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The city of Paraty, located between mountains and sea, is a unique blend of history, tradition and culture with a meeting with nature of one of the most beautiful places in Brazil.
Festival da Pinga Pinga is an alcoholic drink made from sugar cane that actually is the same that the popular cachaça. The difference is at the production process as the pinga is distilled from the sugar cane juice. Paraty has tradition in pinga production since the 17th century and in August host a festival where you can taste the various types of pinga as well as typical foods and listen to music bands.
FLIP The “Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty” (International Literary Festival of Paraty) annually brings together national and international writers. At the festival there is books launching and direct contact between the public and writers in lectures and discussions.
History, culture and tradition
Established in the first half of 16th century Paraty became the second most important port of Brazil colonial period where the gold was shipped to Portugal.
With cobble stoned streets and the most perfect example of Brazilian colonial architecture, protected by federal decree as part of Brazilian National Heritage, Paraty plays an important role of preserve part of the history of Brazil.
Despite being located between the two largest Brazilian cities, Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo, Paraty has the tranquility of a typical small town and do not lost its culture and traditions. Its calendar is full of traditional and religious festivals, such as the “Festa do Divino”, the “Festival da Pinga” and the “Procissão do Fogaréu”.
Meeting with nature and adventures
With the combination of sea and mountains Paraty has one of the most beautiful and best preserved landscapes of Brazil, ideal for those who just want to relax enjoying nature and also for who looks for a bit of adventures.
Its more than 65 islands and 300 beaches provide great schooner trips and nice places to scuba diving and snorkeling. There are paths and trails to biking and trekking. And still is possible do Tree-Top adventures, kayaking, surfing, among other adventures.
The region of Paraty also houses the "Serra da Bocaina" National Park, which protects the plants and the wildlife of the Atlantic Rain Forest.
Rio de Janeiro to Paraty bus
Opt for get in Paraty from Rio by bus is the cheapest option, but should be examined case by case. You can save from US$50 to more than US$250 per person. If the savings is too low I would recommend opting for the transfer, as it receives you at the airport and takes you directly to Paraty, being more safe.
Paraty tourism structure and how to get there
Paraty is a major Brazilian tourism destination and offers a good structure to receive tourists. There are more than 150 inns and small hotels, over 70 restaurants and many tourism operators specialized in different public and activities.
The city has a small airport but the most common for international tourists is arriving in Rio, or even São Paulo, and get in Paraty by road, usually via transfer provided by hotels or tour operators.
For those opting for regular bus from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty should go to the "Novo Rio" bus station and buy the ticket from "Viação Costa Verde". The trip takes about 4 hours and I recommend try the left window seat to enjoy the beautiful landscapes if you'll travel by day. And if this is your option be sure to read "How to get from Rio de Janeiro airports to Novo Rio bus station".