A Local Travel Guide for Paraty, a Preserved Paradise
A Local Travel Guide for Paraty, a Preserved Paradise
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Along the Costa Verde
of Brazil, there is a little Portuguese colonial town, backed by mountains,
between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo : Let us introduce you to the charming
Symbol of the Brazilian Gold Rush era, the town has beautiful architectural landmarks, such as the waterfront Capela de Santa Risa, a famous whitewashed church built in 1722.
Highly appreciated for
its charming historic centre as well, this is a destination extremely coveted
by both locals and tourists.
Among Brazilians, Paraty is also communally referred to as “um Paraiso Preservado”, literally translated: A preserved paradise.
From its charming
historic centre to its incredible surrounding’s beaches, Paraty combines
everything to spend a lovely time. So as you understood it, it’s a must while
you are discovering the South East of Brazil.
Want to get a look around with us?
↠ Currency – Brazilian Reais (BRL)
↠ Best time to go – From April to June, it’s the low
season, so prices will be lower and the streets less busy. Avoid January and
February if possible, as it’s the rainy season and also overpopulated by
↠ Prices – Mid-range
↠ Airport – Aeroporto de Paraty. It’s also easily accessible by buses from Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.
↠ Best way to travel – There are plenty of cheap bus rides from the city centre to the different beaches of the city. Biking can be a good option as well and it will give you more freedom for your activities’ schedule and, of course, it’s a more sustainable solution.
Top 10 things to do
1 – Centro
Classed at UNESCO World
Heritage, this is an unmissable stop while you are in the city.
Wandering around these white buildings from the 17th century, sprinkled with
touches of blue and yellow, is so enjoyable for your eyes.
And the bonus: it’s forbidden to cars, which makes it not only safer but nicer to discover its countless cobbled streets.
We arrived in Paraty at 5h30 am by bus from São Paulo, just on
time to catch the sunrise and witness the city, slowly awaking and showing its
It’s amazing to enjoy
the cultural heart of the city, with no one around and also when the heat isn’t
2 – Paraty’s
During your tour
through the historic centre, you have to make a stop at the marina.
Filled with amazingly colored boats, this is a really cute spot. We watched the sunrise over there and it was truly wonderful.
3 – Trindade
Trindade is a little
gem, a small fishermen’s village, 45 minutes away from Paraty. Buses are
leaving each hour from Paraty’s bus station to Trindade.
The ride will cost you
5 reals per person (approximately 1 euro) and you can pay it straight with the
On your way, you will
enjoy a scenic drive through the jungle of the Costa Verde, until you
will reach the beautiful coast of Trindade.
4 – Praia do
During those 3 months
in Brazil, this beach is, without any doubts, the most beautiful one I’ve seen.
Unspoiled and wild, this long sandy beach is such a peaceful place. It’s
cutting you off from the rest of the world and it makes you feel so privileged.
Surrounded by greenish
mountains, with powerful waves stretching along the shores, this spot is
5 – Piscina
natural do Cachadaço
From Praia do
Cachadaço, you can access through a 40/45 minutes challenging hike, to
another treasure of Trindade : its Piscina Natural.
As you hike through the
lush and luxuriant jungle, you can smell the fruits and hear the sweet music of
the waves. And as a final reward, you will arrive the Cachadaço Natural Pools.
The area is protected
from the open seas by large rocks, which makes the water clearer and populated
by multicoloured fishes. It’s a great spot for snokerling.
– Ilha dos Pássaros
From the main beach of
Paraty, Praia do Jabaquara, you can access by kayak, stand up paddle or
even by swim to the beautiful Ilha dos Pássaros, which means Birds Island in english.
It’s one of the 65 islands that composed Paraty’s bay and it’s the home of an
incredible scenery. Its clear waters host a multitude of fishes and its trees
are a sanctuary for many species of tropical birds.
7 – Praia do
After Ilha dos
Pássaros, you can keep going until Praia do Forte. The beach is a quiet
spot, perfect to chill out on a hot afternoon.
As the name suggests,
this place is known for hosting an ancient fort. It’s the only one in Paraty,
built in 1793 in order to protect the flow of gold from the pirates.
From the beach you can reach the fort through a nice walk up.
Once at the top, you will be rewarded with one of the most awesome view
imaginable over Paraty’s bay.
8 – Cachaça
Cachaça is the most
emblematic and traditional liquor of Brazil. Main ingredient of Brazil’s
ultimate signature cocktail : Caipirinha.
Paraty is known for having
one of the best Cachaça distilleries of the whole country, so it’s only making
sense to allow yourself a Cachaça testing during your stay in the city. Try the
corn Cachaça, that’s our favorite.
9 – Kayak
tour in Paraty’s bay
Want to discover some hidden spots along Paraty’s bay ? The best way to do it is by renting a kayak with one of the many touristic agency of the city. We personally recommend Paraty Explorer.
A great exploration
through the mangrove, meetings with some vividly red crabs and an unique
discovery of desert beaches with the most blue sapphire-colored water, as far
as the eye can see. Most of them aren’t even accessible by boats, how great to
have such wonderful beaches just for yourself ?
10 – Natural
slide of Penha
Only 8 km from Paraty,
we invite you to check another awesome spot : Cachoeira Toboga or also
called Cachoeira da Penha (The Penha’s Waterfall). You can access
there from Paraty’s bus station, taking the line going to Penha, the ride
lasts only 30 minutes.
It’s a natural slide,
surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and little pools for those who want to enjoy
a refreshing and invigorating swim. A fun moment sliding down its smooth
surface into a chiller river below. The way down isn’t that sloping, which
makes it completely safe.
If you keep going up,
you will arrive into a beautiful bamboo forest and emerge onto an incredible
series of secluded waterfalls. A perfect morning activity right ? Sliding down
some natural slide and jumping off waterfalls, enough to make you feel like a
About us – We spent our 2 nights in Paraty in a charming place, with a nice refreshing pool, perfect for the summer days : Pousade Cores do Mar. The location was also great, a minute away from the main beach.
Restaurante Tempero Mineiro – 19 Rua Dom Pedro I ♥︎
Casa Cacaira – Along Praia do Cachadaço, in Trindade ♥︎
Maria Fulô Bistrô Natural – 656 Rua Presidente Pedreira
Istanbul Paraty – Rua Manoel Tôrres
Where to get a drink?
Cervejaria Caborê – 421 Avenida Octávio Gama
Geko Chill Beach Bar – 4 Avenida Orlando Carpinelli
BalacoBacco Beach Bar – Avenida Jabaquara ♥︎
– Paraty’s region is
known for hosting a lot of mosquitos, especially during the rainy summer
season. Bring with you a repellent for mosquitos. Apply it especially at sunset
time and through the evening, that’s their rush hours.
– Get in advance at the
bus station when you go to Trindade, it tends to get crowded. So, to avoid and
endless queue and to be squeezed standing up during the way, arrive 20 to 25
minutes in advance, to be able to sit during the ride. Between the bumpy roads
and the tight turns, this ride is quite turbulent.
However, we spent it up
on the way in and it was actually quite funny for us, but on the way back,
after hours of hiking, a sit was more than appreciated.
– While you explore Trindade, especially its natural pools, we highly advise you to avoid the weekends. The amount of people increases and makes the discovery of this beautiful place less nice. If you don’t have a choice, try to go there the earliest you can.
– For the natural
pools, you better check the tides as well, to be sure to enjoy the place with
the best conditions.
– The most recommended
Paraty’s cachaça distillery isMaria Izabel. They are
producing one of the best cachaça by hand since 1996.
– Even though the
natural slide of Penha isn’t dangerous at all, we recommend you not to imitate
the locals, they are more daring and fearless. They have countless of those
natural slide throughout Brazil and are doing that since they are kids, so
unless you really feel confident about it, going down sitting is already full
– Give a taste to a
delicious Açai bowl at Manuê, so refreshing and yummy.
– Our special eco tip
Don’t take the boat
rides from Praia do Cachadaço to the Piscina natural.
A lot of persons don’t
want to bother trying to find the path through the jungle to access to the
natural pools and pay boat rides to get there.
Not only this participates to make the place overcrowded, but those boats are coming in and out approximately every 5 minutes, which spoiled the purity and clarity of the water. Plus, this place is a refuge for many species of fishes that tend now to desert the pool’s waters because they are frightened by the excessive traffic of boats.
What was once an
unspoiled and protected area, is becoming damaged by human activities.
Some treasures of the
nature have to be deserved, if you want to enjoy it, you have to respect the
nature. Besides, the walk through the jungle is part of the charm, an occasion
to discover the beautiful nature that surrounds us. This region is called Costa Verde – the Green Coast for a
reason, let’s enjoy the show provided by this amazing scenery.
Using ways that are destroying natural landscapes that you want to visit for their preserved beauties doesn’t make any sense, does it?
Please, consider this
when you are traveling. If we want to
keep our ability to visit such places, let’s act more mindfully.
Hoping you enjoyed your
time with us.
See you soon for a new
adventure around the world.
We are Camille & Pedro, a Franco-Brazilian couple. Currently starring in our own travel reality show, we would love to bring you along in our adventurous universe. We’ve been both experiencing solo traveling and are now keeping this nomad lifestyle as a couple. On our blog, we are sharing our adventures around the world, offering tips & creating travel guides for other wanderers.