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Paraty, Brazil

Paraty, Brazil

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s we continued our journey south we reached Paraty. Its charming colonial downtown consists of 17th and 18th century buildings dating back to Paraty’s heyday as a port town during the Brazilian Gold Rush. The buildings are gorgeously maintained and, combined with cobblestone streets and a lack of cars in the historic zone, make for an Instagrammer’s dream destination. We stayed at Casa Colonial, a lovely hotel made from two 18th century buildings that had been combined and beautifully refurbished, and strolled the streets, stopping at sweet carts and for an upscale take on classic Brazilian caiçara (SW coastal) cuisine at Pousada Literaria.

The historical town center is relatively small, enough to stroll in an afternoon. The true treat of the region is the preserve just to the south, for which there are dozens of boats eager to take you to see the many beaches, small islands, and even a fjord. We’ll have to come back to do that part justice.