Paraty is one of my favorite places in all of Brazil.
Just a few hour bus ride from Rio de Janeiro, its the perfect combination of rich history and natural beauty.
The Cobblestone streets and white-washed buildings are surrounded by turquoise water and lush green mountains.
And the best way to experience the area on a first morning in town, is by jumping on a Paraty boat tour down at the main harbor.
Navigate around the beautiful islands and stop for snorkeling expeditions, refreshing capirinhas and secluded beaches.
Back on land, rent a bike at any of the local shops and go explore the surrounding national parks – the waterfalls in Paraty are perfect.
After a long day, grab a traditional Brazilian snack before exploring the streets and shops of downtown Paraty.
And for dinner, you have more than a few options…
Try Banana da Terra for upscale Brazilian cuisine, including some delicious bolinhos and local white fish or you can check out a Brazilian take on Asian Cuisine at Thai Brasil for crazy cocktails and spicy curry.
If you’re on more of a budget, head over to the hidden gem – Istanbul for a a fresh juice and tasty kebab.
Wherever you decide to eat, finish the night with a stroll, strong drink and some soulful live music.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of why I enjoy Paraty so much.
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