Paraty: Gold Trail Rainforest Hiking Tour

Activity provider: Paraty Tours

Paraty: Gold Trail Rainforest Hiking Tour

Activity provider: Paraty Tours

From US$ 56 per person

Discover the Bocaina trail in the Serra da Bocaina National Park, the former access route used to link Paraty to Diamantina. Learn about the history of how gold and precious stones were transported back between the 17th and 19th-centuries.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy the landscapes, fauna, and flora characteristic of the Atlantic Forest
  • Discover the footwear and history made by the slaves and gold diggers that linked Paraty to Diamantina
  • Learn about one of the most important chapters in Brazilian History, the gold race
Full description
Spend a day hiking and learning about the very important role Paraty played in Brazil's history. Discover how the area was home to the most important gold export port in Brazil during the colonial period. Gold and diamonds used to come from Ouro Preto and Diamantina, cities with names thanks to the volume of diamonds and gold found there, both World Heritage listed sites by UNESCO. Start the tour by meeting your guide at the meeting point. Take a short walk up to the bus station to catch a regular public bus from Paraty to the beginning of the trail. The trail runs for about 3.6 km and takes part of the Gold Trail, that used to link Paraty and Diamantina. It is through this ancient trail that you will learn about the history of Gold with the tour guide, returning to the time when the tropeiros (horse drivers), gold diggers, and slaves went up and down the mountain on donkeys. These riches led to the widening of Brazil's borders. Because the trail is located inside Serra da Bocaina National Park, you will also find several landscapes and species of fauna and flora characteristic of the Atlantic Forest. At the end, take an optional visit to the Tobogã Waterfall and the Engenho do D'Ouro distillery near the Paraty-Cunha road in the community of Vila do Penha (not included). Finally, return by regular bus to the meeting point in Paraty.
  • Bilingual Tour guide (English and Portuguese-speaking)
  • Regular Public bus ticket to/from the trail
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup and drop off in Paraty
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

The meeting point for this tour is at Paraty Tours Agency located at Av. Roberto Silveira, 479, Centro / Paraty-RJ CEP 23.970-000.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Insect repellent

Know before you go

  • The bus from Paraty to the beginning of the trail is a regular public bus
  • This trail is a medium-level, please wear comfortable shoes and clothes
  • Please bring water and snacks to enjoy during the day

Product ID: 258007