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10 Days Island Discovery Yoga Retreat in Brazil

  • Rio de Janeiro - Ilha Grande - Paraty

Overview

Wellness Adventure and Yoga Retreat Brazil

Cruise along the Costa Verde, the green coast for an amazing yoga adventure tour in luscious yoga adventure style, and enjoy spectacular views and some coastal wonders on the island discovery tour. Authentic locations will provide the tranquility to enjoy Brazils natural and cultural splendor. Experience and explore the stunning and breathtaking paradise of Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande, and Paraty in this amazing adventure retreat.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Full day schooner boat trip
  • Visit the world famous city of Rio de Janeiro
  • Experience the cultural oasis unique ocean view of Paraty region
  • Explore the tropical island paradise of Ilha Grande
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Local transportation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodations are in comfortable, locally operated guesthouses 'pousadas', which are selected for their quality, originality, and compatibility with the philosophy of ecological and sustainable travel of Green Stone Journeys. The locations include an exclusive beach property on Ilha Grande with a forest backdrop and beach view and the location near Paraty is a unique guesthouse with gorgeous simplicity and natural elegance, in a small fishing town with ocean views.

Accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone, you will be paired with another traveler in the group of the same sex. Depending on the number of people on the tour, you may have a single room in which case we do not charge a single supplement. A single supplement tour option is available.

Enjoy a wellness adventure while you visit two hotspots of Ilha Grande and Paraty to calm your senses and inspire any ocean lover with daily yoga classes for all levels.

Yoga classes

There will be two daily yoga classes, a morning and evening class, based on the schedule and arrangements of the daily itinerary. The yoga classes are a mixture of Hatha, Vinyasa flow, and Iyengar combining relaxation, physical postures, and some meditation. The classes vary and are adjusted to the level of each student in the group. Beginners are welcome.

During the classes, you are encouraged to not go beyond your own comfort level. As a yoga practitioner, it is your responsibility to take control of your own wellness and flexibility during each yoga class. You should remember that it is not the stamina or flexibility that creates the experience of yoga, but your own personal experience of it.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time in Rio de Janeiro to enjoy the world famous sites of the ‘cidade maravilhosa.’ Explore the famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches or take in the breathtaking views of the “Christ the Redeemer” statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Connect with everyone on the first evening of the arrival day to enjoy your first dinner together of the shared journey ahead.

Day 2 to 4 - Ilha Grande

From the hotel in Rio, drive a few hours by bus and take a boat to arrive at a pristine island location. This exquisite tropical island will relax the senses and thrill your days with rainforest hiking, boat cruises, and yoga classes structured for all levels for rest and rejuvenation. Visit one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Lopes Mendes.

Prepare to be amazed by the blissful scenery of a tropical paradise and make it your home for the next few days on this car-less tropical island. Tune into the rhythms of the forest and fresh ocean air and as you enjoy morning and evening yoga classes. Your accommodation represent a balance and harmony with the natural environment and is constructed with ecological concepts for rustic luxury and authentic nature experiences.

Day 5 to 8 - Paraty

From Ilha Grande, the journey continues to the gorgeous coastal colonial town of Paraty famous for its Portuguese colonial architecture and natural beauty. You will stay a 30-minute drive from the cobblestone town center of Paraty in a natural oasis filled with lush mountains, tropical forests, and pristine ocean beaches with stunning views.

Bring your senses into ecstasy with a schooner boat cruise, two daily yoga classes and delicious meals, all included and full of vibrancy from the local organic garden.

Enjoy sophisticated yet simple luxury in a uniquely-inspired pousada (guest house) that offers a combination of comfort, charming hospitality, and genuine exclusivity for four nights of wellness as you explore this region surrounding Paraty.

Day 9 - Rio de Janeiro

Return to Rio de Janeiro for the last evening together.

Day 10 - Departure day

After days of stunning views and breathtaking paradise, you will now have to depart home.

Rio de Janeiro

The tour begins and ends in Rio de Janeiro and is home to some of the worlds most famous sites. Take time to explore the famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches or just simply take in the breathtaking views of the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a tropical island paradise with gorgeous views in all directions. Enjoy your time here and allow your senses to relax and tune into the rhythms of the forest, fresh ocean air, and your own bodies on this tropical island getaway.

Paraty

Paraty is a coastal town with colorful Portuguese architecture and its surrounding area is famous for its natural beauty. It is an ecological and cultural oasis filled with lush mountains, tropical forests, and pristine ocean beaches that will be sure to bring your senses into ecstasy.

Breakfasts and dinners are included on Ilha Grande and Paraty with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The healthy meals encourage wellness for a healthy body and mind on the tour. The meals include fresh fruits, vegetables, and locally sourced fish and are created to be flavorful and often adventurous like the yoga tour.

Expect to have some thrills and delights from the menu including fresh juices, delicious entrees, and desserts for full enjoyment of your dining experience!

Green Stone Journeys creates a detox menu upon special request only or for custom-tours with a detox focus. The yoga adventure tours include healthy eating options with local food to enhance the travel experience and to explore the culinary culture of Brazil.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Green Stone Journeys offers a variety of optional activities including:

  • City tours, waterfall visits and nature hikes in Paraty
  • Rainforest hiking, kayak tours, boat cruises, and visiting one of the most beautiful Brazilian beaches, Lopes Mendes
  • Rio de Janeiro city tour highlights
  • Spa therapies and massage treatments in some locations
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All meals on Ilha Grande and Paraty
  • Breakfasts in Rio de Janeiro
  • Local transportation
  • Morning and evening yoga classes
  • Schooner boat day tour in Ubatuba
  • Tour leader and yoga teacher
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • International airfare
  • Lunches and evening meals in Rio de Janeiro
  • Optional activities and spa therapies
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees (if required, depending on your nationality)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport (GIG). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request when you book the tour. Otherwise, taxi service upon arrival is a common way to arrive at the start point of the tour.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Green Stone Journeys an inquiry.
  • Review by Cindy Weatherhead
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing pace of the tour and doing yoga twice a day is a treat! I enjoyed the yoga classes with a routine and also allowing to explore more advanced postures. The meals were excellent and the cooks tried very hard to accommodate the vegetarians. We really enjoyed the Beach House, it had everything we needed and was clean, the location was great!"

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  • Review by Inger Ase Hernes
    10 out of 10

    "We had a great time! The tour, location and people were so lovely and we are so glad we spent these six days with you while we were in Brazil. The yoga teacher was perfect for the tour, I enjoyed the yoga classes very much and the tours during the day were lovely. The location of the house was perfect with nice accommodation and very good food with a lot of variation. Thank you so much for the perfect yoga retreat!"

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  • Review by Sandra F from Bern, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I did the yoga day tour in Rio with Tara and it was amazing! The organization was very quick and professional. The pick up at my hostel, the yoga at the beautiful parque lage, the dinner at a delicious vegetarian restaurant and sunset at Sugarloaf was just perfect! It's a nice way to discover Rio from a different side. "

    "Tara is a great Yoga teacher and person, I enjoyed my day with her a lot."

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  • Review by Mariam Israelyan from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for organizing this beautiful trip! What a heart opening country, Peru is. It was an wonderful experience and it went very well and organized. The tour leader was great and the tour was created perfectly, and local guide was also truly nice, good team!! I will go back to Peru for more adventure."

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  • Review by Yusi from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the six days yoga retreat in Ilha Grande and everything about this trip exceeded my expectations. It was simply one of the best experiences I've ever had. Tara, the organizer, made everyone so at ease and the trip was very well planed. Luciana, the yoga teacher, was really hands on and her Thai massage session was something out of this world.Everyone in the group seems to have instantly got on so well and have shared exceptional meals together with lots of laughter. It was in an absolutely gorgeous setting and the owners and the staff were really lovely too. The view from the pousada was completely breathtaking. We had about two-hour yoga sessions in the morning and in the evening at the beautiful yoga studio, over-hearing the sound of nature and gentle waves.Tara even looked after us when we got back to Rio after the retreat. I very much appreciate her personalized touch in her tour organization and we had lots of fun together! I would definitely recommend retreats with Green Stone Journeys to anyone and would certainly love to go myself for another adventure with them in the future!"

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  • Review by Minesh Vaghji
    10 out of 10

    "The tour was excellent. The location was amazing and the food was exceptional. The yoga teacher was excellent and managed to teach a perfect balance of classes which were both challenging and restorative. On top of that there were fantastic daily activities which the whole group enjoyed. Id recommend travelling with Green Stone Journeys."

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  • Review by a traveler from Aix-en-Provence, France
    10 out of 10

    "I loved and higly reccomend to everybody! Amazing experience! Very well organized! The hotel "pousada" was great, yoga room beautiful, the food delicious, all the structure and the organization were perfect! Everyday we could have breakfast and dinner at the balcony watching the sea! Amazing sunset as well! I feel like home and meet lovely people! Thanks a lot to Tara from Green Stone and congratulations for everything!Thanks to all the pousada team, specially to Nelson, Cris and Carol. Luciana the yoga teacher is for sure the best teacher I ever had! Thank you and thank you! Namaste"

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  • Review by a traveler from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I found myself traveling to Brazil for business and fortunately was able to take an extra week to spend in Rio de Janerio in October 2013 (the selection below did not allow me to go back that far). I found Green Stone Journeys online and was able to work with Tara to create an individualized itinerary.In short, the whole trip was AMAZING and extremely reasonably priced. I spent time in both Rio and Paraty which was perfect for the week. All the accommodations were excellent. I started every morning with yoga and I cannot say enough about both Daniel and Arianna as yoga teachers.While in Paraty, Wado was my guide and he was full of so much positive energy and life stories. Tara and Daniel were my primary guides while in Rio and though I was traveling alone, I felt like I was with a friend for much of the trip. In summary, it was a life changing adventure and I would highly recommend Green Stone Journeys! I can't wait to book another adventure with them."

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  • Review by Katie from Thailand
    10 out of 10

    "From the moment I spoke to Green Stone Journeys, I knew that my personal journey with them was going to be fantastic and I couldn't have been more right! I wanted more than just a day, so they were able to customize a 10-day experience for me. Everything was arranged for me from the moment that I stepped off the plane in Rio. From accommodation to transportation, tour guides and yoga teachers, I couldn't have been more pleased.Everyone was very professional, had great local knowledge, and paid attention to all of the small details that make a trip special. Part of my experience was a day tour in Rio that started with yoga in Parque Lage, then a trip to Sugar Loaf Mountain, lunch, and a final stop for the best acai that I've ever tasted. I left relaxed, refreshed, and feeling like I had a community of new friends. I couldn't recommend this tour experience more highly!!"

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  • Review by Elia from Zurich, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I can only recommend a yoga retreat with Green Stone Journey. The whole staff is very professional and kind. You also have enough time for yourself to discover beautiful spots in Brazil!"

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  • Review by Mareike from Berlin, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "This tour was great, so unique and original, I was in Rio with my friend and we wanted to do something different and we found out about this tour it was perfect! We met with the yoga teacher in the morning, and did some very relaxing yoga in Parque Lage and we were able to walk around and just enjoy this beautiful place in the middle of the city for awhile and soak it all in. The yoga class was really calming in the beautiful park and it felt good to have great instruction because we have only done a little bit of yoga. It was great to hear her stories about Rio and all the tidbits she had to offer too. We then went for a really delicious lunch, vegetarian with so many options and it seemed to have many locals and not so many tourists so it felt like a real hideaway place. Then we went up to the Sugar Loaf mountain, and what a sunset! It really was a perfect day and tour and enjoying Rio in this relaxed way really made it special by the end of it all. Thanks so much for a great tour Green Stone Journeys! and we really recommend it if you are looking for something different and with a great yoga teacher who knew how to take care of us along the way!"

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  • Review by Mareike from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "This tour was great, so unique and original, I was in Rio with my friend and we wanted to do something different and we found out about this tour it was perfect! We met with the yoga teacher in the morning, and did some very relaxing yoga in Parque Lage and we were able to walk around and just enjoy this beautiful place in the middle of the city for awhile and soak it all in.The yoga class was really calming in the beautiful park and it felt good to have great instruction because we have only done a little bit of yoga. It was great to hear her stories about Rio and all the tidbits she had to offer too. We then went for a really delicious lunch, vegetarian with so many options and it seemed to have many locals and not so many tourists so it felt like a real hideaway place. Then we went up to the Sugar Loaf mountain, and what a sunset! It really was a perfect day and tour and enjoying Rio in this relaxed way really made it special by the end of it all.Thanks so much for a great tour Green Stone Journeys! and we really recommend it if you are looking for something different and with a great yoga teacher who knew how to take care of us along the way!"

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  • Review by Eleaner Risdale from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga teacher was great she quickly gaged our levels of experience and went at the perfect pace to ensure we felt comfortable. She was friendly, approachable, and very calming with her instructions.The beach house was lovely. Spacious, clean, well kept and presented. The air-con worked well and the rooms/bathrooms were cleaned daily which added to the holiday/hotel feel, which was appreciated.The cook was brilliant and the quality and quantity of food was first class and we definitely never went hungry! They made a lot of effort in checking which dish we may like for the evening meal and ensured we had bottled water and fresh juice in the morning. The group of people on the tour really made it special for me. It was so nice to go away as a solo traveler and come away feeling like you had made a whole new group of friends! I really enjoyed the conversations about life, cultures and learning about Brazil. I will never forget the beauty of the island the sounds, sights and how it made me feel emotionally. I was able to forget about everything back home and just be! The whole experience was brilliant it really was a journey of discovery!"

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  • Review by Luca Puliafito from Zurich
    10 out of 10

    "The experience with Green Stone was fabulous. This tour was a good mix between discovering amazing places with friendly guides and discovering by yourself. All the yoga teachers I met during this experience were highly qualified and offered a practice that gave me the opportunity to get in touch with my own body and to release tensions in some specific areas. An amazing masseuse also allowed me to heal a chronic pain I was suffering from during several months. What else can I say? Everything flew, everything was perfect and made this Brazilian experience unique."

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  • Review by Katie Weber from USA
    10 out of 10

    "As a custom tour experience with GSJ, the programs were adjusted for my preference and for weather, and it felt like I had someone to help me personally organize the things I wanted to do and accompany me along the way. The most I enjoyed about my experience were the yoga sessions. All of the instructors were fantastic and have inspired me to reignite my practice long term. I cant say enough about how amazing the sessions were.The local guide was also very knowledgeable and friendly and locations were beautiful with great breakfasts. The optional massages were also fantastic, it seems GSJ knows how to find all the best people! I would recommend GSJ tours and travel with them again."

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  • Review by Christine Walko
    10 out of 10

    "Having private, local guides was one of the best aspects of the trip since it made it very personalized. Guides were wonderful! Morning yoga each day was the perfect way to start the day and really added to the personal reflection and growth of the trip."

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  • Review by Ditte Christense
    10 out of 10

    "Our tour had a fantastic setting and location and Im amazed by the place and hope to be back again. The place was extremely friendly and the food was incredible. The yoga teacher, S, looked after our needs and wishes and planned the classes accordingly. Both her and the classes were perfect. S was really good at thinking about our needs in terms of what our bodies were able to do and adjusted the yoga practice to it. Also it was a pleasure being around her for the tour, she has a really nice and loving personality."

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  • Review by Maria Claudia
    10 out of 10

    "Being in touch with nature, practicing yoga, meditating, making new friends and still improving my health? This is what I call a real dream tour! Hidden paradises in Brazil waiting for us on an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime, for sure it will be the first of many tours I will be participating, greatly recommended for anyone looking for an amazing holiday."

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  • Review by Fiona Reidy
    10 out of 10

    "Loved, loved, loved this tour! Its the perfect combination of fun and adventure with amazing yoga, delicious food and gorgeous location. I didnt want to come home! This tour is perfect if you live in Brazil and want an escape from the city or if you are coming to Brazil for the first time. Its an amazing way to see beautiful places and travel with people who have the same ideas about travel."

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Arrival: Saturday April 15, 2017
Departure: Monday April 24, 2017

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