We arrived in Paraty after a long and eventful bus ride. Our bus hit a car at a traffic light a couple hours into the ride from Sao Paolo! Fortunately the damage to the front of the bus was minor, and we were all wearing seatbelts, so we could continue after an hour. Arriving late afternoon, we got a first glimpse of Paraty as we walked to our Pousada (sort of hotel). Paraty is a small city founded during the gold rush in the 1800’s. Our Pousada is just across the bridge from the city centre, so we had this great view as we neared the hotel!
After unpacking, we went out again for an evening walk around the city. Paraty has a beautiful historic centre. It’s closed off for cars mostly, so you can enjoy the streets in peace. The streets are very cobbled though, so it’s really difficult to walk and look around at the pretty buildings at the same time!
We went for dinner at Maria Fulô Bistrô, and loved their filled tapiocas (sort of pancake but delicious) and cocktails. It became the only place we ate in Paraty!
The next morning, we wanted to go on a boat tour visiting the neigbouring islands and beaches. Paraty beach isn’t so nice as a river makes the water brown and full of mud. But go a few kilometers away, and you find clear waters! We walked towards the pier to arrange a last minute boat.
We managed to book a nice boat, and an hour later, we were off! We had great sunbeds (the only boat to have this) and got a good tan before arriving at our first beach.
Our day was filled with sunbathing, swimming, and we also had a snorkel. Holiday mood = on!
The day flew past and it was definitely worth the 90 reais (23 dollar)!
We made another evening stroll towards our favorite bistro, and really felt relaxed.
On our final morning in Paraty, we made another city stroll. Most shops haven’t opened their shutters yet, so the streets looked even more colourful.
We fell in love with Paraty and its laid-back atmosphere. We wouldn’t mind staying here for longer.
Alas, Rio is calling us! Let’s hope this bus ride goes more smoothly…