Destination

Paraty is located in the bay of Paraty, which is approximately 250 kms. away from Rio de Janeiro and 280 kms away from Sao Paulo. Paraty was an important commercial center in the colonial period. In the eighteenth century, the gold from the state of Minas Gerais, which was transported by the old "Camino del Oro" to Rio de Janeiro, was shipped in the port of the Paraty. During the following century, coffee produced in the Paraíba River Valley, located between the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, was exported from Paraty as well. When the railway between the States of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro opened at the end of the 19th century, the port lost importance and the city fell into oblivion. Just when new roads were built, during the 1970s, Paraty's beauty was rediscovered, which became an internationally renowned tourist site, offering to its visitors various attractions. The historical center is considered by UNESCO as the "most harmonious colonial architectural ensemble" and also National Heritage by IPHAN (Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage). Tourists from all over the world - the entrance of vehicles are forbidden - are attracted by the beauty of the architecture typical of Colonial Brazil. Visitors fall in love with amazing historic houses, transformed into inns, restaurants, craft stores, museums, etc. Some of the attractions worth knowing are: the old City Hall, built in the 19th century; The House of Culture, 1754, with handicraft shops, bookstore and an exhibition that tells the history of the city; The Church ""Mother of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios"", of 1873 and adorned in neoclassical style; The Church of ""Santa Rita dos Pardos Libertos"", built in 1722 and where it is the Museum of Sacred Art; And the Gold Road, built by slaves between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, on the roads used by the Indians ""Guaianazes'' to transport gold from Minas Gerais to the port of Paraty. Part of the road is preserved in the midst of the abundant Mata Atlântica forest of Serra da Bocaina National Park. The main beaches are; Praia da Figueira, very frequented by naturists; Praia do Meio, with calm sea and good infrastructure; Praia de Fora (Praia dos Ranchos), located in the Villa de Trindade, is one of the most active in the region; Praia do Cepilho, gateway to the Villa of Trindade; Praia Brava, deserted and has big waves, is much sought after by surfers.


From 2019, Paraty won the title of WORLD HERITAGE BY UNESCO!

Info

  • Airport Rio de Janeiro - Paraty

    Regular and private transfers available from Rio de Janeiro
  • Private transfer

    Estimated duration - 03:30 hours approx.
  • Regular transfer

    Estimated duration - 04:30 hours approx.
  • Transfers regular / private

    Not possible to bring surfboards

Tips

  • Recommended Tour

    Tour of the historical part of the city - National Historical Heritage
  • Must see

    Renting a boat of fishermen to stroll through the incredible islands and its beaches
  • Casa de la Cultura

    Permanent exhibition, which gathers videos of natives and admirers of Paraty
  • Muñecos Theatre - Espaço Theatre

    The group Contadores de Histórias, gives life to dolls, its presentations are awarded worldwide.
  • Road to Gold

    Royal Road of the colonial period built by slaves, in the middle of the Atlantic Forest
  • FLIP

    International Book Fair - Annual
  • Nightlife

    Bars and restaurants very well presented with excellent gastronomy and musical programming with bossa nova and rock
  • Handcrafts

    Excellent variety and quality of handcrafts