The city of Paraty is considered, together with another group of Brazilian cities, a Mecca for backpackers. When I decided to travel he had no idea of the existence of this place, but people named it so many times along the way that I had to go see it with my own eyes.
Paraty for all tastes
Located halfway between the two giants, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on the Atlantic coast, it is an ideal destination for those who want to relax and unwind, for the more adventurous, who like to see the history of a region reflected on the walls, the streets and the people, both for those who want to have fun.
Paraty was equipped with a lush and diverse nature, beaches as Jabaquara, Praia do Sono, and the close Trindade, in addition to a set of sixty-five islands. Surrounded by hills covered by Atlantic forest also offers rivers and waterfalls, many of which require walking trails between the mount, and particularly a waterfall which, thanks to the rock formation and moss that comes over it originates a natural waterslide which allows slipping, both sitting and standing, and end up in a small lake; and for the more adventurous, metres away there is a large rock since it can be made a jump of about ten metres to the river.
In addition to the beauty that nature offers, Paraty is an ancient city full of history and legends, which still retains its historic churches, cobblestone streets and colonial houses that mostly have been restored keeping its style, to currently be regional crafts shops, restaurants and bars.
The gastronomic offer paratyense is so varied that it is possible to find typical dishes of the region, to Arab restaurants, oriental food, barbecues in the style of Rio Grande do Sul, Argentinean restaurants, Italian and cachaçarias.
Art & Culture
But from my point of view, the richest of Paraty is its culture. The evening turns into a more magical place yet, the streets and bars are filled with musicians of all genres and nationalities playing, people painting pictures, performing a wide variety of crafts, including indigenous peoples, poetry, juggling, candombe.
Almost every night it is possible to find a party, a recital, stove on the beach, or interesting people with whom to share a caipirinha and a good talk; but particularly, at different times of the year, Paraty dresses prom to be the scene of great festivals nationally, such as the Burbon Festival Paraty, one of the festivals of jazz and blues more important throughout Brazil, which is usually performed in the month of may; the FLIP, International Literary Party of Paraty, with more than two hundred free literary events, for five days in July; and from this year the MIMO, also takes place during the month of August Mostra Internacional de Musica em Olinda,opening their horizons to other historical cities in the country.
One of most phrases I’ve heard especially of mouth of foreigners who chose Paraty to live, is that it has an “I don’t know what” that will not let you go; I personally thought to spend three or four days in Paraty and stayed more than one month, and was not sufficient to meet all the nice things that has to offer.
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