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Refugio do Mamangua

Rio & the Coast

Rating: Mid-range    

Refugio do Mamangua overview

Enjoy the outdoor life at Refugio do Mamangua.  Go swimming and canoeing in the sheltered waters of the Saco do Mamangua, a tropical fjord, and enjoy hikes in the forest and up to Sugar Loaf Peak for panoramic views. This is a stunningly beautiful area and Refugio do Mamangua, on the water's edge, is the perfect place from which to explore. The owners, Paulo and Cris, and their staff make you feel welcome from the outset. 

Accommodation is in suites that are set at varying distances from the water. They are cosy, with simply furnished interiors cooled by ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms and verandas with colourful hammocks. This simplicity is in keeping with the style of the lodge, which focusses your attention on the lovely natural suroundings.

Breakfast and dinner are eaten in the restaurant, beneath a thatched roof, open to the front for sea views. Feast on fresh fish and seafood, crafted into traditional dishes, and at lunchtime you can walk or paddle to one of the nearby restaurants, as recommended by lodge staff.     


Open: Refugio do Mamangua is open all year.

Location: The hotel is in on the western bank of Saco do Mamangua near Paraty Mirim beach about a 40 minute drive from Paraty. Saco do Mamangua is a fjord-like inlet that extends for 8kms and opens into Ilha Grande Bay.

Rooms: There are 10 guest suites, each with its own terrace with chairs and a hammock. There are 3 styles, yellow, purple and special. Yellow suites are near the restaurant and about 30m from the shore, and are equipped with 3 beds, ceiling fan and bathroom. Purple suites are set back 60m from the beach, a little up the hill, a more secluded location. They have the same facilities as the yellow suites. The 2 special suites, albatross and gull, are a little way from the main building and just 20m from the water. They have similar facilities to the other suites but with greater space.

Activities: Go swimming, snorkelling and canoeing in Saco do Mamangua and mangroves, all offered free of charge, with kayaking, standup paddleboarding and boat trips available at extra cost. There are lots of hiking trails, including the ascent of Sugar Loaf Peak and routes to beaches. You can also visit villages and meet local people.

Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant (see below), and gardens leading down to the shore. Canoes and snorkelling equipment can be used free of charge.

Dining: Breakfast and dinner are usually served in the open-fronted restaurant, which specialises in local cuisine including seafood. The inn does not serve lunch but staff can recommend local restaurants which can be reached on foot or by canoe.

Children: Children aged 8 years and over are welcome.

Health: Saco do Mamangua is a low to no risk malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.

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