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Perfectly Paraty

My Paraty photo diary

sunny 27 °C

After more than 24 miserable hours in transit we found ourselves in the little town of Paraty on Brazil’s Costa Verde (green coast). We were well rewarded for our marathon journey from Iguazu falls. This place was paradise and had me written all over it – colonial buildings with rainbow paint jobs, old world charm and an interesting history all set along a beautiful stretch of sparkly turquoise sea.

Back in the day the Portuguese used the port of Paraty to get their gold home. In this era of prosperity beautiful churches, government buildings and two story homes were constructed – many of which still remain. The cobblestone roads, still exactly as the African slaves built them, are incredible. The stones are so big and bumpy you have to be careful not to twist your ankle while going for a stroll.

In addition to exploring the historical centre it’s a must to spend a day sailing in the bay. There are more than 65 islands sprinkled across the emerald water. The tourist trips visit about four islands where you can snorkel or simply lounge on the beach. We felt like millionaires on our sailboat complete with giant white sails, three decks and a bloke singing Jack Johnson-esque tunes.

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We are loving Brazil and its unique flavour. Although we’re struggling with the prices and the language. Turns out Portuguese isn’t as similar to Spanish as we hoped.

Next stop – the big one - Rio de Janeiro!

Stay posted.

Posted by elyshahickey 13:11 Archived in Brazil Tagged culture history sun sailing brazil colonial

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That looks like the same yacht Mum and I were on...Were they still talking about the balding Aussie middle-age man who sang "Girl from Ipanema" to some crazy Brazillians?
Love Dadda X

by robert hickey

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