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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.

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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!


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

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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Horseback Adventure

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

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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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 $2,849 pp

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Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

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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What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

What excellent service from James - he was very knowledgeable and booked the perfect trip for us to Brazil.

Destination: Brazil
Travel Expert: James

Roxy did a truly wonderful job at arranging our itinerary, which was very unique.

Destination: Brazil
Travel Expert: Roxy

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