Lay of the Land
The best way to discover Angra’s archipelago is by renting a touring boat, or a Saveiro at the Santa Luzia port in Angra. Hiring a few locals to help out on the boat is inexpensive and well worth the money. A couple of people to make caipirinhas and a Brazilian churrasco (barbeque) on the grill onboard will make all the difference. Make sure to inspect the boat before confirming, as some tend to be very old and run-down. During your trip ask the captain to stop by the Botinas Islands where the water is crystal clear and snorkeling is a must. Many of the best houses come with boats and boat drivers who will take you around. One of the most charming places to visit (an hour by boat or car from Angra) is the Portugese colonial town of Paraty (pronounced Para-chee). Along its cobblestoned streets, you will find historic houses with tiled and painted facades and a collection of lovely churches. There are no great hotels in the area but there are fabulous houses to rent. Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team to find out about the best rentals available.
Drive two and a half hours south of Rio and you will find Angra dos Reis, or King’s Cove. Thirty-minute helicopter rides are also available. During the journey to Angra pay attention, there are some outlooks along the way that shouldn’t be missed.
When to Go
While the weather is warm all year, the best time to visit is the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, between December and February is ideal.