Paraty is a preserved Brazilian Imperial municipality with a population of approximately 36,000 people. The small city is located on the Costa Verde (Green Coast), a lush, green corridor that runs along the coastline of the state of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. Named for a local swamp fish, Paraty sits on Brazil’s southeastern coast, 125 miles south of Rio, with the Bocaino Mountains at its back. The small colonial town’s center is a national historic monument with well-preserved buildings on its pedestrian-only streets.
Paraty’s beautiful architecture is one of the many amazing things about this destination. The city is known for the cobblestone-paved streets throughout the Historic Center District. No cars or trucks are allowed in this part of town, only foot traffic or bicycles. Motor vehicles are only allowed in the Historic District on Wednesdays for deliveries. Horses and carts are a very common sight in Paraty and are frequently used all around the city. Paraty has been able to maintain many of its historic buildings. Much of the architecture of the city has not changed for 250 years or more.
There are many musical and cultural events, the most prominent of which is the FLIP – Festa Literaria Internacional de Paraty (International Literary Festival of Paraty). The town is also known for its local festivals on Catholic holy dates, such as the Feast of the Holy Ghost. Of the many historic buildings in Paraty, they include four important historic baroque churches, two colonial forts as well as a House of Culture.
Upon travelling to the small city, there are various opportunities to participate in amazing water sports and activities including a kayak adventure where you will be able to kayak the warm, sheltered waters of the bay of Paraty on a guided kayak trip to islands and beaches. You will be able to swim, snorkel, see wildlife in the Mangrove and relax on the beaches! The city also has a location where interested tourists and locals can go scuba diving to explore the Paraty reefs. Certified divers are welcome to dive and lessons are offered for beginner divers to ensure that everyone can enjoy this all-inclusive activity.
Another fun activity and the best way to see the real beauty of Paraty is to go out to sea in a speed boat. Paraty’s bays, inlets and islands are breathtakingly beautiful and can only be explored by boat. Don’t be surprised if that boat trip becomes one of the highlights of your trip to Brazil. The beaches and views are spectacular!