The Gold Trail to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil, Discovery, 9 days - from £1,995 (land only) - from €2,395 (land only) - from $3,290 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Cunha. A single, timed group transfer is provided from Sao Paulo airport (approx 4hrs). KE Land Only services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast we have a short transfer to the start of the trek. Here we walk on the final section of the Gold Trail down to Paraty. Walking through rainforest and on a path which is still cobbled in sections we arrive at Mameluco Ranch which is a simple refugio where we overnight, or camp we nearby. 6hrs walking.
Day 3: Today we have a short walk to the remote Veados waterfalls which we explore and is a beautiful sight surrounding by the cloud forest. We have lunch back at the ranch and then have the afternoon for further exploration or just relaxing in this beautiful tranquil setting.
Day 4: We leave our ranch and continue along the Gold Trail. This beautiful section takes us through stunning Atlantic forest and along small rivers with orchids, butterflies and macaws squawking in the trees. 5-6hrs walking. At the end of the trail with views over the sea we transfer to Paraty. Overnight in Paraty.
Day 5: This morning we have a historical and cultural tour of Paraty. This interesting town is a UNESCO heritage site along with much of the area within the Atlantic forest in the Serra da Bocaina National Park which we have just walked in. After lunch we board a ferry or catamaran over the turquoise waters to Ilha Grande. Overnight in a Pousada on Ilha Grande.
Day 6: After breakfast on this paradise island we have a boat tour to the Lagoa Azul or Blue Lagoon. The shallow, calm, warm waters here allow us to see millions of tropical fish from the boat and better still whilst snorkelling. After drying off we return to the pousada and have the afternoon free.
Day 7: We take the boat back to Angra dos Reis where we catch the local coach into Rio de Janeiro (approx 2.30hrs). Arriving at lunchtime we have the afternoon free to explore this vibrant city. Overnight hotel in Copacabana, Rio.
Day 8: After breakfast we set off on our full day sightseeing tour of Rio de Janerio. We start off by taking the cable car up onto Sugar Loaf Mountain. After lunch we transfer to Corcovado where we walk and of course take time at the famous Christ The Redeemer statue soaring over the city. Overnight hotel in Copacabana, Rio.
Day 9: KE Land Only services end with breakfast. A single timed transfer is provided from the hotel to Rio de Janeiro airport.