Trindade is a a charming fishing village gifted with many gorgeous beaches and wonderful landscape!!! It gives you the feeling of freedom because its beaches are very long, the surroundings very green and the village small and fitting to the environment. I hope it will never change...
The tracks leading to the nearby beaches are perfect as they pass by beautiful waterfalls and through lush vegetation sometimes giving you stunning views. Some of the most popular waterfalls are La Pedra que Engole, Galeta and Ponta Negra.
La Piscina da Caixadaco, a wonderful natural swimming pool surrounded by big rocks, is a special sight, which you should not miss. If you don't feel like trekking, you can take a boat from the nearby beach for only 5R. The boats come and go to the pool very often.
You should not leave Trindade without visiting at least four of its stunning beaches around it. Most are good for swimming, some are good for surfing and all of them are ideal for sunbathing and relaxing!!!
If you have time, remember to visit also Ponta Negra, Praia de Sono, Praia Brava, and Praia das Conchas.
Don't forget to taste the wonderful pizzas in the pizzaria on the main road. And the tasty local food in restaurants or hotel restaurants.
There are very nice hotels on the beach front with excellent view of the cove. In case everything is booked or it is too expensive, try a hostel at the foot of the mountain where the environment is equally beautiful.
Trindade is also interesting to visit in their winter, June to August because there is much less crowded and it's still beautiful...
Diving, snorkeling and fishing are possible all year around.
I stayed in Pousada Beija Flor. This pousada is built next to a small stream with nice views to its lush banks from its balcony . Prices are 40 R for 1 person and 70R for 2, including a very rich breakfast, In the rooms there is a fridge, TV(1 channel) and bathroom.
(21) 9678-9423 (24) 3371 5176 Rua das Flores, s/n -corner with Rua Joao Possidonio
tel: (24) 3371-5176 Fabiana & Didier
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This tourist office is very near The official Office of Tourism of the town, on Praca de Chafariz. There are many things you can arrange to do with them. They seem reliable, efficient and well organised.
I took a schooner trip around the peninsula of Paraty. The boat was comfortable, the captain very professional and the staff who accompanied us impeccable. Someone explained everything we saw, in Portuguese. English is spoken in the office and I suppose they have english speaking guides.
There are different departure times so you can choose the best for you.
We stopped at four different places and had a wonderful swim in the crystal clear water of Paraty Bay. Our stops lasted about 45 minutes, which was long enough. Lunch was optional and served towards the end of the trip and was really tasty and large. We paid about 20R for it and 40R more for the whole trip. Fruit and refreshments were on the house. The whole trip lasted about 5 hours. Masks for snorkeling were provided.
Other excursions of the same agency include Jeep tours to waterfalls and the Gold Trail, an interesting visit to Trindade for 6 hours, an excursion to Praia de Sono, an intact beach near a small fishing village, a City Tour, bike tours, horseback riding, diving courses, kayak tours with snorkeling, and boat rentals.
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In 1636 the population had increased so a rich local lady donated her land for a town to be built. She demanded that a church be constructed so the church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios was built. It was first built in 1646, then demolished and rebuilt in 1712, much bigger this time. Then it was reconstructed again from 1789 until 1873.
Of neoclassical style, it stands out for its grandeur. It occupies a whole block near the old bridge. The great masses and religious events take place in this church.
*You can have nice boat trips to fine beaches of the bay or on the islands.
*You can hike in the verdant surroundings to see beautiful waterfalls, and the rich flora and fauna of the pretected areas of Paraty.
*You can walk on the old Gold Trail which Indiands Guaiana used for hundreds of years.
*You can walk or take a carriage in the romantic cobblestone streets of the historical center admiring the
well-preserved colonial architecture and visiting historical monuments.
*You can go to Trindade and maybe stay there for a few days.
*You can go scuba diving or snorkeling, horseback riding or biking.
*You can attend the puppet theater .
*You can rent a boat for a private trip of your taste.
*You can also visit a "fazenda" to discover the secrets of producing coffee or cachaca.
*You can have a jeep tour to the remote beaches , waterfalls, mountains and islands. A jeep trip is an excellent way to discover the magic and wild side of Paraty.
(5524 3371-8606/9951-5861 www.jeeptours.com.br or ask at the other tour agencies.)
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The Gold Trail is a 1200 kilometer road built by slaves between the 17th and 18th century and following the Guaiana indians' trail. It is well preserved and it is surrounded by the wonderful landscape of Atlantic Rain Forest of the Serra da Bocaina National Parks. The trail was used to transport Brazilian gold from Minas Gerais to the port in the 18th century to be shipped to Portugal. It was also the only road that connected Paraty with Diamantina in Minas Gerais, Rio and Sao Paulo. It was also used to convey supplies, miners and African slaves over the mountains to the gold mining areas. Hiking on this trail offers walking in the lush forest, waterfalls, ruins, and beautiful vistas.
The beach near the town also called Praia do Pontal is nothing special. It is always crowded with the people living nearby and has nothing to attract you. But it's a good solution when you feel too lazy to go further. There are little coffee shops, some of which serve some simple dishes and pizzas. Prices are 3.50R for a fresh fruit juice and 18-29R for pizzas.
A young woman has put a massage chair under a tree, put on her white uniform to look clean and gives excellent massages for 10 to 15 minutes each time. Price go by the minute..every minute costs one Real. Her name is Ros (Roseleine V.Andrade ) and she is very nice. Her celular is (24) 98237276 / (13) 3592-3752/9747-8021.
Further north on the other side of the hill, Praia Jabaquara is found , a long and very popular beach with kiosks along its coast. Local people come here to stay all day long. I even saw some of them exercising!
There are many more beautiful beaches to the north. Have a look here: Beaches of Paraty Bay!
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The church was built in 1722 for use of the free slaves. It is the oldest church in Paraty. In those times there used to be great celebrations on May 22nd , the Santa Rita's day, but have declined by now. The church and its surroundings are built of stone. The church also has a vestry, a cemetery with a columbarium, and a garden patio.
It was restored in 1967-1976. At that time the museum of Sacred Art of Paraty was created with the purpose of encouraging, research, conservation, exhibition and promotion of of the sacred art collection which belongs to the religious orders of Paraty.
The museum was finished in 1973 and has pictures, statues and silverware from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. There are statues of the patron saint of Paraty, paintings and sculptures of Nossa Senhora de Expectacao and of the Sacred Family. There are also vestments, crowns and maces used at the festival of the divine holy ghost together with the monstrance which carries the host in the procession.
Open 10:00-12:00 13:00-17:00
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The Forte was built on the hill Morro do Forte in 1703 to defend Paraty's Bay from the attacks of pirates. It was outfitted with six big cannons which defended the very important commercial warehouses. They are still lying there. It was reconstructed in 1822 and took its current name of Perpetual Defender to honour the Emperor Don Pedro I.
The best and the only thing to do here on the top of the hill is relax and enjoy the beautiful view.
There is a small museum of Arts and Popular traditions of Paraty.
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There are always businesses and people trying to make a buck in Brazil. One of the best ways to support them without being ripped off is to do something worthwhile. What I found to be one of the best ways to spend money is going on a boat excursion. The trip usually lasts half the day (5 hours-ish), includes lunch and drinks, and takes you around the town's shores to explore islands, dive, swim and be merry. When you check into your pousada, just ask them how you can purchase a boat excursion (should cost around $30-60 per person).
On the excursion I went on, we stopped at an island that was like being in Swiss Family Robinson. There were little trails, places to play hide and seek, little boats, rocks to climb, etc. It's a kid's and a grown up's paradise. Drinks are generally not included in the package.
Walking down the pier in Paraty you'll be approached for a boat tour. It's worth going. There are various boat sizes for various sized groups. Also, there are different tour packages with the length of the tour and whether or not you stop at a beach. I took a tour on the vessel "California". It was appropriate, as I am Californian, and Angeleno to be even more exact.
I recommend a tour. It's fun, the outlying beaches/coastlines are lovely, as is being out on the water.
Follow Rua Santa Rita, the continuation of the town's only bridge, which rises as it leads away from the port. Turn right along Rua do Comercio and continue for about 20 minutes, when you will come to the Morro da Vilha Velha (Old Town Hill).
In 1703 a fort was built on the hill to defend Paraty from pirates seeking to plunder gold ships leaving the port. It was rebuilt in 1822 and named Forte Defensor Perpetuo (Fort of the Perpetual Defender) for Dom Pedro I.
From here there is a panoramic vista over Praia do Pontal and a romantic view of the bay. The fort now houses the Museo de Artes e Tradicoes Populares, a small museum of folk art and regional traditions, with displays of canoes, nets and other traditional fishing equipment.
It is open Wed-Sun 9am-noon and 2-5pm.
Visiting churches in Paraty is travelling through the history of Colonial Brazil and Igreja de Santa Rita is the oldest and architecturally most significant. It once served as the main church until the Matriz was built. Completed in 1722, it was the church of freemen, former slaves who earned or payed for their liberty.
The structure is notable for its elaborate facade done in Portuguese Baroque style. It's a typical Jesuit church with a tower and three front windows. The old catacombs used to be right next to the church.
Today it houses a small religious art museum Museo de Arte Sacra that holds some antique furniture and many important pieces in wood and terracota. The image of Sao Sebasiao from the 17th century, silver candle holders, gold crowns and other valuable objects are on display at the vault.
It is open Wed-Sun 9am-noon and 2-5pm
Paraty's Casa da Cultura (House of Culture) is perfect place to start your visit of Paraty and learn more about its culture and history. One would not expect to find such an excellent, high tech museum as this while walking in the historic town of Paraty.
Casa da Cultura occupies a historic 18th century house which opened to the public in 2004. It holds a permanent exhibition on local history and culture. The collection presents all kind of items from the daily life of the residents of Paraty. Especially interesting is Salon of Indigenous Culture.
This museum celebrates the history and people of Paraty with audio and video clips, photography, maps and other documents. There are more than 140 photographs and numerous video screens that give a very realistic view of ordinary life there.
Casa da Cultura also has a 170 seat auditorium, temporary exhibition room, bookshop, cafe and shop that sells local arts and crafts, works made by Paraty most famous artists.
It is open Thurs-Mon 10am-6:30pm
Praia do Pontal is closest to the Paraty centre, easily accessed on foot by crossing the bridge on the north side of town and following the road to the right. Pontal is not the prettiest beach in the area, but it does offer a few kiosks for sitting and gazing out to the islands.
Follow Rua Santa Rita, the street that rises away from the port, turn left along Rua do Comercio and follow it down to Praia do Jabaquara, a beach with clam fishermen. It is more frequented than Pontal and offers campgrounds and some waterfront kiosks where you can get a drink and snack. At low tide it is possible to walk to the island opposite the beach.
At the far end of its two-kilometer extension of Praia do Jabaquara are therapeutic mud pools. You can dip yourself any time of the day or night. The mud baths are mainly used during Carnaval festivities when locals go running through the town as cave people, covered in mud. The mud makes the local waters a bit less clear than other beaches but the water is warm and friendly.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario e Sao Benedito was built and used originally by African slaves. It is the second oldest church in Paraty, dating back to 1725.
The church has a much simpler, more rustic style than the others in Paraty and this style is also typical to 16th and 17th centuries in Rio and Minas Gerais. Highlights insight are the carved wooden piece holding the central chandelier and the images of Santa Barbara and Sao Francisco.
Every year in the first week of December the festivities of Sao Benedito are held in this church.
It is open Wed-Sun 9am-noon and 1:30-5pm