White Sand Beach, Paraty, Brazil


Driving south of Rio along the stunning Costa Verde, come across colonial Paraty with its cobbled streets and pretty whitewashed colonial buildings covered in pink and purple bougainvillea.

Originally part of the gold trail from Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais, during the gold boom of the 18th century, Paraty is a UNESCO-listed town which has changed little since this time.

A backdrop of jungle-clad mountains and the beautiful Bay in front make Paraty an idyllic spot to experience a taste of authentic Brazil.

Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Boat, Pouso de cajaiba,Paraty, Rio de janeiro, Brazil
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A little more about Paraty

Wander along the car-free cobbled streets climbing the walls, visiting the ornate churches, art galleries and boutiques before ending the day at one of the town’s excellent restaurants. Paraty has a busy cultural calendar with main events such as FLIP – Paraty International Literary Festival, Paraty em Foco international photography festival, various jazz and blues events and of course Carnival, with its mud party on nearby Jabaquara Beach!


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Paraty, Brazil

Gold Trail Experience

Follow the Gold Trail and stop over in the colonial town of Paraty, renowned for its churches, galleries and restaurants.

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White Sand Beach, Paraty, Brazil

Horseback Adventure

Saddle up and head into the mountains on horseback to explore the jungle with a local expert guide.

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Caipirinha Tasting

Visit a local distillery to see (and taste) Caipirinha, made from sugar cane liqueur and cachaça.

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Taste Paraty Cuisine

Visit some of the masses of great seafood restaurants both in town and on the islands to sample some local favourite dishes.

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Aerial view of Schooner

Schooner Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip to explore the Emerald Coastline, discovering islands that are covered by lush vegetation and boast tranquil sandy beaches.

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Highlights of Brazil

Unveiling some of the most visually stunning landscapes in Brazil, this adventure journeys from the dazzling cityscapes of Rio to the cascading dual-nation treasure of Iguacu Falls, and from the wildlife-dense ecosystem of the Pantanal to the turquoise beaches of Paraty.

11 days

from £2,530 pp

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Pousada Literaria £££££

  • Brazil
  • Boutique

The Pousada Literaria is located in the historical centre of Paraty, 300 metres from the port. The Pousada is in a fully restored colonial house, furnished to a very high standard with 23 spacious rooms and suites. Pousada Literaria has a tropical garden and outdoor pool as well as a spa with treatment rooms and fitness area. Meals are served in the Quintal das Letras restaurant or at the poolside bar for more casual dining. Pousada Literaria also has a library that boasts over 3000 books and movies and the hotel is the official host for FLIP’s international literary festival.

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Pousada do Sandi £££££

  • Brazil
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Pousada do Sandi occupies a former 18th-century schoolhouse in the heart of Paraty, and sits within easy walking distance of the popular harbour area. This charming colonial-style guest house offers 26 rooms and suites, all brightly furnished with select pieces of original Brazilian artworks. Pousada do Sandi also offers an outdoor pool, Shambhala Asian Day Spa, comfortable lounge areas and gardens, and a charming restaurant serving regional Portuguese specialities.

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Pousada Picinguaba £££££

  • Brazil
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Pousada Picinguaba is perched above a tranquil bay amongst tropical coastal forest, 30 minutes drive from Paraty. This peaceful and private paradise has nine double rooms, one honeymoon suite, and a secluded villa. Furnishings are comfortable with elegant touches and original Brazilian art. Patio doors open onto private balconies with hammocks, garden and sea views. There are fans in the rooms but no air conditioning. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and freshwater pool fed by a natural spring.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy loves to delve into South American culture, so Brazil is always at the top of her hit list. From eating tapioca served from local food carts to the art of capoeira dancing, she loves to find new experiences to share with her wayfaring clients.

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