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Kayak Camping Expedition | Paraty Explorer

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Kayak Camping Expedition

On this challenging 5-day Kayak Camping Expedition we'll paddle approximately 100km along the one of the most remote and untouched stretches of the beautiful Costa Verde.

Price on Inquiry | 5 days, 4 nights | Challenging

Kayak Camping Expedition Highlights 

Explore Mamangua, Paraty's 'Tropical Fjord' and get ready for the open sea.

On this 5 day Kayak Camping Expedition, we paddle from Paraty to Camburi in the neighbouring municipality of Ubatuba.

Leaving Pontal Beach in Paraty we paddle the protected waters of the bay of Paraty to the famous Saco do Mamanguá, where we spend 02 nights. On these days we have time to review and practice rescue techniques before venturing out into rougher seas.

Paddling in open sea around the Juatinga Point.

On the third day, following the coast of the Juatinga peninsula, we arrive at Pouso de Cajaiba village. From this point, providing Mother Nature allows us, we will pass the Juatinga point and head into open sea. If everything goes well, we arrive in Ponta Negra village or Sono beach at the end of the day. In the final stretch, we paddle to Camburi Beach where the expedition finishes.

In one of his interviews, the Brazilian adventurer and transatlantic rower, Amyr Klink has commented: “I think Joatinga is more dangerous than the Cape Horn itself”. It may be an exaggeration, but certainly Ponta da Joatinga (or Juatinga) needs to be approached with respect, local knowledge and rigorous planning.

Juatinga Point by Kayak | Paraty Explorer
Camping in Mamangua | Paraty Explorer

Camp on remote golden sandy beaches and enjoy delicious Caiçara cuisine.

On this roots camping expedition we will spend the nights in tents (or sleeping in hammocks!) on the beautiful beaches of the region. Each day we start very early, preferably at sunrise, to be able to guarantee the day’s mileage in the best possible sea conditions. In the evening, we enjoy the excellent Caiçara cuisine – seafood, rice, beans, manioc flour and salad – while going over the next day’s paddling plans.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Route

We'll paddle approximately 100km along the one of the most remote and untouched stretches of the beautiful Costa Verde.

Reviews

Exceptional. If you're the kind of traveller who likes to scratch beneath the surface of a place, get a different perspective, and maybe some adventure thrown in, then this is for you. I took a 6 day/5 night sea kayak trip which began in the sheltered bay of Paraty and went on to explore the Mamangua Fjord and the coastline beyond. On shorter paddle days we hiked to the Saco do Mamangua peak and to a wild beach at Martim de Sá. There were changes of pace throughout the trip - one morning we swam in and scrambled up a waterfall and in the afternoon had time to drift quietly and observe wildlife in the mangroves. The guides are flexible, and thanks to the support boat, you can make this trip as challenging or as easy-going as you would like. Accommodation at the overnight stops was excellent, as were the meals provided en route.

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Tour Details

Price

Price on Inquiry. Discounts for those who bring their own kayak.

Schedule

Departs at 9am from the Paraty Explorer Base on Pontal Beach

Duration

5 days, 4 nights

Difficulty

Challenging. We paddle approximately 4-6 hours a day. Not suitable for Beginners

Group Size

Minimum of 4 people; Maximum 12 people

  • What route can I take?
    For experienced Kayakers you can define the route and duration within our guidelines. We recommend a 03 day itinerary based on our 3 day Mamanguá Kayaking tour, one of Brazil's classic sea kayak trips.
  • What do I need to bring on the Kayak Tour?
    Water - Minimum 1.5L Cash Swimsuit (shorts/ bikini) Sunglasses UV long-sleeved rashvest Hat Sunscreen Snack Repellent Camera
  • What route does the Kayak Tour take?
    Kayak tour on the flat waters of the bay of Paraty stopping at one or two beaches and paddling through the mangrove on the way back, providing the tide is high enough. Route may change depending on the daily weather/tide.
  • What's Included in the Kayak Tour?
    Stable double sea kayaks to ensure your safety and fun. Lifejackets (mandatory use) to fit everyone, including small sizes for younger children State registered, English speaking tour guides with American Canoe Association (ACA) training. Dry bags for storing phones and other things you dont want to get wet.
  • Where does the tour depart from?
    Pontal Beach - next to Lapinha kiosk - the last one on the beach. https://goo.gl/maps/DmMVXS4SfeoBMNQ37
  • Are there any age requirements for the tour?
    12 years old plus for the regular tour. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For families with young children (from 5 years old) we recommend a private tour.
  • How are the tour route conditions?
    The trail is mostly downhill on very uneven surfaces. Not accessible to wheelchair users and not suitable for people with back and knee problems
  • Are there any age requirements for the Gold Trail Tour?
    Tour is open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • What do I need to bring on the Gold Trail Tour?
    Water - minimum 1L, Cash or card for lunch Comfortable shoes for walking Hat Sunglasses Swimsuit Rain gear Sunscreen Snack Repellent
  • Where does the tour depart from?
    Pickup by car at tour Paraty Accommodation at 9am
  • What is the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • What's not included in the tour?
    Lunch Drinks Personal expenses.
  • What do I need to bring on the Mamangua Sugarloaf Peak Hike?
    Water - minimum 1.5L Light clothes comfortable walking shoes or trainers Bring/wear swim stuff for after the hike. Rain gear Sunscreen Hat Sunglasses Snacks (no restaurants on route) Repellent Cash/Card for lunch
  • What's Included in the Tour?
    Fastboat return from Paraty tourism pier to Mamangua English speaking guide
  • What's the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • How are the tour route conditions?
    This is an intensely steep hike on an uneven trail through the Atlantic Forest. Not accessible to wheelchair users and not suitable for people with back and/or knee problems.
  • Are there any age requirements for the tour?
    For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult (50% discount for children under 14).
  • What is the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • What do I need to bring on the Melancia Falls Hike?
    Water - minimum 1.5L Light clothes Comfortable walking shoes or trainers Swimsuit Rain gear Sunscreen Hat Sunglasses Snacks (no restaurants on route) Repellent Cash/Card
  • How are the tour route conditions?
    Hiking trail through the forest on uneven terrain, with no road access. Not accessible to wheelchair users and not suitable for people with back and knee problems.
  • Are there any age requirements for the tour?
    For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult (50% discount for children under 14).
  • What's Included in the Tour?
    Transport to the trailhead English speaking guide
  • How big is the boat?
    The boats can take groups of up to 10 people comfortably. For larger groups we have more spacious boats.
  • What's Included in the Tour?
    ✅ Included in the tour Cooler with ice cubes Experienced local Boatman Floaters Mask and Snorkel Seasonal fruits ❌Not included in the tour Car transportation to the pier Meals
  • What do I need to bring on the Boat Tour?
    Light clothes Swimsuit Sunscreen Hat Sunglasses Cash/Card
  • What is the minimum age for this tour?
    For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Where does the tour depart from?
    The Tourism Pier https://maps.app.goo.gl/HEyGvkaYZUpA4wAv5
  • What is the sea temperature like?
    Swimmable all year! The average year round sea temperature is over 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Celsius).
  • What is the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • What route does the tour take?
    We usually make 4 stops. 2 stops at islands and 2 stops at beaches. But as a private tour you can decide with the captain on the day. See the itinerary above for some of our recommendations.
  • Are there any age requirements for the Kayak Course?
    Minimum age is 14 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For families we recommend private courses - contact us for more info.
  • Where does the course take place?
    The Kayak Course takes place on the flat, warm waters of the Bay of Paraty. We will paddle approximately 4-5 hours with breaks in between, stopping at islands and beaches for theory and onland demonstration and practice. We will also paddle the mangrove, providing the tide is high enough.
  • What do I need to bring on the Kayak Course?
    Water - Minimum 1.5L Cash Swimsuit (shorts/ bikini) Sunglasses UV long-sleeved rashvest Hat Sunscreen Snacks for lunch Repellent Camera We provide dry bags for phones.
  • Do I need to have previous kayaking experience to take the course?
    No previous kayaking experience is required for the ACA level 2 course! We will begin with the basics and build your skill set and confidence. We paddle for 4 to 5 hours during the day with plenty of breaks. To get the most out of the course you should be fairly fit and comfortable swimming or floating (with lifejacket) in deep water.
  • What is the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • What is the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • What do I need to bring on the City Tour?
    Cash/Card Comfortable shoes for walking Rain gear or umbrella (if appropriate)
  • What route does the tour take?
    We will be walking on uneven terrain through the historic Old Town Centre of Paraty.
  • Where does the tour depart from?
    CIT - The Tourist Information Center. https://maps.app.goo.gl/EfnUjnor7vvxFPmU7
  • What is the minimum age for this tour?
    For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • What is the minimum age for this tour?
    18 years or older. Contact us for private Family tours to include younger participants.
  • What is the accommodation like?
    Lodge-based tour. Bed Sheets and Towels included. Electric warm water showers, sockets for charging electrical appliances. Limited internet/ Wi-Fi connection.
  • What do I need to bring on the Tropical Fjord Kayak Trip?
    Sunglasses Sunscreen Long sleeve rash vests Wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap Flashlight/ Torch/ headlamp Insect repellent and after bite treatment Trail/running shoes for hiking Waterproof sandals or flip flops Light jacket or fleece Pullover/ jumper – if travelling from May to Sept. Rain gear Daypack 25l Swimsuit Evening wear (sweats or long pants) Sleepwear Cash
  • What's Included in the Tour?
    ✅ Included in the tour 02 nights accommodation in cabins with breakfast 02 dinners 03 lunches (snack style) All kayak equipment Registered Tour Guide with experience in sea kayaking Drinking water ❌Not included in the tour Drinks and personal expenses.
  • What route does the tour take?
    03 day itinerary, subject to changes to ensure the enjoyment and safety of participants. The itinerary will depend on the weather (mainly the wind), sea conditions (tide, swell, currents), and the disposition of the participants! Day 01: Paraty to Mamanguá Day 02: Mamanguá - Hike to the Sugarloaf and paddle to the mangrove/waterfalls Day 03: Mamanguá to Paraty
  • What type of equipment do you provide?
    We provide all kayak equipment - individual or double sea kayaks (86cm x 47cm cockpits), paddles (imported), lifejackets (mandatory use), spraydecks/ skirts, waterproof bags (2 x 30l per person). Discounts for those who bring their own kayak. You'll also be accompanied by an accredited tour guide specialised in kayaking with safety and rescue training from the ACA (American Canoe Association).
  • What is the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • Where does the tour depart from?
    9am at Pontal Beach - next to Lapinha kiosk - the last one on the beach. https://goo.gl/maps/DmMVXS4SfeoBMNQ37
  • What do I need to bring on the Saco Bravo Waterfall Hike?
    Water - Minimum of 1.5L per day (can be purchased on route) Sunglasses Sunscreen Hat or baseball cap Flashlight/ Torch/ headlamp, Insect repellent, Trail/running shoes for hiking Waterproof sandals or flip flops Light jacket or fleece Pullover/ jumper – if travelling from May to Sept Rain gear Daypack 25l Swimsuit Evening wear (sweats or long pants) Sleepwear. Cash
  • What is the accommodation like?
    Cottages with hot water showers, sockets for charging electrical appliances. Bed sheets and towels provided. Limited Wi-Fi connection in the village.
  • What is the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • What is the route like?
    Route is subject to changes to ensure fun and safety for participants. The itinerary will depend on the weather (mainly the wind), sea conditions (tide, waves, currents), and the disposition of the participants. 02 day itinerary. Day 01: Paraty - Laranjeiras - Sono Beach - Ponta Negra Day 02: Ponta Negra - Saco Bravo Waterfall - Ponta Negra - Paraty
  • What is the minimum age for this tour?
    For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult (50% discount for children under 14 years old).
  • What's Included in the Tour?
    ✅ Included in the tour 01 night accommodation in shared room in cottage with breakfast 01 dinner Taxi boat from Ponta Negra back to Laranjeiras on Day 02 State-registered hiking Tour Guide with experience in trekking and first aid training in remote areas (NOLS, ASHI). ❌Not included in the tour Lunches / Snacks on the Trail, Transportation to and from the beginning of the trail in Laranjeiras. (about 30 mins drive from Paraty) Drinks and personal expenses.
  • What do I need to bring on the Costa Verde Kayak Trip?
    Sunglasses Sunscreen Long sleeve rash vests, Wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap Flashlight/ Torch/ headlamp, Insect repellent, Trail/running shoes for hiking Waterproof sandals or flip flops Light jacket or fleece Pullover/ jumper – if travelling from May to Sept Rain gear Daypack 25l Swimsuit Evening wear (sweats or long pants) Sleepwear. Cash
  • What is the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • What type of equipment do you provide?
    We provide all kayak equipment - individual or double sea kayaks (86cm x 47cm cockpits), paddles (imported), lifejackets (mandatory use), spraydecks/ skirts, waterproof bags (2 x 30l per person). Discounts for those who bring their own kayak.
  • What route does the tour take?
    02 day itinerary, subject to changes to ensure the enjoyment and safety of participants. The itinerary will depend on the weather (mainly the wind), sea conditions (tide, swell, currents), and the disposition of the participants! Day 01: Paraty - South Side of Paraty Bay - Vermelha Beach Day 02: Vermelha Beach - North side of Paraty Bay - Paraty
  • What's Included in the Tour?
    ✅ Included in the tour 01 night accommodation with breakfast 01 dinner 02 lunches All kayak equipment State-registered Tour Guide with experience in sea kayaking Drinking water. ❌Not included in the tour Drinks and personal expenses.
  • What is the minimum age for this tour?
    For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For families we recommend private tours - contact us for more info.
  • What is the accommodation like?
    With bar / restaurant, electric showers, sockets for charging electrical appliances. Bed linen and towels provided. Good cel phone reception/ No Wi-Fi.
  • What do I need to bring on the Kayak Camping Trip?
    Tent or sleeping hammock Sleeping bag Sunglasses Sunscreen Long sleeve rash vests, Wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap Flashlight/ Torch/ headlamp, Insect repellent and after bite treatment Trail/running shoes for hiking Waterproof sandals or flip flops Light jacket or fleece Pullover/ jumper – if travelling from May to Sept Rain gear Daypack 25l Swimsuit Evening wear (sweats or long pants) Sleepwear. Cash
  • What is the accommodation like?
    Camping sites with basic structure. In some places we will have electric showers, sockets to charge electrical appliances. Cel phone coverage good, little/no Wi-Fi.
  • What's Included in the Tour?
    ✅ Included in the tour 04 nights camping with breakfast 04 dinners 05 lunches (snack style) All kayak equipment State-registered Tour Guide with experience in sea kayaking, and safety and rescue training from the American Canoe Association (ACA) Drinking water ❌Not included in the tour Drinks and personal expenses. Tents
  • What type of equipment do you provide?
    We provide all kayak equipment - individual or double sea kayaks (86cm x 47cm cockpits), paddles (imported), lifejackets (mandatory use), spraydecks/ skirts, waterproof bags (2 x 30l per person). Discounts for those who bring their own kayak.
  • What route does the tour take?
    05 day itinerary, subject to changes to ensure the enjoyment and safety of participants. The itinerary will depend on the weather (mainly the wind), sea conditions (tide, swell, currents), and the disposition of the participants! Day 01: Paraty to Mamanguá Day 02: Mamanguá Day 03: Mamanguá to Praia Grande da Cajaíba. Day 04: Praia Grande da Cajaíba to Ponta Negra Day 05: Ponta Negra to Camburi
  • What is the Postponement and Cancellation Policy?
    In case of bad weather you can switch to another tour, postpone or cancel.
  • Do I need previous sea kayaking experience for this tour?
    This is a challenging expedition of approximately 100km, so it is not suitable for beginners. This trip is for paddlers with experience of open water conditions, trained in assisted rescue and used to paddling in the Surf Zone.
  • What is the minimum age for this tour?
    Participants must be 18 years or older.
  • Are there any age requirements for the Kayak Course?
    Minimum age is 14 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For families we recommend private courses - contact us for more info.
  • What is the accommodation like?
    Guesthouse accommodation close to the historic old town centre (2 nights with breakfast) House with pool & BBQ area. Rates based on 2 people sharing. Bed linen and towels provided. Fast Wi-Fi.
  • What's Included in the Course?
    ✅ Included in the tour 02 nights accommodation 02 breakfasts All sea kayak equipment rental (individual kayak, lifejacket, paddle, spraydeck); ACA (American Canoe Association) certified Kayak Instructor state-registered Tour Guide ACA course participation certificate. ❌Not included in the tour Meals (excluding breakfast) Drinks Personal expenses.
  • What do I need to bring on the Kayak Course?
    Water - Minimum 1.5L Snacks for lunch Sunglasses Sunscreen Long sleeve rash vests Wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap Insect repellent and after bite treatment Waterproof sandals or flip flops Light jacket or fleece Pullover/ jumper – if travelling from May to Sept. Rain gear Swim stuff Drybag
  • Are any meals provided?
    Breakfast: Breakfast included on both days Lunch: Each participant takes his or her own picnic lunch/ snacks on both days (supermarket nearby for shopping). Dinner: At the end of the first day we have a BBQ by the pool at the accommodation (we split the shopping bill).
  • What do I need to bring?
    Tent or sleeping hammock Sleeping bag Sunglasses Sunscreen Long sleeve rash vests, Wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap Flashlight/ Torch/ headlamp, Insect repellent and after bite treatment Trail/running shoes for hiking Waterproof sandals or flip flops Light jacket or fleece Pullover/ jumper – if travelling from May to Sept Rain gear Daypack 25l Swimsuit Evening wear (sweats or long pants) Sleepwear. Cash
  • Is it possible to camp on the beaches in Paraty?
    Wild camping is not allowed in protected areas. However, there are some authorized camp sites with basic facilities in the local caiçara villages along the coast.
  • What is included in the rental price?
    We supply all kayak equipment – single ocean kayak or double ocean kayak (86cm x 47cm cockpits), paddles (imported: Werner, Bending Branches), life jackets (mandatory use), skirts, waterproof bags (2 x 30l per person), pumps, tow ropes. We'll also help you plan your trip and give you tips on where to go and stay.
  • Are there any age requirements for renting a kayak?
    Minimum 18 years or older, remembering that we only rent to groups with experienced paddlers.
  • Do I need previous kayaking experience?
    We consider the experience of the paddlers in your group, the experience of the group leader (the person responsible for the expedition) and the level of difficulty of the itinerary. If you have little or no sea kayaking experience we recommend a guided multiday trip.
  • Which route should I take?
    You define the route and duration with our guidelines. We recommend a 03 day course based on our 3 day Mamanguá Kayaking tour, the classic paddle of Brazil.
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