"ILHA DE PAQUETÁ" Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path Tip by lar1970

Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path: 266 reviews and 288 photos

This island in the Baía de Guanabara was once a popular tourist spot but nowadays sees mostly families from the zona norte (suburbian). No cars are on the island, so movement is powered by feet, bicycles (there are hundreds for rent) and horse-drawn carts. The colonial buildings, unassuming beaches and businesses catering to local tourism carry a certain dirty and decadent charm.
Go to Paquetá for the boat ride through the bay and to see Cariocas at play - especially during the Festa de São Roque, celebrated over five days in August. Unfortunately the bay waters that used to be a whale´s maternity aren't very clean for swimming.

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  • Written Jan 21, 2003
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