Destination: Paraty

March 15, 2007 | By More

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Paraty (you will also see it written Parati) is a very special place. Situated between the Atlantic rainforest and the sea, Paraty is one Brazil’s worst kept secrets.

WE LIKE THE MOST: the historic village and the state of conservation of the historical heritage; the absence of cars in the historic village; the gorgeous beaches; being able to walk on the streets at night; the relaxed atmosphere; the boat trips; the ginger ice cream from Ice Paraty ice-cream parlour; the high tide that floods the streets; dining by candlelight with live music

WE LIKE THE LEAST: expensive prices, resulting from the heavy presence of foreign tourists; the agressions against the Atlantic rainforest; the lack of sewage treatment, it is all dumped on the sea

HOW TO GET THERE: there is a regular bus service from Rio and São Paulo; you can drive to Paraty as well

CAREFUL WITH: the cobblestones, which make for a very uncomfortable walking experience if you are wearing flip-flops; the high tides during the full moon (you can find yourselves stranded depending on the part of the village where you are)


  • to go to Trindade, use the bus, the road is quite dangerous to drive
  • sometimes it’s worth paying a bit more to do the boat trip on a schooner with less passengers; some leave the harbour with 8 passengers, others with 50
  • avoid Paraty during the FLIP (International Book Fair) that takes place in August. Prices rocket, the place is chock-a-block, and it’s very difficult to find accommodation
  • take a waterproof with you, it rains in Paraty all year round

ACCOMMODATION: full listing of Hotels and pousadas in Paraty

LINKS: Paraty, Turismo e Ecologia,, Info Paraty, Paraty Trindade

WEATHER FORECAST: The weather in Paraty for the next 10 days

GOOGLE MAPS: map of Paraty

PHOTOS: Paraty

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  1. john langley says:

    Hi Tony
    Great info on your site about your beautiful country . I will be in Rio from October 22 and after Rio we are thinking of 3 days in Buzios or Paraty ??? I am a keen landscape photographer ,so this is important . I also have been warned NOT to use my expenxive camera Canon 5D Mkll in Rio. Maybe I will take a cheap camera , like all tourists use . Too bad you do not live in Rio , because I would like to meet you .
    I am a Canadian ,living in switzerland for 1 more year.

    john l

  2. Tony says:

    John, a very tricky question I’ve had to answer several times before. Buzios and Paraty are fine. As for Rio, when I went there I took my digital reflex but only used it in places where I knew I was safe. Thankfully that includes quite a number of tourist spots, the top of the Corcovado mountain and the Sugarloaf mountain, the Botanic Gardens, the Maracanã stadium. I didn’t bother with Copacabana beach, wouldn’t feel safe doing so. But if you go to the roof of one of the hotels on the avenue like I did you’ll be able to shoot at will.

  3. Tony says:

    If you have any questions about Paraty you can ask at our Facebook page and we will give you an answer as soon as we can.