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Costa Verde

Visit Costa Verde


Costa Verde - the Green Coast - stretches from Mangaratibe, just south of Rio de Janeiro, to São Sebastião in São Paulo state. The steep, rainforest-clad Serra do Mar mountains rise up dramatically from the emerald sea, pristine sandy beaches and sleepy coastal towns and villages of the Costa Verde. It's a world away from the pulsating concrete streets of Rio de Janeiro and, easily tied into a tailor-made holiday of southeast Brazil. As such, the Green Coast is the perfect place to soothe your bones after the kick of the Rio Carnival.

Costa Verde has lots to see and do. Angra dos Reis is a busy port and the first stop on the route south from Rio. From here, ferries head out to the nearby islands of Ilha da Gipóia and Ilha Grande, two of the region's most majestic and beautiful islands. Inland is the Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, Brazil's oldest national park and a magnificent natural playground where brown capuchin monkeys swing above the forested trails and over 350 bird species - many endangered - flutter about the skies.

Another popular stop-off is Paraty, one of Brazil's most spectacular colonial towns, known for its whitewashed buildings topped with terracotta roofs, and annual literary festival.


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Top itineraries in Costa Verde

Ilha Grande Island, Brazil, South America

Brazil's Green Coast and waterfalls

12-day tailor-made holiday from £3,430 pp incl. flights

Combine the very best of Brazil's cities, beaches and natural world, from Rio – the home of Carnival – to the golden sands of Ilha Grande, historic Paraty and the crashing torrents of Iguazu Falls.

Where to go in Costa Verde

Ilha Grande Island, Brazil, South America

Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a small, sparkling island off the Costa Verde. It's easily reached by ferry from the mainland port of Angra dos Reis and is regarded as one of southeast Brazil's most majestic islands - largely undisturbed and topographically spectacular.

Port in Angra dos Reis, Brazil

Angra dos Reis

Angra dos Reis is situated on a scenic bay on the Costa Verde, to the west of Rio de Janeiro. For many, Angra dos Reis is the gateway to the Green Coast, which stretches southwest of here.

Paraty, state Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Paraty is one of Brazil's best-preserved colonial towns. Situated towards the western end of the Costa Verde, it was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century and acted as a principal port for the shipping of gold to Europe.

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