We arrived in Parati at 4am(!) and spent a slightly scary couple of hours playing cards at the bus station before we got to see how truly stunning Parati is. Our first sight of the bay, with its white sand, blue sea, the distant trees of the Atlantic Rainforest, and dozens of picture-perfect islands, will stay with us for a long time! We meant to just pass through on our way to Ilha Grande, but stayed a few days because leaving our lovely hotel, the pretty cobbled streets with their colouful houses, and the stunning coast was difficult!! We spent a day on a boat tour visiting nearby beaches and islands and snorkling, and met a lovely Brazilian couple who put up with our bad Portuguese for an evening drink. Then, since Trinidade (with its seven beaches, pretty little waterfalls which a dog took us to(!), and an incredible blue-green natural swimming pool formed by rocks in the sea) was just half an hour away, we had to go there too!