The Costa Verde

A luxury tailor-made holiday from Rio to Sao Paulo

The Costa Verde

This luxury holiday focuses on the beautiful stretch of coastline between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the Costa Verde, and is ideal for those who are not looking to travel too far in such a vast country. Begin in the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro with its iconic sights before heading along the coast to the ‘Big Island’ of Ilha Grande where you can enjoy a boat ride around the island and then continue to a stunning pousada in Picinguaba, small fishing village. The trip ends at a beautiful countryside fazenda to see a different side of Brazil, all in luxury accommodation.

Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro

Fly to Rio de Janeiro where upon arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Flights to Rio from Europe generally arrive either in the early morning or late in the evening. The remainder of the day will be free for you to relax.

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Hotel Porto Bay Rio de Janeiro Hotel Porto Bay Rio de Janeiro

The Porto Bay Hotel has a great location and offers three room types; superior, deluxe and suites, all of which are immaculately presented and all have views of the ocean. The restaurant in the hotel offers fabulous food but also a wonderful panoramic view over Copacabana beach whereas the Bar Limone is the perfect spot for a caipirinha or for a bit of dancing. Everyone will love the rooftop. Complete with pool and bar with superb views of Sugar Loaf and Copacabana beach this is a great place to spend a few hours, lazing in the sun or sipping cocktails as the sun goes down.

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast you will be met by your private English speaking guide and depart for Corcovado to see the most famous of all images of Rio, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The views from the top are breathtaking and make you realise why Rio is considered by many as the most beautiful city in the world.

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro

This afternoon you will head off to explore Sugar Loaf Mountain. This granite rock is an iconic Rio landmark and from the top you’ll once again have the most wonderful views of the whole city, its beaches and a breathtaking view of Guanabara Bay. It’s a great place to watch the sun set over the city.

Days 4 – 6 Ilha Grande

This morning a private driver will collect you and you will be transferred along the coast to the town of Angra dos Reis from where you will board a ferry to Ilha Grande. On arrival at the island you will be transferred to your hotel for the next few nights. Over the next few days you will be able to relax on the beaches of Ilha Grande and also enjoy a boat trip around to the stunning Lopes Mendes beach, one of the finest in Brazil.

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Sagu Mini Resort, Ilha Grande Sagu Mini Resort, Ilha Grande

The Sagu Mini Resort is nestled in the lush Atlantic Rainforest, with a view of the calm waters of the Bay of Abraão, at 10 minutes walking from the village, between Comprida and Brava Beaches. Simple yet elegant, the 9 rooms are spacious, featuring two suites located on different levels. All the rooms have a private veranda with a conveniently placed hammock so guests can appreciate the enchanting sunset. The rooms are also equipped with air conditioning, a mini-bar, an orthopaedic mattress, spacious bathrooms, an overhead fan, a mosquito net, a telephone.

Days 7 – 9 Picinguaba

This morning you will take a boat back to the mainland where you will be met by a private driver an continue south along the coast and past Paraty to the small fishing village of Picinguaba. Set against the backdrop of the Atlantic rainforest Picinguaba contains some stunning beaches and is a wonderful place to spend a few days. Picinguaba is home to a beautiful pousada which bears the name of the village and is rightly considers as one of the finest small properties to stay at in Brazil.

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Pousada Picinguaba Pousada Picinguaba

Pousada Picinguaba lies 30 minutes south of the colonial town of Paraty in a relatively isolated location but it is that location that makes this hotel so very special. The hotel faces the sea and a 3-km long secluded beach. Inside the hotel there are 9 deluxe rooms, one suite and also a private villa and all the accommodation opens out to either the natural surroundings or the sea. Each room has a private balcony and hammock and all the rooms are designed with simplicity in mind.  All are without TV, telephone or internet to provide you with that total escape from the outside world and the totally relaxing break you deserve.

Days 10 – 12 Countryside Fazenda

A private driver will collect you today and transfer you further south towards Sao Paulo and into the rolling hills close to the town of São Luiz do Paraitinga. Here lies a beautiful fazenda set in stunning countryside which is set up to cater to all tastes, whether you want to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity or you are looking for something more adventurous. The numerous activities in the area such as trekking, horse riding, rafting and bird watching mean you will never be short of things to do. What better way to relax than with a caipirinha in hand, watching the sun set over the rolling hills?

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The Fazenda Catuçaba is very much focussed on simple elegance and total peace and harmony and as such there are no TVs or internet access and there is no mobile signal. There are many works of art, produced by the various artists in residence who regularly come to stay at the fazenda for peace and inspiration. The 10 ensuite classic rooms are equipped with king size beds, Egyptian cotton bed linen and unique fireplaces and black stone baths. Their are also private villas ranging from the ‘master’, through rustic to ‘designer’. Many are original buildings from the 1800s, some facing the lake for swimming, or with waterfalls nearby.

Day 13

Following a private transfer to Sao Paulo international airport, today you will wave goodbye to Brazil and board a flight back to the UK after what will have been an unforgettable Brazil holiday.

What’s Included

  • Return international flights to Brazil
  • Private transfers throughout with English speaking drivers
  • A half day tour in Rio de Janeiro to Corcovado including entrance tickets
  • A half day tour in Rio de Janeiro to Sugar Loaf including entrance tickets
  • Return boat trip from Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande
  • Boat trip on Ilha Grande to Lopes Mendes Beach
  • 3 nights at Hotel Porto Bay in Rio de Janeiro in a superior room with breakfast
  • 3 nights at Sagu Mini Resort on Ilha Grande in an ocean view room with breakfast
  • 3 nights at Pousada Picinguaba in Picinguaba in a classic room with breakfast and dinner
  • 3 nights at Fazenda Catuçaba in São Luiz do Paraitinga in a classic room with breakfast and dinner
  • English speaking guides for all tours

Not Included

  • Beverages and meals which are not specified;
  • Phone calls and personal expenses;
  • Travel insurance;
  • * All other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.*

From: £4,330 per person, based on 2 people sharing.

This is a guide price based on the use of standard rooms at low season, all transfers and direct international flights (from Europe).

Please enquire and we will provide a full quote for you.

All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.

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