Brazil is a country full of color, rich with history and known for its beautiful beaches (and beautiful people). A visit to the town of Paraty, nestled on Costa Verde in the state of Rio de Janeiro, offers travelers a taste of the country’s natural beauty, colonial history and bold flavor. Whether it’s relaxing on one of the pristine beaches, wandering cobblestone streets of the Historic Center or touring the colonial churches that dot the landscape, Paraty is the perfect place to soak up the sun and experience real Brazil.
Day 1: Hit the Beach
The coast of Partay is lined with white sand and quiet shores that offer a perfect escape from the hustle of Brazil’s more populated cities. Grab a bus from town and head to Sono Beach. Travelers rave about the picturesque hike that winds through lush tropical rainforests and ultimately leads to epic ocean views. Ascend on the shores of this remote destination and lounge in the sand before taking a dip in the refreshing waters. Afterwards, follow the jungle trail to nearby Antigos Beach and Ponta Negros—equally beautiful but even more remote.
Day 2: Explore History
After soaking up some sun, spend the day soaking up some history. Start the morning sipping strong coffee and people watching on the grassy lawns of quaint Martiz Square in Paraty’s Historic Center. Then wander the streets and take in the town’s impressive colonial architecture. Stop by Ingera Marriz Nossa Senhora do Rosario, the largest church in town, before heading to the Paraty House of Culture to delve into the town’s history and people.
Day 3: Get Outdoors
Paraty is filled with beaches, but it’s also home to some incredible untouched nature reserves. Take a day and head to Serra da Bocaina National Park, a 260,000-acre forest, where well-marked trails lead to incredible views. The 16-kilometer hike to Bacia Peak is a popular day trip, where steep climbs to the second tallest mountain in the range end at impressive views of the Paraiba Valley