Ilha de Paquetá Travel Guide

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Ilha de Paquetá Things to Do

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    by janaina Written Nov 15, 2002

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    The ever-present beauty of nature is everywhere in this island,specially in the park.
    It's trully a paradise that seems hand-carved by Mother nature itself.
    Atop the lookout point,a panoramic view unfolds-there's the Governor's residence at "Moreninha's beach","Bocoeo Island and "Fiscal Island(the last ball was held in its miniature palace before the fall of the Empire.)

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Ilha de Paquetá Local Customs

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    by janaina Written Nov 15, 2002

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    If you believe in lov,don't miss this one:just along the main street,there's an "Imbondeiro macho" tree,(also called "Obaoba),1.628 years old,better known as "fat maria".
    The locals believe that if you kiss the tree's trunk and make a wish it will come true.
    They believe also that the kiss will bring you luck.

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Ilha de Paquetá Off The Beaten Path

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    by janaina Written Nov 15, 2002

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    You can get carried away by some of the stately facades of the colonial homes,painted in white and pastel shades.
    Some of these really nice properties are avaluated in/around million dollars!
    As a travel tip,I would say:plan a day trip,pack
    a picnic lunch,and after exploring the neighborhood,go to the park for a lisurely afternoon!!

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Ilha de Paquetá Favorites

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    by janaina Written Nov 15, 2002

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    Favorite thing: An island for lovers?Yep,right in the heart of Guanabara Bay!This idyllic island is ideal for getaway from the crowds in Rio,specially if you are with the love of your life!
    As I said,there are no cars in Paqueta and everywhere you see the "charretes"(gaily decorated horse-drawn carriages) and bicicles..and there are no pavements,only mud and gravel,with three-lined streets exuding all the charm of a sleepy little village.
    The pace is slow,the scenery is captivating!

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