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- Location: On the southeastern coast of Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil
- Attraction type: Historic City
- Significance: A colonial port town with well preserved buildings and structures
- Best time to Visit: Throughout the year
- How to reach: By bus from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo
- Nearest International Airport: Rio de Janeiro International Airport
Paraty originally inhabited by Guaianas Indians was colonized by Portuguese settlers towards the end of the sixth decade of the 16th century. After the discovery of gold in the nearby Minas Gerais Mountains in 1696 the significance of Paraty town grew significantly. It was used as a port to transport gold to Rio de Janeiro and from thereon to Portugal. A 750 miles road was constructed between this port town to Diamantina also connecting Tiradentes and Ouro Preto. This stone paved ‘Gold Trail’ was used for transporting gold from the interiors to Paraty, and for transporting supplies, slaves and miners from Paraty to the mines.
Activities in Paraty
Paraty has something to offer for the historian, the naturalist, and also the adventurer. You might start your city tour with the ‘historic center’. The old colonial buildings lining the cobbled streets take you back to the times of gold trade. The old churches add to the glory of this historic town. From there proceed to the Perpetual Defender Fortress or ‘Forte Defensor Perpetuo’, a 18th century fortress build to protect the town from pirates and British invaders. The Casa da Cultura is an illustrious cultural center. Nature lovers would be inspired by the Andorinhas and Pedra Branca waterfalls and the Ilha dos Meros Island.
The island of Ilha dos Meros is an excellent diving destination. The bay water offer thrilling opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking. A leisurely boat trip to the innumerable bay islands, mangroves, and beaches is invigorating. On land a trek along Gold Trail to Cunha is fascinating. This mountainous route through rainforest also offers picturesque view of the surrounding regions. You could also laze on the beach for total relaxation.
In the evenings watch a performance in the Puppet Theater or chill out at the nightclubs or bars.
Staying in Paraty
For a vacation in Paraty you could choose an accommodation either at the Historic Center or near the beaches. At the Historic Center you might opt among Pousada Porto Imperial, Pousada do Cais, Pousada Arte Urquijo, or Pousada Bromelias. Near the beach Geko Hostel & Pousada, Misti Chill, and Sereia do Mar are the notable places to put up.