Getting to the Green Coast

Brazil’s Costa Verde is a popular holiday hotspot, thanks to its beautiful beaches and landscape. However two of its aerial gateways, Angra dos Reis and Paraty, have often lacked scheduled air links. This all changed in December 2020, as Daniel R Carneiro finds out

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Right: The author’s aircraft is lined up for Angra dos Reis’ short Runway 10/28. Only types up to an Let L-410 Turbolet, Beechcraft King Air or Cessna Grand Caravan in size can operate here All images via author
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Below: Azul Conecta launched scheduled flights to Angra dos Reis and Paraty in December 2020. Here, the firm’s Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, PT-MED (c/n 208B0343), arrives at the former

The stunning stretch of Brazilian coastline that runs along both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states is called the Costa Verde. The beautiful beaches, turquoise waters dotted with more than 300 islands and lush vegetation and abundant wildlife are complemented by a vibrant mix of historic buildings along with a glut of literary, music and gastronomy festivals. Consequently, the area has always been a major draw for international tourists and wealthy Brazilian holiday-homeowners alike.

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