Welcome to Paraty

The area surrounding Paraty is a nature-lover's paradise, offering some of southeastern Brazil's prettiest coastal and mountain scenery. Dozens of pristine beaches are easily accessible by boat or bus, while inland, the Parque Nacional da Serra da Bocaina protects a lush remnant of mata atlântica (Atlantic rainforest).

Throughout the year, Paraty brims with Brazilian and international vacationers. The town’s cosmopolitan flavor is further enhanced by the multitude of artists, writers and chefs, both Brazilian and foreign, who have settled here.

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$114 Tours & Sightseeing

Paraty City Sightseeing Tour

After your guide picks you up at your hotel in Paraty, embark on a 2-hour sightseeing tour of the colonial city with your small group. Your guide will point out the town's preserved 18th-century architecture, which together forms a National Historic Monument in Brazil. Be sure to keep your camera at the ready for fantastic photo opportunities while you stroll along the cobblestone in the historic city center, which provides pedestrian-only access. Head to the Casa da Cultura (House of Culture), a colonial mansion housing a permanent exhibit that documents the local culture through photos and video. You’ll have great views of the town from this museum, which also holds replica displays of Paraty’s past. Hear legends of the gold and coffee trade as your guide explains Paraty’s history during the last few centuries. Discover the city's unique position in exporting gold to Rio de Janeiro and beyond along the 750-mile (1,200-km) Gold Trail.Visit Baroque churches such as the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, built by and for slaves in 1725, and admire the gilded wooden altars dedicated to St Benedict and St John. Depending on which churches are open, you may also step foot inside the First Church of Our Lady of the Remedies, named after the town's patron saint. Originally built in the late 1700s, the building now houses art from both past and contemporary local artists.When your sightseeing tour ends, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

$55 Water Sports

Kayaking Adventure in Paraty

Meet your guide early in the morning in Jabaquara beach and get ready for this adventure!After safety instruction on the beach from 9am, you will paddle with your guide to islands and beaches in the bay of Paraty in double kayaks. You'll have a 30 minute break at our first stop at Sapeca Island with time for snorkeling and swimming in the warm waters of the bay. After another 10 minutes paddling, past more islands you arrive at Rosa Beach for more swimming. Here you will also eat some fruits and snacks (included).We paddle back to the starting point on a different route, tide permitting, passing through a Mangrove full of wildlife. You arrive back to the starting point at about 1pm.

$53 Outdoor Activities

Waterfall Jungle Jeep Adventure and Cachaca Tour from Paraty

After you’re picked up from your hotel, hop aboard a fully loaded Jeep for an exciting ride down the rugged roads outside Paraty! You’ll drive with a local guide along a scenic route through the Atlantic Forest of Bocaino Mountains National Park (Serra da Bocaina). Among the beautiful flora you’ll find jequitibá, one of the largest trees in the region, as well as Brazilian bamboo, bromeliads and more!The first stop on your 6-hour tour is the Gold Trail Exposition, where you can learn about the history of Brazil’s famous export. This road, paved in steep areas with large stones, connected Paraty by mule train to some of the world’s richest gold mines until the 18th century.Next, pass Toboga Falls — where swimmers coast down a natural 60-foot (18-meter) rock slide into the water — and Tarzan Falls, whose deep pools are accessible via a high-flying rope swing! When you reach the cachaça distillery called Engenho D’Ouro, discover how this popular Brazilian liquor is produced from sugarcane. You’ll taste several varieties of delicious cachaça, which is distilled onsite and aged in wooden casks.Then hop back in the Jeep for a short ride to a great local restaurant, Villa Verde. Enjoy specialty pastas and broiled dishes for lunch (own expense) while relaxing beside another beautiful waterfall. After your meal, take a refreshing dip to cool off in the pristine waters.At the Murycana Farm, another cachaça distillery, you’ll get a glimpse into farm life through a short tour. Your final stop is the Bromeliad Exhibition, where more than 300 species of beautiful plants are on display — an excellent photo op! Complete your tour by driving back to Paraty with drop-off at your hotel.

$30 Tours & Sightseeing

2-Hour Walking Tour of Historic Paraty, Brazil

Meet your guide at Chafariz Square at the entrance to the Paraty Historic centre pedestrian zone and then set off on your 2-hour walking tour of the streets of Paraty. On the way to the Main Square the Portuguese Colonial Architecture it feels like you have stepped back in time to the 19th century. As you wander the streets you will see all the main sites including the Churches (First Church Our Lady of the Remedies, Igreja Nossa Senhora das Dores (Capelinha), Chapel of Saint Rita and the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Benedict), the Casa de Cultura, the old jail, former cinemas, the stations of the Cross and many of the old colonial buildings. Your expert local guide will point out the architectural and urban design features that make Paraty such a unique example of Portuguese colonial architecture. There´ll be time to stop at a cachaça store where you can try the local rum which is still made the traditional way. At the end of the tour you´ll finish on Rua do Comercio, Paraty´s bustling street of stores, where the past meets the present!

$28.91 Day Trips & Excursions


Starting at Pontal beach T 8:30 am, previous briefing & instruction we'll leave  towards pigeon island from where really  starts our adventure, crossing  Paraty's bay, solitaire and full of beauty, just 30 minutes paddling away, we'll arrive at  strait beach & Itu island where we will visit the mangroves, excellent place for bird watching and discovering a lot about its wild life. After here we arrive  at corumbé bay where new surprises are waiting for us & back to Pontal Beach contemplating along the way the great views, local fisher man & the show of the seagulls fishing in the sea . This is an opportunity to take a close look to the endemic  Atlantic forest of the islands & one of the last mangroves remaining in Paraty. Together with new friends and well accompanied by a Local guide that will give us all the support we need and tell all about the history of this wander full place.

$28.77 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

kayaking to the mangroves

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pontal Beach, Paraty, State of Rio de JaneiroNo one imagines that so close from the city center there are so many beauties. Mangroves, islands, solitary beaches, wildlife , and more.... everything at only 30 minutes paddling from Pontal beach. Starting at 8:30 am will let us enjoy this experience under favorable weather & let us use the rest of the day for programming other activities . We'll begin with a short briefing and paddling instruction for afterwards getting the kayaks and heading towards the mangroves. we'll pass by two solitary islands with lots of wild life, birds, seagulls, some turtle maybe? who knows... our first stop will be at strait beach an isolated beach with spectacular views and then... the mangroves, crossing them through a natural tunnel that gives us a filing of tunnel time crossing, finishing into corumbê bay another solitary & spectacular place.Duration: 4 hours