Ipanema.” After freshening up, we’ll head out on a walking tour of the beaches and surrounding neighborhoods. As the sun sets, we’ll enjoy our first chilled Caipirinha (Brazil’s national drink made from Cachaca, sugar cane rum, and fresh limes) and discuss trip details before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner.
Overnight: Hotel Debret
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 2

Rio de Janeiro 

We meet Professora Teresa, an art history professor, avid paddler, and lifelong Caricoa (resident of Rio). She’ll show us some of the best Rio has to offer, starting with an ascent of Corcovado Mountain to the iconic Cristo Redentor statue and the panoramic views of this sprawling metropolis from the summit. Before lunch, we’ll also tour the winding streets of the Bohemian hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa. After dining in one of the district’s best restaurants, we’ll venture into Tijuca National Park for a walk in this remarkable 32-km² urban forest, which is home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, many threatened by extinction. Dinner this evening is a classic Churrascaria-Brazilian barbeque at a famous restaurant in Ipanema.
Overnight: Hotel Debret
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3

Rio de Janeiro to Paraty

After breakfast, we board an air-conditioned minibus for the 3½-hour drive from Rio to Paraty. The road meanders down the lush green coastline and offers views of the sea as well as glimpses of rural life in this part of Brazil. Arriving in Paraty, we check into a boutique hotel in the old town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Located at the end of the Caminho do Ouro (Gold Road) that linked the coast with the mineral wealth of the interior, Paraty has an unrivaled range of preserved and restored 18th and 19th century architecture. After settling in, we’ll do a walking tour of the old town with a local guide to learn more about Paraty’s unique place in the history of the “New World.” Dinner tonight is at “locals” restaurant in the old town.
Overnight: Pousada Pardieiro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4

Paraty to Mamanguá 

Once luggage is loaded onto our support boat, a short drive takes us to our launch beach. After an orientation and safety demo, we start our Brazil sea kayaking trip on the warm waters of Bahia Paraty and enjoy views of the town’s white colonial facades set against a backdrop of green mountains, lit by the morning sun. We cruise the coastline, pausing to survey the view from an old fort and to swim at some of the numerous sandy beaches before entering the natural splendor of Saco de Mamanguá, Brazil’s tropical fjord. Tonight, we stay at an ecolodge set on the edge of the fjord offering views of Mamangua’s Sugarloaf Peak.
Overnight: Mamanguá Eco Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5


Today, we continue to explore the Mamanguá by paddling to the beach at its head and then into an ecologically rich mangrove forest situated there. Returning along the opposite shore, we stop for lunch at a small village located at the base of the Sugarloaf and visit the workshop of a local canoe builder. The latter part of the day affords time to relax in a hammock and contemplate the view. After dark, the walls of the fjord frame a night sky sparkling with the stars of the southern hemisphere. 
Overnight: Mamanguá Eco Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6

Mamanguá to Pouso da Cajaiba

Kayaking out of the mouth of Saco de Mamangua, we pass Ilha Zeze and head south into the Bahia Cajaiba, defined on the south by Ponta da Joatinga. The waters here are less protected by Ilha Grande and so a light swell spices up the paddling. Our destination is the picturesque fishing village of Pouso da Cajaiba. Once there, our nicely appointed beachfront guesthouse puts us in the heart of village life and furnishes us with meals of the freshest seafood imaginable.
Overnight: Pouso da Cajaiba Guest House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7

Bahia Cajaiba and Praia Grande

Today’s paddle is to Praia Grande—literally, “Big Beach,” a picture perfect arc of sand and the sort of place that dreams are made of. We’ll relax, swim, and snorkel before hiking a short way inland for a dip in a tropical pool at the base of a jungle waterfall.
Overnight: Pouso da Cajaiba Guest House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8

Parati Mirim, Return to Paraty and Chef’s Dinner

This morning we use our support boat to leapfrog back along our route to explore Parati Mirim, a lake-like bay of islands and part of the Caicuru Ecological Reserve. The route back to Paraty takes us past an island inhabited by rare golden lion tamarins, a species of small monkey native to this Atlantic Rainforest, and extremely endangered, with a wild population thought to number less than 1500. For our final evening in Paraty, we have a special invitation to dine with Chef Yara Castro Roberts and her photographer husband, Richard, at their elegantly restored colonial home in old Paraty. Yara is the author of “The Brazilian Table” and was featured in the episode “Yara Roberts’ Brazil” on the PBS series “Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth.” An evening with Yara is a lively and memorable blend of cuisine and culture as she relates the unique history of Brazil to each of the evening’s dishes.
Overnight: Pousada Pardieiro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9

Caminho do Ouro and return to Rio de Janeiro

After packing up, we’ll board our minibus and drive into the hills behind Paraty for a brief walk along the remnants of the Caminho do Ouro (Gold Road), parts of which are remarkably well preserved nearly 200 years after construction. We’ll also visit an Artisan Cachaca distillery before finally saying goodbye to Paraty and returning to Rio. Arriving at our hotel in the mid- to late afternoon, there will be time to relax and freshen up before heading out for an evening in the city.
Overnight: Hotel Debret
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 9

Final Day in Rio and Outbound Flights

Flights out are typically in the evening so we will arrange for luggage to be stored at the hotel after check-out and the day is free for last minute shopping or relaxing on the beach until the late afternoon when transport to the airport will depart.
Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast


Hotel Debret, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janiero

The Hotel Debret is a stylish high rise hotel on Copacabana Beach. There is easy beach access and the sweeping view from the penthouse breakfast room is stunningly beautiful. Visit Website

Pousada Pardieiro, Paraty

The Pousada is a tastefully restored Portugese colonial mansion in the heart of historic Paraty with a nice pool and comfortable outdoor seating areas. Visit Website

Mamanguá Eco Lodge, Saco do Mamanguá

On the lush shores of Brazil’s tropical fjord the Mamanguá Eco Lodge is a comfortable property operating with sustainability in mind. View Website

Pouso da Cajaiba Guest House

The beachfront guest house is family run and located in the center of this small community. The locate puts into the heart of village life. Meals are served family style on the front porch of the house and swimming is only a few steps away.


At this time we do not offer any extensions for this trip but please feel free to call us about added travel options at 1-800-677-0877. We have spent a lot of time in and around the destinations we offer and are more than happy to share our experience.

Dates & Availability

Trip Length
3/10/16 - 3/19/16
3/10/16 3/19/16
10/20/16 - 10/29/16
10/20/16 10/29/16
NOTE: Trips showing as 'Available' have at least 4 places open. All prices are $USD unless otherwise stated.

What Is Included

  • All accommodations as specified in itinerary
  • All meals as specified in itinerary
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of scheduled itinerary
  • Ground transportation and park / attraction entry fees
  • Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
  • Safety equipment including: medical kit, radios and satellite phone
  • Expedition support boat and luggage transfers

What Is Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Tipping of guides
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature
  • Insurance of any kind (we strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance that covers medical and evacuation as well as cancellations for medical reasons)
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