This week’s edition of #PhotoFriday finds us in the quaint and picturesque town of Paraty, Brazil.
We have previously visited Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande. This is therefore our third location on our round the world trip. We didn’t really know what to expect here, but were pleasantly surprised when we arrived.
First of all Paraty is a lovely colonial town, on the coast about 6 hours drive out from Rio. Its pedestrianised historical town centre has quaint cobbled streets lined with colourful shops and restaurants.
According to the Lonely Planet Guide, Paraty only has four churches and a museum. It took us less than 90 minutes to lazily wander round and see all of the ‘attractions’. Most noteworthy was this church which is by far the biggest. In addition, legend has it that it was financed by pirate treasure.
Outside of Paraty there are loads of waterfalls. The best way to reach them is by booking on to one of the many tours on offer. Each waterfall has its own benefits, the most famous being Cachoeira Do Tobogã, where tourists and locals alike go to slide down the huge smooth rocks into the pool below.
Brazil’s famous spirit, Cachaça, used to be called Paraty until around a century ago. This was because of the amount of distilleries in the area. Whilst some are just an excuse to sell you something, some offer an interesting insight into the production of this rum. Brazil’s most famous cocktail – the Caipirinha, is used making this spirit.
During our time in Paraty we also saw some of these little guys who were hanging out in the trees. They are so cute! Seeing and feeding monkeys made D very happy. In Rio, he had been disappointed not to see any (especially as some of our friends did).
Have you been to Paraty? What did you get up to whilst you were there? Which is your favourite photo in this post and why? Get in touch in the comments below.
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