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Beaches, Waterfalls, and Caipirinhas...

Exploring Paraty, Brazil


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On Monday, May 23rd, we journeyed from Sao Paolo to Paraty via a six hour bus ride, arriving late at night, so we plopped ourselves at the Che Legarto Hostel, a surf-inspired hostel with a relaxed vibe. We spent our first morning exploring the small town. Paraty is on the coast of Brazil and prides itself on being a well preserved colonial town and has a "Williamsburg" feel to it. I thought the guide book was exaggerating when it stated "you know a place is authentic when the cobblestones are so uneven, it's actually painful to walk the streets". Really, not an exaggeration. The town definitely achieves a feeling of authenticity, and combine that will the mountain and ocean backdrops, Paraty is a beautiful place.
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On Tuesday afternoon, we took a local bus into the mountains to see some waterfalls. After my initial panic wore off, we spent time sliding down one of the waterfalls, a "natural waterslide", into a freezing cold pool of water...it was fun! To see Jeff taking the plunge, click here. That night we ate at a quaint local restaurant and enjoyed caipirinhas, Brazil's national cocktail :)

On Wednesday, we spent our time in Paraty relaxing on a boat in the bay with four other hostel guests (a couple from Ireland 50 of 52 weeks into an around the world trip and two German fellas seven months into an 18 month trip). To see Paraty and the surrounding area by boat gave us a different appreciation for the landscape. The scenery was spectacular with mountains that seemed to go straight into the water. We snorkeled and chilled on two private beaches which made for a very blissful day!
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Paraty was great and we are looking forward to our next destination, Ilha Grande, an island off the coast. Until then...

Posted by geldere 18:40 Archived in Brazil

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