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By Fernanda, from BrazilParaty, Brazil image

“Paraty is a small town located 5 hours away from the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, in southeast Brazil. During the rule of the Portuguese crown, Paraty was a major port. Nowadays, this town is the perfect weekend getaway for Brazilian and international tourists alike. It’s easily accessed by bus or car, and throughout the drive you have a chance to take a glimpse at the green lush vegetation and blue sea coast. Look up a nice “pousada” (bed and breakfast) online – most of them are just a block away from the historic old town. Wake up early and prepare for the day with a traditional Brazilian breakfast: with tropical fruits, juice, bread, jam, cheese and ham. Then head to the wharf and hop in a boat to explore the different bays and beaches in the area. Some boats take as many as 20 people, but if you choose to take a small fisherman boat, you can make your own itinerary, and get the chance to hear amazing stories about the area and the locals. To avoid being ripped off, make sure you arrange the price before you leave. After enjoying the day in the sun, spend some time discovering the colonial style old town. White, blue and yellow painted houses spread through a few blocks of narrow rock pedestrian streets. The heart of Paraty’s cultural life, in old town you can find art ateliers, restaurants, ice-cream places, banks, souvenir shops and even a fish market. Paraty is also known to host an annual “Cachaça Festival” – the Brazilian national drink. You can sample various flavors like the popular cinnamon and honey or, if you are feeling adventurous, go for the one with a snake in the jar. Don’t slam it! Appreciate it. That should open your appetite, so walk around until you find a nice bistro or restaurant to sit down. Wait. Is that the ocean that I hear?”

Last Updated on Friday, 16 October 2009 16:36