The Costa Verde's main attraction, the coastal village of Parati, is about 180 miles south of Rio de Janeiro. Inhabited since 1660, this small town has remained fundamentally unaltered since its heyday. It was a staging post for 18th-century trade in Brazilian gold from Minas Gerais to Portugal. Raids and pirate attacks necessitated the establishment of a new route linking Minas Gerais directly with Rio de Janeiro. A decline in Parati’s fortunes resulted; being off the beaten track, it remained quietly hidden away. View more
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Discover the verdant natural beauty and attractions of Serra da Bocaina National Park during this memorable half-day, off-road excursion.
After tendering ashore, a short walk takes you to the parking area, from where you set out in a 4X4 vehicle for the scenic drive along the Gold Trail. En route, learn about its historic legacy.
Your first stop is at the exquisite Pedra Branca Waterfall, the White Stones Waterfall, known as one of the most beautiful in Paraty. Have time for a swim if you wish.
Your drive continues on with a visit to the Pedra Branca Distillery. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the distillery; observe the artesian production process and sample organic 'cachaça', a typical Brazilian spirit made from sugar cane.
Next, re-board your 4X4 for the drive to visit Tobogao Waterfalls and the Gold Trail, the paved road built by African slaves in the 18th Century to bring gold and precious stones out of the Brazilian interior and onto ships bound for Portugal.
Your tour concludes with a photo stop at the Exhibition of Bromeliads, where you can view and photograph more than 300 beautiful plant species. Following your visit, re-board your 4X4 vehicle for the approximate 30-minute return drive to the tender pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, and driving in an off-road vehicle over surfaces that can be bumpy and uneven. This tour is not suitable for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The tour sequence may vary. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and light-weight cotton clothing. Sun protection and insect repellent are essential. Walking is on uneven ground which can be muddy if it rains. This tour is geared for guests who are looking for an off-the-beaten-path excursion. Wear your swimsuit under a cover up in case you decide to take a swim at the Tarzã waterfall. Participation is limited. The 4x4's used are not air-conditioned.
Internationally acclaimed Brazilian Chef Yara Roberts is well known in the arena of international chefs. Graduating from Boston University School of Culinary Arts, she also holds degrees from the Sorbonne and the École du Louvre. She was teaching at the Brazilian Academy of Cooking before moving to Paraty with her photographer husband, Richard Barclay Roberts.
She has been featured in UltraTravel and the New York Times. She is currently producing her own TV series with filmmaker Vivian Mester called Delicious Brazil, a show about culture and lifestyles utilising food as the medium.
Also the author of 'The Brazilian Table' a Julia Child First Book Award finalist and a finalist for the Gourmand International Cookbook Award, which is also featured on Amazon.com.
Meet your guide on the pier for the approximate one-hour walk and tour to Master Chef Yara Roberts's private home through the old historical district of Parati for this exciting hands-on cooking demonstration.
Being one of Brazil's most forthright advocates of its lifestyle and cuisine, during the demonstration you will be taking an intimate look at the regions of Minas Gerais, the Amazon and Bahia from a food perspective, providing a cultural lesson on the regions and their unique foods, along with learning cooking techniques and professional cooking tips.
Following the demonstration enjoy a special lunch and refreshments before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking on cobbled streets. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protection. Remember to bring your camera. This tour is not refundable once booked.
Explore a few of the 65 beautiful islands and beaches of Paraty during this swimming and snorkelling excursion to Vermelha Beach and Comprida Island.
Depart the pier aboard a partially-shaded, two-mast schooner for the approximate 45-minute ride to Vermelha Beach, an idyllic paradise brimming with lush vegetation. During your 40-minute visit, you can relax and sunbathe on the beach, take a stroll along the shore, or go swimming and snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters.
Next, embark the boat and continue on to Comprida Island, or 'Ilha Comprida'. This lovely island is renowned as a natural aquarium, especially when the crew drops rice in the water besides the boat. This attracts an abundance of fish, which then surround the boat and the people diving; an ideal photo opportunity. Your visit to Comprida Island also offers excellent swimming and snorkelling.
The boat offers security and comfort, and is partially shaded. Tropical fruit is served during the tour. Following your 40-minute visit to Comprida Island, embark your boat for the approximate 45-minute return ride to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity, and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel from the ship. Guests are advised to use caution when embarking/disembarking the boat.
Explore the history, architecture and splendid landmarks of Paraty during this scenic and informative walking tour through the city.
Unlike other Colonial cities, a unique blend of 18th-century architecture has earned Paraty its status as a UNESCO Historic National Monument and Historic Patrimony. Paraty is also renowned as a natural patrimony, as 65 percent of the town is located inside Serra da Bocaina National Park.
Depart the pier for a guided walking tour through Paraty. Along the way, your guides will inform you about the legends and history of the last century during visits to the city's churches, museum and old houses. The tour is ideal for pictures and videos. Refreshments are served during the tour.
Following your walking tour, return to the pier on-foot.
Please note: This is a walking tour and involves walking over cobbled surfaces and periods of standing. This programme is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. Remember to bring your camera. Churches might be closed without previous notice.