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"Parati" Brazil Things to Do Tip by lukec

Brazil Things to Do: 376 reviews and 560 photos


Parati is a cute and well preserved colonial town about 100km down the coast from Angra dos Reis and if you're already going to Ilha Grande, as we did, it's a nice side trip. We stayed there for 2 days, but the old town looked quite empty, so it almost felt a bit too silent for us. I guess all this changes when South Americans start their summer holidays. In the 18th century, Parati (pronounced parachy, with stress on y) used to be a prosperous town which depended on gold exports from Minas Gerais (later also on coffee exports and sugar cane liquor production). It's former wealth can still be seen in the beautiful colonial houses, churches and cobble-stone streets. There are 3 main churches in the old town which reflect how class - oriented Parati used to be in the past. There's a church for slaves, one for free mulattos and one for the white elite, all built in Portuguese colonial style. Nowdays Parati is a popular holiday resort with some spectacular beaches nearby (both on the coast and islands), which can be reached by bike, car or boat. The national parks that encircle the town are filled with trails, wildlife and waterfalls, so there are many opportunities to hike, but you can also go horseback riding or take a jeep excursion.

Directions: Parati is located about 240 km down the coast south of Rio in the Ilha Grande bay. There are frequent buses both from Rio and Angra dos Reis every day.
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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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