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Oct 20, 2018 - Paraty

First thing this morning we do a tour of the Old city of Paraty. Harry, our local guide, explains that Paraty is a preserved Portuguese colonial town from 1597. After the discovery of the world's richest gold mines in 1696, Paraty became an export port for gold to Rio de Janeiro and from there, on to Portugal. The ensuing gold rush led to the construction of the "Gold Trail", a 1200 kilometre road, paved in steep areas with large stones, which connected Paraty to the gold fields. Not only was it used to transport gold to Paraty, but it was...

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Oct 19, 2018 - Foz de Iguazu via Rio to Paraty

Today we have to leave Iguazu and go to the airport for a 11.10 flight with Avanica to Rio. We are not staying in Rio at the moment but heading to Paraty and going through Rio is the easiest way. The flight actually leaves on time and gets in early. Bonus!!! We are met with a bus and start the journey to Paraty which is on the coast so some beach and sun, we hope. We drive for an hour and a half, partly past favellas and then some industrial area. We stop at a roadhouse for a quick bite, empanadas and some pastries and a drink, only 1/2...

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Feb 26, 2014 - Curitiba to Paraty, Brazil

Sunday 23rd February 2014 Curitiba to Paraty, Brazil Awoke to a very damp morning in the truck stop, so we packed up our wet tent – fortunately all of our big bags were in the truck – had a (very) light breakfast before heading off on the road again at 6:00am. Lynn still felt dreadful. It soon warmed up and the rain cleared and we drove through more quite spectacular green heavily forested country with many towns – in one of these, we bought some fruit and yogurt and rolls to eat as there hadn’t been very good management of our mealtimes on...

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Jul 9, 2013 - The adventure begins

We arrived in Rio at 6PM, just to be collected by a driver and guide and transferred straight to Paraty. It was a very tiring 4 hour trip, made worse by the fact that traffic in Rio was horrendous that evening. We slept all the way and saw nothing, it was dark anyway so we did not miss anything. We stayed at the lovely pousada do Sandi, in Paraty's historic centre. Next day we woke up early, as M had decided we should take it easy after the transatlantic flight and had booked us for some rafting!

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Feb 8, 2013 - Party in paraty

Had our first experience of South American buses to get here and big thumbs up. Air con, enough leg room to do a jig, and seats to accommodate most kinds of bum size! Our journey here was really enjoyable despite feeling like Rio had definitely left us with a hangover. And the scenery is so beautiful, very tropical, steep hills covered in jungle, dropping away to beautiful coasts and hidden beaches. Paraty itself is so cute. Narrow cobbled streets that would break your ankle if you took a step wrong, multicoloured shutters on all the white...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Paraty - Trindade

Depuis São Paulo, nous sommes allés à Paraty, une jolie ville coloniale. C'est d'ailleurs une des villes les plus anciennes du Brésil. La vieille ville était vraiment très jolie mais nous n'avons pas eu de chance avec le temps. Le ciel était couvert, nous avons eu de la pluie et il faisait presque froid. Bon, environ une vingtaine de degrés mais nous étions maintenant plus habitués aux 30. Alors, on avait l'impression d'avoir froid. Nous sommes ensuite allés à Trindade, un petit village sur la côte à une heure de bus au sud où nous pensions...

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Feb 26, 2012 - Paraty -very hot

Our group is again pretty mixed we have one Japanese /American (I think) middle aged male who turned up with two large solid suitcases a full sized backpack and a day pack - our truck couldn´t hold all of the luggage in the luggage compartment which is bigger than on my previous truck - the other truck which has a younger group of people and one extra and a smaller compartment fitted all of their stuff easily. Most of the people are OK I have been sharing with a Di from queensland she's probably a bit older than me about 5foot high if that...

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Dec 18, 2011 - Paraty

Hi All! So the end is near... and it´s one week until Christmas! I´ve spent the last few days in the small town of Paraty which is on the coast inbetween Sao Paulo and Rio. The town is very pretty as the tree covered mountains provide an impressive backdrop. On my first day I walked up to the fort which has some impressive views of the sea and islands and then spent the afternoon on the beach. A German couple staying in the hostel had hired a car so yesterday 4 of us went on a day trip to Trinidage - another small beach but much prettier...

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Jul 25, 2011 - Paraty time

Paraty Pizzas eaten x 1 Beers drunk x 7 Wine consumed x 5 litres Arguments x 1.5 Paraty was Vickie's work - I had never heard of the place, so going there was a mystery. I had no preconceptions. The start of the journey was the cheap local bus from Angra Dos Reis. It would be a two hour squash fest that I would enjoy less than having my elbow smashed. You have some very dangerous ingredients mixed in this journey, heat + 300 people + 40 seats + crazy bastard bus driver = misery. Although as we curled round the ocean road, hugging the...

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Jun 29, 2011 - Paraty

Paraty was a paradise. A place where at high tide the cobbled streets flood and there appeared to be ore boats that people. It was Sarah´s burthdya so we had some amazing wine and food in a place with music. Wine was Chilean, which appears to be the best here, tip to anyone never drink Brazilian wine, sorry Brazil but it´s terrible. We spent to´he day on a boat going around to the islands, swiming, seeing dolphins, turtles and then had a bbq on the back of the boat. Absolute bliss.

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Mar 25, 2011 - A quaint village

In the morning we catch a local bus to a small village called Trinidad. A narrow windy road through the rainforest to the beaches – takes around 45 minutes. We cruise the beaches, enjoy the views and walk through the forest following a small creek and water falls. Lunchtime we catch a return bus. This turns out to be fun – we meet a tourist bus and there is confusion as to how we are going to pass. A number of cars arrive and are held up, then some of the tourists get off their bus…..just what you need, pedestrians in the mix. Our driver...

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Mar 24, 2011 - and on to Paraty

We fly to Sao Paulo - nearly three hours. Very fertile soil with lots of agriculture and waterways. Then we board a mini van and head for a small coastal town called Paraty. Supposed to be a five-hour trip but takes quite a bit longer. By the time we are checked into our hotel it is 10.30 however we still go out for a meal. This time seafood and is one of our special meals. So tasty and with a few glasses of wine we eventually hit the sack 1am in the morning – very tired but very happy.

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