Dating back to 1800, graceful Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Dores was once the favourite with local aristocrats. Later it was used mostly by rich women of the society. They would enter the church and watch the services, while their slaves waited outside. The building was later renovated in 1901.
The altars are dedicated to Nossa Senhora das Dores and Senhor Bom Jesus. The image of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, that is originally from this church, was stolen. It was recovered in the 1990's and now can be seen at the Museum of Sacred Art.
The church stands on the bank of the bay near the town's principal pier and is a clear landmark as you approach paraty by boat.
It is open daily 1-5pm
This photo was taken from the main pier, and is the classic view of Parati. It shows the church of Santa Rita set against a background of lush green hills.
The church, the oldest in Parati, was built by freed slaves in 1722 and despite its plain exterior, displays some fine rococo artwork. It also houses the small Museum of Sacred Art (Wed-Sun 10am-noon and 2-5pm; R$4/US$1.65), which is worth a visit, though it wasn’t open when we were there. A shame, as it apparently holds a superb 18th-century terracotta pietà. This image was stolen from the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church in Parati several years ago and later recovered from a junk shop in Rio.
The building just to the left of the church was once the town jail and is all that remains of the former Forte Patitiba, a fort built in the city for defense of the harbour. Now it is home to the city library and historic institute.
Paraty village was founded in 1667 around the Church of " Nossa Senhora dos Remedios" its patron saint. It had a significant economic importance due to its sugar cane mills ( it used to have over 250 distilleries), and the name " paraty " was at a certain time synonym of a very good sugar cane rum "Cachaça".
In the 18th century, the port of Paraty was an important outlet for the gold and precious stones brought on horseback from Minas Gerais State to be shipped to Portugal.However, constant pirate assaults who took refuge in beaches such as Trindade, led to abandoning the gold route, resulting in a great economic isolation.
After the opening of the Rio-Santos Highway in the seventies, Paraty became an attraction for Brazilian and international tourism, due to its good state of preservation and thanks to its natural beauties as it is surrounded everywhere by the Mata Atlantica, the luscious Atlantic Forest.
The bahia de Parati is a complex of Island situated on the south coast of Rio de Janeiro. Taking a boat from the port at Parati and exploring some of these Islands is one of the main attractions of the town itself. The problem is that most of the Islands are privately owned leaving just a few accessible to the public. having said that, it is worth the visit
Only by taking a boat you can reach special beaches where the nature rules, thick vegetation and golden sand plus such a sparkling and cool water. It is always better when you pick up a real hot sunny day.
In Paraty you still can find beaches which used to be the same when the first portuguese colonizers set foot in the 16th Century!;)
One of them is called Paraty-Mirim
Marcone and Graziella really had lots of fun!;)
One of the first thing you have to do is going to the pier and find a way to take a boat and explore the virgin islands and hidden beaches of Paraty area.
You have two options:
IN THE MAIN PIER YOU WILL FIND BIG SCHOONER BOATS THAT TAKES YOU OUT FOR THE WHOLE DAY, and you will be together with more people crazy to enjoy all the great things the nature provides.
OR IF YOU LOOK FOR MORE PRIVACY THAN YOU CAN JUST RENT A FISHERMEN BOAT AT THE SAME PIER, the boats are safe, the person who owns the boat are most of the times simple men who are very proud to show you anything. their prices are quite good and you can take more than 3 people with you, so the price can be splitted.
Marcone, my great companior and trip partner went there with my best friend Graziella, and he felt just one more fish in such a glorious ocean water....You can tell by his face that he really appreciated everything!;)
On the opposite side of Praia dos Ranchos, after crossing the campings, you´ll reach Praia do Meio (Middle Beach), the most beautiful of Trindade in my opinion.
The small bay is divided in two by a huge rock formation, which gives it a special charm. The views from the cliffs are amazing!!!
It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy everything that a beach can offer you. And the atmosphere is great!!! DON´T MISS IT!!!
Praia dos Ranchos (Huts´Beach) is the closest beach to the village of Trindade. The "huts" are bars that line the whole beach.
I haven´t spent much time here because it was too crowded (I´ve preferred to stay at Praia do Meio), but it looks like an excellent place to sunbath and swim with many options to eat and drink.
The first beach you see when you arrive in Trindade is Praia do Cepilho, which is a long and wide beach, not as crowded as the ones I´ll mention in my next tips.
It is said that this beach is the favorite of surfers, but I haven´t seen many waves there so... good luck to you surfers!!!
If you walk until the end of Cepilho´s Beach, you´ll reach the village (10 or 15 minutes). Or you can reach it by car following the road after sightseeing the beach.
Trindade is a small fishermen village located 30km from Paraty at Rio-Santos Road (around Km 268). Only 3000 inhabitants live in Trindade, but during summer holidays the village is invaded by thousands of tourists and the population is multiplied by 10!!! Try to avoid visiting during theses periods and you´ll be able to enjoy it more than I did...
It´s completely different from Paraty. The number of guesthouses and pensions is quickly raising, but most of the visitors still prefer to sleep in campings. The average age of visitors is very different from Paraty as well... here youth takes control because everything is much cheaper (from eating to lodging).
Highlights here are: Praia do Meio and Praia dos Ranchos (the best ones to sunbath and swim) and the Piscina Natural do Cachadaço (Natural Swimming Pool).
Pelado means "Naked Guy", so "Ilha do Pelado" means something like "Naked Guy Island". I honestly don´t know (and our guide also didn´t) why it got this name, but it is definitely not a naturist beach...
We´ve preferred to spend our afternoon here instead of staying at São Gonçalo Beach. There are 3 small and narrow beaches separated by big rocks. Bar da Beth (Beth´s Bar) offers tables, nice snacks and drinks. It´s the perfect place to enjoy a day at the beach!!!
São Gonçalo Beach, located around 30km from Paraty, is easily accessed by car as the road to Angra dos Reis passes right next to it.
It is a beautiful beach with calm waters, almost like a swimming pool.
From São Gonçalo Beach, you can take a boat (R$2,00) to Ilha do Pelado (something like "Naked Guy Island"), which, in spite of the name, is not a naturist beach.
Our "pousada" was located at this beach, which is one of the closest to Paraty Historical Center, right next to the Mount of the Fort (5 minutes by car, 15 minutes walking).
It is an ordinary beach, good to lay back and relax, but not so good for swimming because the surface bellow the water is a little muddy...
"Sapeca" means "Naughty Girl" or something like that. It is an old brazilian slang... not so used nowadays, which makes it kinda funny to translate it like that...
This was the last stop of our boat tour around Paraty Bay. It is a very small island with only one kyosk selling snacks and drinks. The landscape around it is very beautiful and we were lucky (no... I don´t think I can use this word after almost 4 hours of rain) that the rain gave us a break and the sun showed up to greet us. Beautiful place!!!
The second stop of our boat tour was at Praia Vermelha (Red Beach). The beach got its name because of the seaweeds brought by the sea that used to paint red the sand. Nowadays it doesn´t happen anymore, but the name was kept.
Praia Vermelha is a perfect beach to relax and sunbath. There are also 2 kyosks at this beach where you can eat and drink something.
We were very unlucky with the weather on that day, but it didn´t stop us from enjoying as much as we could...