Paraty is the jewel in the crown of the Costa Verde, the stretch of coastline which links Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, a mix of history and beaches which has created one of the most likeable towns in the whole of Brazil.
Just a three hour journey south from Rio de Janeiro, Paraty is a small UNESCO Heritage Listed town which oozes charm. Surrounded by a landscape of forests, beautiful islands out to sea and countless beaches it is hard not to fall for Paraty. The historic centre is laid out with cobbled streets, old buildings and churches with simple and pastel colours emanating throughout the town.
There is an abundance of activities to keep you entertained in the area. The Mata Atlantica (the Atlantic rainforest) is close by and offers wonderful hiking opportunities as does the Caminho do Ouro (the Gold Trail) leading to wonderfully secluded beaches.
Boat trips can be arranged to the outlying islands as well as sea kayaking trips varying from an afternoon to a few days in length. It’s also one of the best areas in Brazil for scuba diving as well as offering great snorkelling opportunities just offshore.
All in all Paraty is a fabulous place to visit and combines wonderfully well with a few days in Rio de Janeiro or the nearby Ilha Grande or as part of a longer journey down the Costa Verde on a Brazil holiday.