Beautiful colonial city, very well preserved, built between the Mata Atlantic and Angra dos Reis. Paraty is known for Caminhada, Ecoturismo, Mergulho, Natureza, Patrimônio, Sol e Praia.
Founded in 1667, located 232 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro, Paraty is an example of preservation and wealth of colonial architecture and its historical center is preserved by the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Iphan).
The city boasts a unique architectural ensemble consisting of the churches of Santa Rita, Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Nossa Senhora das Dores and the Matriz de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, besides the Forte Defensor Perpétuo, the Santa Casa de Misericórdia and other townhouses.
The city’s port was of the upmost importance during the gold cycle in Brasil, because it was at the port that the gold and precious stone production went from Minas Gerais to Portugal.
Paraty is part of the Estrada Real, the country’s largest tourist route (1630 km covering three States – Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo). It is also part of the Serra da Bocaina National Park, a nature reserve of 110 thousand acres of steep valleys and rich fauna and flora.
Important tourist location, it is surrounded by approximately 50 beaches and 65 islands, and its marine territory is constantly crossed by sailboats, schooners and other vessels.
Paraty can be considered the capital of diving. For being “a bay inside the bay of Ilha Grande” there’s hardly a need to suspend a tour due to bad weather. Look for a tourism agency in the region and enjoy this wonder.
The waterfalls that surround the city are also worth your time and attention, the Cachoeira da Pedra Branca, Cachoeira da Penha/Tobogã, Cachoeira da Toca da Ingraça, Cachoeira de Iririguaçu, Cachoeira da Pedra Lisa/Itaquari.
The cachaça production in the region is a tradition. There are several stills, some open to visitation.
Paraty is home to the famous International Literary Festival (Flip). Traditional event held in the city between June and July, with the presence of important national and international writers.
Must see attractions
Cachadaço Beach A beautiful, wild and long beach, close to great natural pools.
The Cachadaço Beach, in Trinity district of Paraty, is quite extensive and has only two campsites. The lack of restaurants, bars and other establishments makes it much more preserved and quiet. Want to get away from the crowd and enjoy nature in Paraty? This is right up your alley.
The sea waters are quite clean and crystal clear, but at some points there are holes and a strong undertow, which requires precaution, especially for families with children. The sands are white and thin, and the native vegetation is also preserved. The result is a perfect setting: white sand, blue sea and the green of the trees.
At the end of the beach, you find the natural pools of Cachadaço. It’s safer to bathe there. They are protected by rocks and make it possible to see several species of colorful fish.
Paraty Bay The Bay formed by about 65 Islands suitable for boat rides and diving.
Made up of dozens of islands and beaches, Paraty Bay is about 180 Km long, with a rugged coastline and a calm sea, with no major swells. This makes very easy for boat rides. The landscape around the Bay is amazing and well diversified: in the South, you can see the mountains of the Serra do Mar, covered by the Atlantic forest, medium and large trees and numerous animal and plant species. The mountains end straight into the sea. In the northern part, the prevailing relief is a large plain that separating the sea from the mountains.
The best way to explore all these beauties of nature is by boat. One option is to buy a schooner ride (most affordable option), and the other is to rent your own boat. In both cases, the point of departure is the port of Paraty. During the schooner ride, there are stopovers at some beaches and islands so that you can get off the boat and cool off.
10 items you must include in your beach bag
The sky and the sea get blended because of their blue; the Sun is brighter than ever; coconut water is already freezing at your preferred kiosk; friends are already extending the towels on the sand and the cool breeze is calling you out of the house. It’s beach day! And in order to prevent concerns besides chosing snacks for this beautiful day, we list some objects that every traveler should remember to bring in your beach bag, in addition to the good mood, motivation and, of course, lots of joy.
Sun and facial screen The Sun of Brazil can be stronger than you think, so best beware! Skin protected, calm for the whole day. Besides preventing burns caused by ultraviolet rays, it also protects you from the development of diseases such as the skin cancer. Choose the one which suits you best and always carry it with you – and on the body – during the whole day.
Hat Besides turning the look into something much more charming, it protects the face from the Sun and has several sizes and colors, for every taste. Remember that you may not be accustomed to the heat of Brazil.
Sunglasses Clarity on Brazilian beaches is very strong. So also take sunglasses. In addition to being able to vary according to your clothes, it’s an accessory that protects your eyes from the rays of the Sun, it’s easy and lightweight to carry in purses, and it’s always close to you.
Documents and money During a wander in the beach, documents and money should always be at hand. In order to avoid hassles, it’s important to leave them stored in a small and discreet purse. Keep it always in sight and avoid exaggerations, that is, take only the amount of money needed for the day.
Cameras Because happy days with friends and family deserve to be recorded!
Toys Sand castles, ball games, and lots of fun. If comrades are kids, don’t forget to bring toys to entertain the little ones.
Beach sarongs Colors have everything to do with the Brazilian summer. So abuse of them and prints for the beach sarongs. After a refreshing swim, they can be very useful if you want to wander along the edge or even go to a restaurant. They are also useful to protect your skin from the sand.
Slippers and sandals Nothing better than comfortably spending the day, isn’t it? Therefore, slippers and sandals are indispensable items when it comes to beach. So, you can make the most of the beach without hurting your feet.
Light clothes Brazilian hot days require fresh and light clothes. Over your bathing suit, don’t forget the tops, light shorts, loose skirts, tank tops and cotton dresses – the natural fabrics do not keep the sweat, enabling your skin to breathe.
How to get there
Plane/airport: The nearest international airport to Paraty is in Rio de Janeiro, which receives flights from 23 foreign cities. Bus: You can take a bus in Rio de Janeiro and go to Paraty. See the Road Website to learn more.
Getting around Personal or rental vehicle: You can rent a car to visit Paraty. This small map can help you get around the city. Bicycle: you can rent a bike to visit Paraty. This small map can help you get around the city. On foot: Paraty is a small town and, depending on where you are, you can walk to the attraction. This little map of the city centre can help you.
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Language Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, and is spoken by more than 99% of the population
Currency ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted in most midrange and top-end hotels and restaurants.
Mobile & Wifi Getting access on your smartphone
You can now get a pre-paid SIM chip from TIM telecom, called Inifinity-Pre, or Claro Pre-pago Ilimitado, to browse the web and get mails on your smartphone. What’s even better is the price for internet usage on these pre-paid chips: 50 centavos per day! That’s right, you can browse, email and even Skype all you want for 50 cents. Imagine how your trip will improve! The Pricey Alternative: Roaming. Your GSM mobile works in Brazil. It roams calls using local carriers, so you can send text messages, pictures and videos, access the internet and, of course, make and receive calls.
Electric Most Common Electric Socket Electric voltage: 110V. (some hotels have 220V. adaptors)
More info in www.visitbrasil.com/en/destinos/paraty/