Ilha de Paquetá Things to Do
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.)
Ilha de Paquetá Local Customs
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.
Ilha de Paquetá Off The Beaten Path
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!!
Ilha de Paquetá Favorites
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!