Paraty is a Historical National Landmark and its preserved 18th century buildings turn the city into one of the most enchanting sceneries of the state.
Paraty is one of the most enchanting sceneries of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Declared a Historical National Landmark, the city was founded in the 18th century, when it was the main point for distributing the gold that came from Minas Gerais. Squeezed between the sea and the mountain, it still preserves the houses of that time period in the Historical Center, formed by colonial manors, churches from the 18th and 19th centuries and streets cobbled in “pé-de-moleque” stone by slaves, where the traffic of automobiles is forbidden. But, when wandering around the alleys of the Historical Center, the tourist has a much-appreciated surprise. Charming inns, lively bars and restaurants commanded by renowned chefs bring tradition together with what’s best in tourism. It’s there where the FLIP (Paraty International Literature Festival) and the Pinga Festival, the most well-known events of the city, take place.
But Paraty doesn’t live off of history alone: located in a bay with clear blue water, the city also has many beaches – some aren’t even urbanized and have villages for fishermen. For the more adventurous, there are boat rides and great diving places in the neighboring islands. In the Paraty-Cunha road, there are many natural pools that are formed by beautiful waterfalls and are perfect for a bath, like Pedra Branca and Tobogã. On the other hand, Trindade village attracts the young public with its wild beaches that are accessible via trail, such as Sono and Cachadaço.