Atlantic Forest By 4-Wheel Drive
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Tour Code: PTI-002
Discover the peaceful splendor of nature as you tour the Serra da Bocaina and view the cascading water falls and luxuriant green landscape of this lasting Atlantic Forest. From the Paraty pier, a short walk brings you to the parking area where your 4-wheel drive adventure commences. During your drive through this impressive forest, you will have direct contact with its wonderful natural attractions which include the beauty of Paraty's flora and one of the biggest trees found in the region, named Jequitibá. You might also see plants such as Brazilian bamboo and Bromeliads, along with many other varieties native to the area.
Your first stop will be at the exhibition of the former Gold trail where you will become acquainted with the history of the Gold trail. From here, your experienced guide will lead you on a hike up to the Tobogã waterfall, which is well-known by local residents who make use of a slippery rock here to take an adrenaline charged slide down into the waters below. Your hike will then continue on to the Tarzã waterfall, a favorite spot for swimming.
Following your hike in the forest, you'll re-join your jeep for a drive to Engenho D'ouro, a privately owned distillery that produces cachaça, a typical Brazilian rum made out of sugar cane. During your visit you will have the opportunity to taste a variety of cachaça and observe the artesian process that is used to produce the rum.
Your final stop is at the Bromeliads exhibitions park which houses more than 300 species of beautiful plants. After a relaxing visit at the park, you will be transferred back to the pier where you can choose to take the tender back to the ship or explore on your own the quaint streets and shops of Paraty.
Please note: This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. There is approximately 1 hour of walking over uneven surfaces and some inclines to negotiate. Light trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, comfortable walking shoes or boots and insect repellant are recommended.