The Gold Trail to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Discover an enchanting corner of Brazil
- Walk for 3 days on the Gold Trail through the Atlantic rainforest
- Visit the colonial city of Paraty
- Boat trip and time on the parardise island of Ilha Grande
- See the best of Rio de Janeiro
In the 18th Century, the Portuguese established a ‘Gold Trail' along which slaves carried gold and diamonds from the interior to the coast. Just west of Rio de Janeiro, in the coastal mountains of the Serra da Bocaina, our holiday begins with 3 days of walking on a section of this trail which is still paved in places. Untouched for generations, the Atlantic forest here displays a wealth of orchids, butterflies, macaws and cascading waterfalls. Reaching the sea at the colonial city of Paraty, nestled between pristine coves, we take a boat trip to Ilha Grande, where we can enjoy the clear warm waters and relax in the sunshine. As a fitting end to this holiday of discovery, our city tour in Rio de Janeiro will include the mighty statue of Christ the Redeemer, the rocky peak of Sugarloaf, as well as the famous beaches of Ipaneme and Copacabana. Brazil at its best!
Is this holiday for you?
It is principally a touring holiday with just 3 days of some easy to moderate walking. On 2 nights we will stay in a simple cabin/refugio or camp. The walk is through the Atlantic forest which might be humid and wet. The rest of the holiday enjoys time sightseeing, along with a boat trip to Ilha Grande. Transfers are mainly in private vehicle with the exception of the 3hr journey to Rio de Janeiro which is in a public bus.