Paraty is known for its cobblestone-paved streets throughout the Historic Center District and it's surrounding secluded beaches. Set amid jutting peninsulas, with a backdrop of steep, jungled mountains plunging into an island-studded bay, Paraty is one of Brazil’s most appealing and well preserved historical gems.
Part of the charm of Paraty is that no cars or trucks are allowed in the tourist populated historic part of town, only foot traffic or bicycles, making it a delightful place to stroll about. Motor vehicles are only allowed in the Historic District on Wednesdays for deliveries while horses and carts are a very common sight. It really is a town of beauty.
Paraty has been able to maintain many of its remarkable historic buildings. Much of the architecture of the city has not changed for over 250 years.
Dozens of stunning pristine beaches are within a couple of hours of Paraty by boat or bus, one of the most popular being Trinidade, a small beach town around 45 minutes away with a slow hippy vibe and fantastic beaches.
Paraty is crowded and lively throughout the summer holidays in Brazil, brimming with Brazilian and European tourists. Offering boat trips to islands, 4x4's to waterfalls, rafting and bike trails and much more, they'll always be something to keep you occupied.
The historic center is small and easy to navigate, although street names and addresses can get confusing. Some streets have more than one name, and house numbers don’t always follow a predictable pattern, but the wander round the streets is an enjoyable one.
Paraty is surrounded by many parks and nature reserves, including Serra da Bocaina National Park, Serra do Mar State Park (of São Paulo), the Park Reserve of Joatinga and the Cairuçu Environmental Protection Area, where the village of Trindade is located.
If you're travelling in the state of Rio, between Paraty, the amazing island of Ilha Grande or the ctiy of Rio, you can use regular bus companies, but the savings you'll make are very minimal and it'll take you longer, as well as be more complicated. For these reasons we recommend using the budget friendly company Easy Transfer. OK they might not look exactly like the image above, but they're safe, reliable and do a door to door service to take all the hassle out of the journey. Check out their website for all the details of getting to each place. They go to all the main tourist places such as Paraty as well.