Parati Things to Do

  • Anchoring by a beach near Paraty.
    Anchoring by a beach near Paraty.
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    Strolling the Streets of Historic Centre

    by mircaskirca Updated Apr 12, 2010

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    The first and most famous attraction in Paraty is the Centro Historico, a historical monument with its architecture from Brazil's colonial period. Today the centre is well-preserved tourist area, filled with good restaurants, bars, shops with local handicrafts, galleries and churches. It is usually full of street vendors, artists and performing groups. The main praça (square) features the town's principal church and many sidewalk cafes.

    Paraty is a perfect place simply to wander around without any particular plan. Each turn of the corner brings another picturesque view. You can walk the cobblestone streets of Paraty hours and hours admiring the details of all those colourful and centuries-old buildings. It will certainly give you the greatest enjoyment :)

    Be sure to wear good walking shoes as the stone streets are sometimes not so easy to navigate.

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    Visit Parati's churches!

    by tere1 Written Aug 23, 2006

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    Parati is a very small town but has many churches and chapels. Wondering around Parati's historic center you will come across many of them.

    Here are some of the churches you will find:

    - Rosario and Sao Benedito Church
    - Santa Rita Church
    - Matriz Church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
    - Nossa Senhora das Dores Chapel
    - Nossa Senhora da Penha Church
    - Generosa Chapel

    The Church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios is one of the most important and the Church of Santa Rita is Parati's postcard.

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    Casa da Cultura

    by mircaskirca Updated Feb 15, 2008

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    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

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    Paraty's Town Beaches - Pontal and Jabaquara

    by mircaskirca Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    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.

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    Igreja de Santa Rita

    by mircaskirca Updated Feb 15, 2008

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    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

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    Parati's beaches

    by tere1 Written Aug 23, 2006

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    There are so many wonderful beaches around Parati I can only name a few!

    Cachadaço Beach - A natural pool formed by volcanic rocks. You can swim among multi-colored fish, and snorkeling is a must to best appreciate the underwater variety of sea life. Access by boat or by trail.

    Vermelha Beach - A wonderful bay surrounded by lush greenery and with turquoise waters.

    Cepilho Beach - With huge rocks in the middle of the beach.

    There are many more, you just have to hop around or drive with a good map in hands to discover these excellent unspoiled and almost desert beaches!

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    Forte Defensor Perpetuo

    by mircaskirca Updated Feb 15, 2008

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    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.

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    Church of Santa Rita

    by toonsarah Written Jan 24, 2008

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    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.

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    Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Dores

    by mircaskirca Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    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

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    Trindade

    by Zarah Written Jan 25, 2004

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    Trindade - or Trinidad in Portuguese - is a must see beach town 30 minutes from Parati. There are several beaches to visit in this area - some with calm waters for swimming, others with waves for surfing. In addition to the beautiful beaches, there is a natural swimming pool closeby. It's called Caxa d'Aco. You can hire a boat for $5 and it will take you directly to the natural pool in minutes. Several boats line the beach. Or you can hike over a mountain (this will take you about 30 mins.) to get to the natural pool for free. Once you get to the natural pool you can rent snorkelling equipment and buy a caipirinha from a vendor set up on the rocks. This natural pool is one of the most amazing sites I've even visited. The pool is created by giant boulder rocks that enclose a small swimming area. You can swim in the "pool" or sunbathe on one of the smooth rocks.

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    Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario e Sao Benedito

    by mircaskirca Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    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

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    Cruise by Paraty Bay

    by Mazely Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    This is a budget cruise (20 reais per person) that really worths! Between 10 and 11 a.m., from the pier close to Santa Rita Church, the baleeiras, escunas and yachts leave following an itinerary that changes from day to day, but that is always beautiful. It includes a visit to the islands, to beaches (usually Praia Vermelha) and a stop among ornamental fishes; you can dive among them, with snorkels (of couse there are specialized cruises, where you can dive properly with specific equipment, that you can rent close to the pier). In the end (at about 5 p.m.), you swam a lot, took a lot of sun, relaxed... it's ALL GOOD!

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    Boat Tour though the Paraty Bay

    by Alless Written Dec 27, 2003

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    The Paraty Bay, with its still wild beaches and islands, is one of the most beautiful places in the Brazilian coastline. Its clear and calm waters, full of colorful fishes are an invitation for a good dive that you cannot refuse. Doubtless, this is a tour that pleases everyone, from all ages and styles. From big schooners to small trawlboats, there are many options to enjoy Paraty. Diving and fishing are common activities among the tourists.

    The tours last about 4-5 hours, with daily leave from the pier.
    price is around R$20,00 per person

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    Trindade

    by Alless Written Dec 27, 2003

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    This is also a "obligatory" tour in Paraty. The charming fishermen village of Trindade has a rich history to tell, besides 7 fantastic beaches.
    Brava Beach: Wild beach with an access by a trail from the road to Trindade.
    Cepilho Beach: Surfers beach with access by car, with bar and parking lot
    Fora beach or Ranchos beach: Huge beach that bounds the village. Has many bars with delicacies and drinks.
    Meio Beach: One of Paraty's postcard. Small beach, normally with calm waters and few bars.
    Cachadaýo Beach: reachable by trail. Huge beach with some camping areas without electricity. Be careful with holes and tides. Lifeguard presence.
    Figueira Beach or Pelados Beach: So called for the practice of nudism in the beach. Reachable by trails. Small beach.
    Cachadaýo: Marvelous place. Huge rock formations create a natural pool with seawater. A real natural aquarium where you can swim near the fish. Reachable by trails.

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    Waterfalls and Alembics

    by Alless Written Dec 27, 2003

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    After days of intense sea, nothing is better than visit the waterfalls which exist in the way to the mountain ridge: Pedra Branca, Tobogý, Corisco and many other spots where the river invites us for a refreshing bath. In these courses it is possible to make a stop at the ancient alembics to get to know the traditional process of making and of course tasting the famous Brazilian "pinga".

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