Paraty in Brazil

Trip Region: South America
Country(ies): Brazil
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $1300
Airfare Estimate: $1000
Nightlife: 5   •   Activity: 7

Brazil’s got it all – beaches, awesome cities, amazing history and phenomenal food. We’re planning to explore all of it, and can’t wait for you to join us! From soccer games in Rio, to waterfall hikes in Paraty, to checking out old pirate haunts in Ilha Grande, to the best nightlife in the planet, there’s a little for everyone on this trip – and plenty of time for your MTrek crew to become your new Ross family along the way. The four of us became BFFs on our MTrek, and can’t wait to replicate the experience for you. We’re amped to give you an awesome experience, from outdoor activities to nights out to cool history tours and everything in between. See you in Copacabana!

Travel Day — Saturday, Aug 18

Off we go!

Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 19

Arrive in Rio! Welcome meeting at the hotel at 1 PM local time. Our guide will get us oriented with a tour around the city, followed by a welcome dinner!

Day 2 — Monday, Aug 20

In the morning, we’ll hop on a four-hour bus to Paraty - a beautiful mountain town right by the ocean. We’ll have the afternoon to explore - from cobbled streets of town to the surrounding National Park (wildlife and waterfalls - what else could we ask for?).

Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 21

Based on our first day in Paraty, we’ll tailor our next day to make sure we see it all. We can hop on a boat for some awesome coastline views, take a quick jaunt to Trinidade or take the day to hang. We’ll customize today based on what the group thinks after Day 2!

Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 22

ROADTRIP! We get to spend 5 hours together in close quarters so hope you all have some amazing stories to share. If not, it’s ok, sleeping is a great option as well. When you wake up will be in the former Alcatraz of Brazil (Ilha Grande). Oooohhh, exciting!

Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 23

With two days on the island, we are on our own to explore the remote beaches, take a private boat trip to the blue lagoon and snorkel. With plenty of opportunities for pics that you can flex on the gram for days, you can make all the other MTrekkers jealous #ThirstyThursdays #FlexFridays. At night, there will be copious amounts of alcohol involved. (But only if you want. We promise!)

Day 6 — Friday, Aug 24

With two days on the island, we are on our own to explore the remote beaches, take a private boat trip to the blue lagoon and snorkel. With plenty of opportunities for pics that you can flex on the gram for days, you can make all the other MTrekkers jealous #ThirstyThursdays #FlexFridays. At night, there will be copious amounts of alcohol involved. (But only if you want. We promise!)

Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 25

Today, we head back to Rio. We will be attending a soccer game in the mythical Maracana soccer stadium, which hosted the soccer game with the highest attendance ever (200,000 people!). That’s right, double the amount of the Big House. Don’t worry about overcrowding, the stadium was renovated for the 2014 World Cup and can only host 80,000 today. After the game, we’ll have dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse and explore the nightlife in Rio.

Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 26

No official trip activities planned for today. Feel free to explore Rio on your own or join your Trek leaders for a fun activity to be determined. Options include drinking on the beach all day, visiting Corcovado (the Christ statue), riding the Sugarloaf cable car, visiting the beautiful neighborhood of Santa Teresa, or drinking on the beach all day (Copacabana anyone?).

Departure Day — Monday, Aug 27

Check out from hotel by 11am and head back to Ann Arbor - since we’re all ready for the BUS, football games, Stats and Accounting, and recruiting season! See you guys there :)