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How to Spend 1 Day in Paraty

How to Spend 1 Day in Paraty

Set between jungle-covered mountains and a scenic bay, Paraty is one of Brazil’s best-preserved colonial centers. With 24 hours to spend in town, you’ll have time to walk the cobbled streets and enjoy some outdoor adventure. Here are some tips for how to best spend your time.

Morning: Colonial Paraty

Start your day in Paraty with a guided walk through the pedestrianized city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the town’s Portuguese history as a point along the Gold Trail (Caminho do Ouro) as you visit colonial homes, churches, and museums. If you’d rather explore at your own pace, be sure to check out the Cultural Center (Casa da Cultura) and Santa Rita Church, built by freed slaves in 1722.

Afternoon: Great Outdoors

Paraty is a popular base for outdoor adventures of all sorts, so dedicate this afternoon to exploring the great outdoors. Grab a paddle for a kayaking tour past uninhabited islands and through mangrove swamps; learn how to stand-up paddleboard; or go for a snorkel in Caixa d’Aço. If you’d rather stay on dry land, you can opt for a horseback ride through the rugged Brazilian countryside or a Jeep safari into the jungles of Bocaina Mountains National Park in search of waterfalls.

Night: Out on the Town

While Paraty isn’t a party town, you will find a few local venues for live Brazilian music and dancing. This evening, follow the music into the old town for a Brazilian dinner, followed by an evening out with the locals. Be sure to sample some cachaça, the local spirit of choice in Brazil, made from sugarcane.

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Mangrove, Beaches and Islands by Kayak tour

Mangrove, Beaches and Islands by Kayak tour

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Paddle a kayak through the bay of Paraty during this 4-hour eco-adventure. After a safety briefing and orientation on dry land at Jabaquara Beach, follow an expert kayaking guide to pristine beaches, uninhabited islands and mangrove swamps. Swim and snorkel at Rosa Beach and Sapeca Island. Enjoy snacks, fresh fruit and personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Small-Group Horseback Riding from Paraty

Small-Group Horseback Riding from Paraty

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Explore the rugged Brazilian countryside on horseback during this door-to-door tour from Partay, suitable for all abilities. This hassle-free tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, meaning you won't have to worry about finding a meeting point. Plus, letting someone drive you through Serra da Bocaina National Park means you'll have more time to focus on the scenery before riding on horseback throughout the country. 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Shared Transfer from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro

Shared Transfer from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro

We offer: - Transfer to Rio de Janeiro Airport or hotels - Maximum security - Modern vehicles - Bilingual drivers
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.00
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$71.00
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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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Paraty Schooner Cruise and Snorkeling Tour

Paraty Schooner Cruise and Snorkeling Tour

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Spend the day cruising through Paraty Bay on a schooner during this half-day tour. Relax and enjoy the sun on the boat's comfortable decks, then jump off at 4 prime snorkeling spots among Paraty's reefs. Visit Ilha Comprida, known for its large schools of vibrant tropical fish. The boat takes a different route every day through the area's 1,000 offshore islands, so there's always something new to see. Snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from most Paraty hotels are provided.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.99
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LOW COST Airport ROUNDTRIP Transfer - Paraty (COVID-19 Prepared)

LOW COST Airport ROUNDTRIP Transfer - Paraty (COVID-19 Prepared)

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Start your trip in style and pre-book a private roundtrip transfer from Rio de Janeiro to All Airports and travel in executive style cars. The professional service saves time and money and is better than unreliable taxi lines or the hassle of the public transport network. A personal airport team will attend to your comfort and needs, providing door-to-door service at affordable prices. Let them take the strain of the unfamilar roads and heavy traffic as you sit back and relax, and enjoy the views en route to, or from, Costa Verde.  Simply pre-book with a recommended 24 hour notice. Flights are tracked to allow for delays and a complimentary 1 hour waiting time is provided in case of unexpected delays upon landing.
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  • 4 hours
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$255.00
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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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