Paraty is a tiny city with a cosy harbour in Brazil. The roads are bumpy, the people friendly and once you get there, you will not want to leave again. Party is an old fisherman’s town and has its own chilled out vibe. Life is slow, stress does not exist and the little islands around it have plenty of blue lagoons and waterfalls you can jump in.
WHAT TO DO IN PARATY?
If you plan to visit make sure not to miss out on the following places and activities.
1. TAKE A WALK AROUND THE CITY
Take your camera and stroll along the tiny streets, step in puddles and curse the stones your toes will bump into. Paraty has its own charm you will fall for soon.
2. JUMP IN WATERFALLS
Alright, here we go! There are two tours you can take to visit some waterfalls around Paraty. I have to admit I took the wrong one, because the waterfalls were kind of flat and tiny. I’m used to the massive big ones, but look at the pictures, they are nice as well. The waterfalls close to the city are the ones I will show you here. They are definitely not the best ones in Paraty as there are two bigger ones, just a little bit further outside. But you can jump inside the small ones when you climb on a rock.
PRICE: 50-70 Real (including the Cachaça tour)
3. TAKE A CACHACA TOUR
Most of the time those tours are included in the waterfall tour package that starts from Paraty city. They offer various Cachaça you can try for free. This is the first thing you do in the morning. Awesome for alcoholics and drunkards, not so much for people with hangovers.
4. VISIT TRINDADE
Uh yeah! This tour is awesome. For around 50-70 Real you take a day trip to Trindade, hang out at the beach, visit the natural ponds (you can either walk there or take a boat for 15 Reals). I actually recommend to take that boat one way, have plenty of time at the natural ponds and then hike back over the little hill to enjoy a scenic view.
The restaurants are expensive as hell, but there are sausage people walking along the beach selling meat on sticks and hot cheese. Yes. Brazil is healthy, I know that. You can also buy bracelets made out of Acai seeds, which look kind of nice, I have to admit.
Actually Trindade is so nice, I would recommend to stay at least 3-4 days in a hostel at the beach. It’s about 40 minutes south of Paraty and easily reachable by car. There’s a festival coming up end of July 2018 and most likely I’ll be there and post a whole a whole article about this little gem.
5. VISIT THE ISLANDS AROUND PARATY
Nice one as well if you wat to hang out in blue lagoons, have fish swim with you and then be hassled back after 20 minutes. I seriously enjoyed those places a lot, but flying up a drone to get some footage takes at least 15 minutes and with the remaining 5 there is not much to do. I would have preferred to have at least an hour at each spot, but hey – it’s not on me to plan the tour, maybe you’ll find a company that offers less beaches, but will give you more time.
And then let me know!
WHERE TO STAY?
Stay in Geko Hostel or “Chill In” hostel, they both belong together and are located right at the beach. And they do have swings. What else can you ask for?