Paraty: A pocket guide
Paraty is a small township on Brazil’s Costa Verde, midway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Bordered by rain forest and azure waters, it is the perfect place to relax for a few nights when traveling between the two cities. As a colonial port, Paraty was vital to the exportation of gold, but it was later almost forgotten about until the 1960s, when it was connected by road to Rio. It is now a hub for art lovers, laidback tourists, and eco tourists, its cobbled streets closed to automobiles and lined with restaurants, shops, bars, art galleries, artisan boutiques, and colonial-style houses painted in bold colors. Paraty is blessed with some of Costa Verde’s best beaches, and activities include snorkeling, surfing, and boating to neighboring islands. To sample cahaca, the intoxicatingly delicious spirit made from sugarcane juice, head into the hills and visit one of only six distilleries still producing the sweet, syrupy beverage.