Green Coast Explorer

The Green Coast stretches along the coast from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo and offers wonderful beaches, lush rainforest, colourful colonial architecture and is easily explored without the need for any domestic flights. This itinerary takes in some of Brazil’s highlights whilst keeping travel to a minimum – a great trip if you have time and/or budget constraints but don’t want to hold back on seeing some of the best Brazil has to offer.

Highlights: Rio de Janeiro – Ilha Grande – Paraty

Green Coast Explorer

Of course, if you wish to stay longer and explore further or just relax in a beautiful setting, there are several extensions to this itinerary we can recommend. For example you could spend a few days in Sao Paulo, or perhaps visit a Fazenda to experience life in Brazil’s less visited countryside. Alternatively we know a couple of beautiful properties nearby which offer something extra special.


DAY 1:

Arrive into Rio, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rio de Janeiro is a city which should be on everyone’s wish list and is the most spectacular setting in all of South America. The twin peaks of Sugarloaf and Corcovado with its famous statue of Christ dominate the landscape but the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon are the life and soul during the day, the bars and restaurants come into their own at sunset and the nightclubs keep the samba rhythms beating through the night.

DAY 2:

Full day tour to Sugarloaf Mountain and to Corcovado. Visitors may be interested to hear that people were travelling to the top of Corcovado for the fantastic views long before the Statue of Christ was erected in 1931 and might like to know that the first person to climb Sugarloaf was a British woman, two hundred years ago in 1815 and she carried the Union Flag, as you do. Today you can still see people climbing Sugarloaf though we prefer to take the cable car, flags not required.

DAY 3:

Day at leisure in Rio de Janeiro. Please let us know if you are interested in any particular activities or excursions, such as a tour of the Maracana stadium, a visit to Petropolis once the summer capital of Rio, a visit to a samba school, a culinary experience or perhaps a visit to a ballet school in one of the favelas which is supported by the Latin America travel industry via the LATA Foundation.

DAY 4:

Transfer by road and boat to the tropical paradise of Ilha Grande. Upon arrival on the island you will be met at the pier and escorted to your pousada.  The beautiful island has a fascinating past that has seen it be a pirates lair, a leper colony and most recently a prison island. Out of this dark history has emerged one of Brazil’s gem and a truly wonderful laid-back island retreat.

DAY 5:

Excursion to Lopes Mendes beach. You will be taken from Abraao pier by boat, and then hike the rest of the way to reach the beach, voted one of the best in Brazil, and still completely undeveloped.

DAY 6:

Free day for you to enjoy the relaxed pace and beauty of Ilha Grande at your own leisure. Soak up the sun as you unwind on the white-sand beach, or try some snorkeling in the crystal clear waters.

DAY 7:

Departure for the mainland by boat and continue by road to your hotel in the picturesque colonial town of Paraty – A UNESCO World Heritage site. Paraty is a charming coastal colonial town set against a striking backdrop of mountains and a great place to spend a few days.

DAYS 8 & 9:

Days at leisure. We can organise a variety of excursions for you such as a tour to the Cachaca Distillery and waterfalls, or a walking tour of Paraty’s historical centre. At the end of Day 9, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or further afield.

The above sample Brazil holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Brazil has a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Brazil holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Brazil Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Brazil holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Brazil holiday.

Duration of your Brazil Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your Brazil holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Brazil holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for in your tailor-made Brazil holiday.