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How to get to Paraty:
Paraty airport is a small one and does not receive regular commercial flights. The best, most common and easiest way to get to Paraty is through its nearby hubs, Rio and São Paulo, which receive the majority of International flights in the country.
Both cities are roughly 3:30 – 4:00 hours away from Paraty and it is definitely worth the drive.
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Paraty is in the Southeast of Brazil in the State of Rio de Janeiro. It is South of Rio and North of São Paulo on the coastline, about half way in between the two. Ideally you should bundle it with one or the other and from those two, you can reach anywhere in Brazil.
If you are doing Rio and São Paulo you can even do Paraty as a stopover between the two and do it by land, rather than by air.
What to see:
The small town of Paraty is a historical stronghold of Rio. It is Famous for its stone streets, dating back to the slavery era in Brazil, with colonial buildings such as houses, restaurants and stores, all restored and intact. For this reason, you have to take a city tour, in order to learn more of the rich history of this region.
An interesting thing you'll notice early on is lack of cars or any other motor vehicles in its historic center, where they are prohibited. You will be enticed by the charm of the city while walking through the streets of Paraty.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Paraty is a quiet town, where tourists` only intent is discovering its history. Throughout the year, the city hosts many events such as the Festival of Cachaça and FLIP (International Literary Fair of Paraty).
Paraty unending allure also extends to its natural beauty, such as the village of Trindade (Trinity), with four beaches and natural pools of warm and crystalline waters, known as "caixa d'aço.".
There lies the perfect place to practice sports such as diving. Trindade also holds other secrets. By making your way through a small trail through the woods, you get to Praia do Sono, which is one of the most famous beaches among tourists and locals alike, for being too clean and secluded.
Paraty offers a lot of culture, history and nature. It is definitely a place for the whole family, satisfying people of all ages.
Climate and Temperature in Paraty:
Paraty’s climate is the same as Rio de Janeiro’s . Warm from November through the end of March. The average maximum temperature in those months are close to 30 Degrees Celsius or 86 Fahrenheit. But it is not unusual, except for the winter months, to get peaks of 40 Celsius or 104 Fahrenheit on some days. It rains more during these warm months.
The coldest months are May through August with temperatures usually around 20 Degrees Celsius or 68 Degrees Fahrenheit, getting slightly warmer in the sunny days in around noon and a little bit chili early in the morning and during the evenings.
In the months of April, September and October, the temperatures are mild. Some cool days and some warm days.
The Best time to go:
The best time to go to Paraty is from October through March when is hotter, since it is a beach destination
What to try from the local cuisine:
Peixe Azul Marinho – Cooked Fish, commonly served with green bananas. As a side, you add maioc flower to the broth in each the fish was cooked. This side is known as “pirão”.
Lula Recheada – a Full squid filled with chopped and braised squid heads.
Local Time is UTC/GMT – 3. During Daylight savings, from mid-october through mid-February. Exact dates vary as the time change is always on Saturdays.
Currency is the same all over Brazil - BRL – R$ - Brazilian Reais. Pronounced as Re-eyes (plural) or Re-owl (singular). No establishment accepts payment in any currency other than BRL.
Tap water is not drinkable. You should only drink bottled water. That is what you’ll be served when you ask for “water” anywhere you go.
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