When you think of Brazil, a few specific things likely come to mind. If you’re like most, you probably think of the Amazon rainforest, Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, and perhaps the oddly geometric capital city of Brasilia.
But Brazil is SO much more than parties, rainforest, and an extensive planned city…
A former Portuguese colony, Paraty retains much of its old colonial charm and beauty. Cobblestone streets and vibrantly colored colonial style houses are found throughout the historic heart of the city. Surrounding this beautiful town, adventurous travelers will find lush tropical forests, cool pools fed by waterfalls, and numerous hiking opportunities.
Especially popular as a jumping-off point to the nearby island of Ilha Grande, Paraty is worthy of exploration itself as well.