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Paraty (sometimes spelled Parati) is a beautiful colonial town on the west coast of Rio de Janeiro. It became very important in the 18th century because the gold found in Minas Gerais was shipped from here to Europe. Paraty became the second most important port of Brazil. It was a usual station for coffee on its way to Rio de Janeiro. And finally, the best cachaca (sugar cane spirit) of Brazil was produced here.

Considered a National Historical Monument, it preserves its countless natural and architectural charm until today. It was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1966. Paraty was used as a setting for Gabriela, the film version of Jorge Amado's novel Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon. It was also filmed in parts of The Kiss of the Spider Woman and many more films and television productions.

The historic centre offers a wide variety of things to do and see during your visit: strolling the streets with its beautifully preserved colonial architecture, stopping in the numerous art galleries and shops, stepping back in time in the churches and museums, sampling the delicious food, enjoying the music or just relaxing in the peaceful atmosphere.

The surrounding area of this oasis of history and charm is another fascinating world full of natural beauty and adventure. Paraty is one of Brazil's most sparkling coastal jewels. Its waters are blue-green and warm and splash onto a number of remote beaches and islands, great for exploring, swimming and snorkeling.

  • Last visit to Parati: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 15, 2008
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    Mira, gorgeous page with oustanding photos and interesting commentaries. The Historic Centre Hostel really seems to be good find.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Oh wow, a colour festival in the morning :-)) I also love your albums and the ice cream therapy :-)) Oh and these little figurines and the bay with the islands.. oh, I must reconsider Brazil :-)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    I heard about Paraty but never been there ---- I have to go to Brazil again because my visa will expire soon! Hehehe, Norman :)

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    really nice page mira. i will be heading there myself in march :O)

  • elsadran's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2008 at 7:34 AM

    I absolutely LOVE your travelogues!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Parati sounds like paradise to me!! It looks like a very scenic spot based on the views from both the Ocean and high above at interesting Forte Defensor Perpetuo. Beaut pics in your travelogues too with the 'Brown' one probably being the classiest!! ;))

  • pikuu's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:38 AM

    Your visit in Parati was big hunting for colors :) Great expedition, info and pictures. You intended many spaces for Cachaca. Hmmm???? :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    You make this place sound very interesting, which I'm sure it is, for instance the unique 'bloc ad lama' parade at Carnival time. What a nice idea to have different travelogues on the different colored windows and doors of Parati.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Your colourful travel logs are just wonderful :) Parati looks just adorable I did like your use of pics in the transport section :) Well done indeed!!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Lovely colourful travelouges! The historical centre of Paraty looks to be a nice place to wander around in and the beaches in the south looks great!

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