Picturing Paraty

The beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty snuggles itself between lush, green mountains and a bright blue bay.

Whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets serve as a real-life oil painting that you can walk through.

After a great trip to Buzios and Arraial do Cabo I was fixing for more small town adventures, so the following weekend I took off again.

This time I ventured in the opposite direction, and made the picturesque four and a half hour journey from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty.

These are the sites that greeted me upon my arrival…


Take a horse and carriage ride, although I don’t know how comfortable it would be with all the uneven cobblestone streets – At least it looks romantic.

Paraty Photos - Brazilian Food

Beef carpaccio, ceviche served with Pringles and Bohemia beer was the happy hour snack of choice.

Paraty Photos - Cobblestone Streets

Tables in the streets, flowers bursting over walls and mountains in the background.

Paraty Photos - Colonial Town TouchesThe beauty of Paraty is in all the little details.

Paraty Photos - Pousado do OuroGolden hour from Pousada do Ouro.

Paraty Photos - Street Lamp

Looking down at the cobblestone streets and lovely antique street lamps from above.

Paraty Photos - Restaurants in the StreetAfter such a relaxing first day in Paraty has me rested and ready for waterfalls tomorrow…


My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!

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