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Gold Trail (Caminho do Ouro) History in Paraty

Gold Trail (Caminho do Ouro) History in Paraty

Brazil is a nation with deep roots in the Atlantic slave trade, having imported nearly four million slaves from Africa. To learn more about the connection between gold, slavery, and Portuguese colonization, a visit to Paraty’s infamous Gold Trail, or Caminho do Ouro, is an essential stop. Here are some options.

Gold Trail History

Built by Brazilian slaves brought from Africa during the 17th and 18th centuries, this 745-mile (1,200-kilometer) trail winds through the Atlantic Rain Forest. The route was cleared and cobblestones were laid to easily transport gold and precious stones from the mountainous jungle landscapes to Portuguese ships waiting to set sail. Due to its strategic location, Paraty was an important seaport during the Brazilian gold rush. 

Ways to Experience Paraty's Gold Trail

  • Visitors to this historical destination can wander the moderately difficult (and exceptionally scenic) Gold Trail located in Serra da Bocaina National Park. 

  • A guided walk or Jeep exploration introduces you to a wide variety of rare and indigenous flora and fauna, while the Gold Trail Exposition features exhibits.

  • Nearby Toboga Waterfall and Tarzan’s Pool offer the perfect places for tourists to cool off on hot days, and the local cachaça distillery offers a taste of the fermented sugarcane juice.

  • Discover how gold—in addition to sugar and coffee—shaped Paraty during a tour of the Historic Center (Centro Historico) UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring some of the best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture.

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Waterfall Jungle Jeep Adventure and Cachaca Tour from Paraty

Waterfall Jungle Jeep Adventure and Cachaca Tour from Paraty

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Explore Serra da Bocaina National Park (Bocaino Mountains National Park) on this 6-hour adventure from Paraty. Climb into a Jeep to barrel down rugged roads in search of pristine waterfalls like Tarzan Falls and Toboga Falls. Stop by a cachaça distillery to taste Brazil's national liquor during your trip down the Caminho do Ouro (Gold Trail). Round-trip transportation from most Paraty hotels is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.00
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$46.00
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Walking the Gold Trail tour

Walking the Gold Trail tour

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Take a historic hike through Paraty’s Gold Trail and discover its rich history. Learn how African slaves paved this path to bring the precious metals of the region to Portuguese ships. Observe the local wildlife and stop at natural pools and waterfalls to unwind a bit. End the tour at a cachaça distillery and sample various types of the Brazilian rum.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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2-Hour Walking Tour of Historic Paraty, Brazil

2-Hour Walking Tour of Historic Paraty, Brazil

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Paraty is a popular coastal destination between Rio and Sao Paulo in Brazil. For a deeper understanding of this peaceful town, join this brief but diverse walking tour. Visit colonial churches, learn about Portuguese heritage including Portuguese royalty, see how sugar, gold, and coffee booms shaped the town, and taste cachaça, Brazil's national drink.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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Paraty City Sightseeing Tour

Paraty City Sightseeing Tour

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See all the important landmarks in Paraty during this 2-hour guided sightseeing tour. Stroll in the pedestrianized historic city center of this Portuguese colonial town on the Caminho do Ouro (Gold Trail) with commentary from a local guide. Along with your group 25 people or less, visit the city's important colonial homes, museums and churches. Round-trip transportation from Paraty hotels is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.99
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Birdwatching at Caminho do Ouro (Gold Way)

Birdwatching at Caminho do Ouro (Gold Way)

Birdwachting or birding, is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes (wikipedia). It also contributes to the conservation of the natural enviroments and education, besides it promotes a sustainable tourism, the birdwatchers are always searching for new species, different from where they are from:
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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