The colonial jewel of Paraty is one of Brazil’s most spectacular towns. Rich in culture, brimming with charming cobbled streets and surrounded by rugged beaches and jungle-clad mountains, it’s the perfect destination for all.
Located four hours south of Rio by car, this little Portuguese town is exquisitely preserved. Once an important outpost for gold in the 18th century, Paraty is now admired for its stunning architecture. White-washed buildings and colourful shutters line the cobblestone streets. With the lack of traffic, wandering around and exploring the thriving café- culture, numerous art-galleries and boutiques is an enjoyable experience.
Historically known as one of the most important Cachaça (sugar-cane rum) producers, you can also be sure to find the best caipirinha in Brazil; the country’s national drink and a surprisingly strong cocktail.
Charm aside, Paraty also entices many travellers due to its staggering natural beauty, surrounded by miles of picture-perfect beaches and many idyllic islands; it is one of the best areas for soaking up the sun. Snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters, kayaking or taking a small boat to explore the many different islands is the best way to make the most of the region.
Inland you will find mountainous rainforest, rolling hills and secluded waterfalls, which create an exciting natural playground for those who enjoy an active holiday.
Whatever takes your fancy, Paraty is a real Brazilian gem and with our first-hand knowledge we can ensure you make the most of your Paraty experience, whether it be the best hotel or the most beautiful beach we can point you in the right direction.
When to go
The best time for travel is December through March.