The Atlantic Rainforest stands as a tropical paradise stretching all along the brazillian east coast.
If you decide to explore this exuberant vegetation just plan a trip from north to south and you will see the Atlantic Rainforest pretty much all the way.
You will find more than a thousand species of birds, 261 different mammals,197 reptiles and 350 types of fishes. Some of the trees are 60m high and the top of them mix up in a way that the light barely goes through.
The climate is hot and humid with high temperatures throughout the year and it rains considerably in the region.
Recognized as a global biodiversity hotspot, the green area once had more than a million km2. Unfortunately today we have only 52 thousand km2 left which means 5% to 7% from the original Rainforest. This is due to the massive destruction that started in the 16th century with Pau Brasil, the national tree of the country to which it gave its name. Now this place contains a large number of highly endangered species.
But this is still a good place for outdoor activities like trekking, biking, birdwatching, snorkeling, scuba-diving and kayaking.
Attention to some gorgeous beaches and islands: Ubatuba, Ilhabela, Paraty, Ilha Grande and Rio de Janeiro.
Visiting a nice environmental project is a must in Brazil so keep Nucleo Picinguaba in mind. But remember: this is only the start to make your stay in Brazil worthy!
Amazing views, secluded beaches and the mixed Brazilian culture, that’s what you will find in the Atlantic Rainforest. The way from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is one of the most charming and scenic trips that can be done in Brazil. Those states are connected by a highway which goes alongside the Atlantic Ocean, the Rio-Santos / BR-101. This highway provides the opportunity to perform different activities and sports, like diving, snorkeling, hiking, surfing, kayaking, biking and sailing. Besides feeling the nature, you will get in touch with local people and the real local culture. Passing by historical sites and colonial towns, like Paraty, you will be able to become an expert in Brazilian history.
Satisfy your curiosity for art, gastronomy, history and culture in a region of interesting surprises developed over the centuries. Take a trip into the colonial period, the coffee age and the history of colonization of Brazil. The influences of European countries in our culture can be seen in architecture and culinary. You will understand this when our guides start telling you all about the history behind it. This region has an amazing and diversified fauna and flora. Here you can find many species of birds, flowers, vegetation, reptiles and others. With an extensive knowledge, we offer original itineraries providing all the information needed, as well as safety equipment and experienced tour guides. High quality is what you are looking for. High quality is something we can guarantee you.
One of the most spetacular places of the Atlantic Rainforest, with dense vegetation, wild birds and natural pools. Excellent spot for outdoor activities like tree top canopy, trekking and kayaking. This park is 150 km away from São Paulo and presents the best of Serra do Mar (mountain range) landscape.
Located 210km from São Paulo City, a beautiful landscape surround this island, a hotspot for all kinds of tourists. It is the best option in São Paulo North Shore for water sports and walking trails.
Ilhabela is known by the Brazilians as the Capital of Sailing. The downtown of the village is a very charming place and offers different options for food, shopping and activities. There are attractions all over the island. In the south side of the island there are some nice beaches like Praia do Curral, Praia do Veloso and Praia do Bonete which one are accessed only by a 5 hours hiking trail or by boat. Bonete is a great spot for surfing. There are also beautiful waterfalls. In the north you can reach beaches like Jabaquara, Praia da Fome and also some spots for hiking. In the east side you can reach by a 4x4 wheel drive the beach of Castelhanos, a hidden beach which has some restaurants and is very beautiful. There you can get the trail to the Cachoeira dos Gatos.
Attractions of the Ilhabela
Praia dos Castelhanos
It is a nice and calm beach in Ilhabela, it is located 26km away from the downtown. It is reached by a 4wd, bike or by a long hiking trail. The transfer in a 4wd is a nice ride, passing trough a mud road where normal cars can't go trough. This beach is also looked for by surfers due to its good beach break waves.
There are options for lunch or just for a caipirinha. Its rustic restaurants offers typical food and their specialty are fishes and sea food.
If you want some little adventure you can get a trail to reach the Cachoeira do Gato.
Cachoeira do Gato
This waterfall is located inside Ilhabela State park and is reached by a trail starting in Castelhanos. This hiking takes up to 40 minutes. It is and 80 meters waterfall in a hidden paradise inside a dense Atlantic Rainforest. You can go by yourself but we highly recommended you to be accompanied by a guide all the time.
Praia do Bonete
This is a rustic fishermen village with many artisans producing rich art craft. Located at the south side of Ilhabela, Bonete is a secluded beach unlikely to be too crowed even when surf is up. There are two ways to reach it: By boat or by a trail inside the forest which is not very easy and takes around 4 hours walking. Its clear waters and white sands turns this place into areal hidden paradise.
Ilha das Couves
This is a famous spot for scuba diving in Ubatuba. This place shows an interesting and diversified sea life. An island with clear waters and a small beach also provides a trail inside the forest which takes to the other side of the island. It is part of the Arquipelagos das Couves which is formed by other 5 islands.
Besides scuba-diving this island is a good spot for bird watching.
Located on the southeast coast of São Paulo, it is located between the Atlantic ocean and the Serra do Mar Mountains. The Serra do Mar State park covers 83% of the city that receives tourists from all over the country. Ubatuba is also kown as the Brazilian Capital of the Surf. The waves are famous around the world. Spots like Itamambuca, Praia do Felix and Praia Vermelha do Norte makes this the Surf City. Ubatuba has an important tool against the degradation of the Atlantic Rainforest, is the Núclueo Picinguaba.
Attractions of the Ubatuba
Projeto Ambiental do Núcleo Picinguaba
Locate in Ubatuba this is an important environmental project for those who want to learn more about the Atlantic Rainforest. It is a governmental project that has been developed a few years ago, intending to protect and preserve the Atlantic Rainforest. The headquarter of the National Park of Serra do Mar is Picinguaba. There you will get to know all the history and what is protected by the project, and learn how important it is to preserve what the nature gave to us. There you can get also some information about places to visit around the Park. Places like hidden beaches, waterfalls, mangroves and trails trough the rainforest. You can hire a local guide to take you to some of these spots.
Casa de Farinha
This place is located in Ubatuba and holds a lot of history and culture as it was built by the Italians in the last century for producing sugar and flour.
Mr. Zé Pedro and his family have the responsibility of maintaining and taking care of the Flour House. They are directly descendents of African slaves who worked in Brazil. Mr. Zé Pedro has the knowledge for operating this archaic machinery to produce flour from maniocs.
Quilombo do Campinho
Located in Paraty, the Quilombo is a Brazilian hinterland settlement for slaves founded by Quilombolas during colonization. A place to enjoy a good Brazilian meal, the Feijoada. It’s a cultural heritage where the families keep the costumes and almost the same way of life as the ancient slaves who came to Brazil from Africa to work in coffee and sugarcane plantations. There’s a show of a traditional African
dance called Jongo where the community sing together ancient lyrics with everybody clapping hands following the rhythm.
A Brazilian Imperial town and a popular tourist place. Tourists can enjoy natural beauties and learn about brazilian culture and enjoying the view of the historic buildings.Get read for a city tour visiting a lot of gift shops where we can buy some souvenirs and local handcrafted art.
Saco do Mamanguá
Saco do Mamanguá is the only fiord in Brazil. The only access to it is trough the ocean since there are no ways to get there from the coast. This place keeps the way of life of the Brazilian fishermen called caiçaras. Paddling trough these waters is a remarkable experience. Mr. Dico a real caiçara will teach you how to make the local handcrafted art made from wood. You can also enjoy a good typical meal at the house of Mr. Orlando, another local caiçara. The fiord ends up in a mangrove, filled with colorful crabs and bird species. There you will get to know an amazing secret spot with a beautiful small waterfall.
This paradise also provides remote beaches which are perfect places for snorkeling and swimming.
There are plenty of options of activities. You can get a trail to the local Pão de Açucar(not the one in Rio de Janeiro) where you are viewer of a amanzing view over all the fiord.The moutains around this place hides a lot of trails which conects all beaches. There are different levels of activities, since the most easy to the most hard.
The third biggest island in Brazil with 106 wonderful beaches, waterfalls, walking trails all surrounded by a dense Atlantic Rainforest. Most divers go there for the calm and warm waters as well as a great sealife and sunken ships to explore. Some beaches are good for surfing. Ilha Grande holds a history of important people that once lived there like communist Olga Benário and writer Graciliano Ramos. Vila do Abraão is the main entrance for the island. For the most adventurous persons, there is the option of padling around the island. It is very intense and is for those who are more experienced. This expedition takes around 5 days.
Rio de Janeiro
The city used to be the brazilian capital for more than 2 centuries. Famous for its natural beauties like Corcovado and Pão de Açúcar. Traditional carnival takes place here with a lot of tourists comingo to town very year. Don´t miss out on visiting the statue of Christ The Reedemer, one of the seven wonders of the world or spending a night out at Lapa District where very talented musicians playing live Brazilian music. Click here to get more information about things to do in Rio de Janeiro.