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How to Spend 3 Days in Paraty

How to Spend 3 Days in Paraty

A visit to Paraty, nestled on the Costa Verde in the state of Rio de Janeiro, offers travelers a taste of Brazil’s natural beauty, colonial history, and bold flavor. Whether it’s relaxing on a pristine beach or wandering the historic center’s cobblestone streets, here are some suggestions for how to spend three days in Paraty.

Day 1: Beaches and Jungles

The region surrounding Paraty is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, no matter your interest or adventure level. Get up early for an excursion into the jungle, where you can traverse the rugged trails by Jeep, stopping to swim in stunning natural waterfalls. In the afternoon, head to the coast, where aquatic adventures abound. Kayak past uninhabited islands and through mangrove forests; snorkel above colorful coral reefs; test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard; or, if you prefer to go out on your own, hop on a bus for a beach-hopping tour along the Paraty coast. Sono Beach, Antigos Beach, and Ponta Negros all offer beautiful and remote stretches of sand where you can relax in the Brazilian sun.

Day 2: Explore History

After soaking up some sun, spend your second day soaking up some history. Start the morning sipping strong coffee and people watching on the grassy lawns of Martiz Square in Paraty’s historic center. Then wander the streets and take in the town’s impressive colonial architecture on a guided tour of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop by the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora do Rosário), the largest church in town, before heading to the Paraty House of Culture to learn more about the former Portuguese colony’s role and significance as part of the Gold Trail (Caminho do Ouro). After you’ve seen the town by day, return after dark for a traditional dinner of Brazilian seafood served at one of the many local restaurants. If you still have energy to burn, follow the sounds of live music to one of Paraty’s bars for some cachaça and dancing.

Day 3: Ilha Grande Day Trip

This morning, get an early start for a day on one of Brazil’s most beautiful islands, Ilha Grande. Speed boats ferry passengers to the island, known for its spectacular beaches, such as Palmas, Pouso, and Lopes Mendes. Take a guided walking tour of the island, or spend the day exploring on your own. Aside from the beaches, popular activities include hiking through the jungle to an old aqueduct deep within the forest, exploring the ruins of Candido Mendez Jail, and climbing to the highest point on the island, Papagaio Peak. Water sports enthusiasts can go snorkeling, kayaking, or scuba diving in the waters just offshore. Day trips to Ilha Grande take up the better part of a day, so plan for a quiet dinner at your hotel upon return.

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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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$60.00

Mamangua Sugarloaf Peak Hike

Mamangua Sugarloaf Peak Hike

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Go hiking on Brazil's only tropical fjord, the Saco do Mamanguá, on this nature tour from Paraty. Explore the Juatinga Peninsula Eco-Reserve with a small group of 10 people or fewer while enjoying a guide's commentary on the region's marine ecosystem. Let your guide lead the way up the 1,444-foot (440-meter) Mamagua Sugarloaf Peak, which allows views of the bay and rain forest. Lunch and a swim at the nearby beach included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00
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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
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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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$93.18
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