Beautiful colonial city, considered a National Historical Monument, it preserves until today its countless natural and architectural charms. UNESCO considers it an international architectural patrimony.
Explore on foot the historical Center of Paraty, free of cars, and you will travel back in time, where walking has to be done in a leisurely pace due to the irregular rounded cobblestone pavement of its streets. The construction of its old housing and churches reflect a certain style of that time and the mysterious masonry symbols which decorate its walls, lead our imagination back to the old times of Brazil. The prohibition of motorized vehicles in the Center certainly adds to this feeling of a "time travel".
The village was founded in 1667 around the Church of "Nossa Senhora dos Remedios", its patron saint. Paraty had a significant economic importance due to its sugar cane mills (it used to have over 250 distilleries), and the name "paraty" was at a certain time synonym of very good sugar cane rum.
In the 18th century, the port of Paraty was an important outlet for the gold and precious stones brought on horseback from Minas Gerais State to be shipped to Portugal.
However, constant pirate assaults who took refuge in beaches such as Trindade, led to abandoning the gold route, resulting in a great economic isolation.
After the opening of some highways in the seventies, Paraty became an attraction for Brazilian and international tourism, due to its good state of preservation and thanks to its natural beauties.
Paraty is by the southeastern coast of Brazil and it is surrounded everywhere by the Mata Atlantica, the luscious Atlantic Forest. It has 65 islands and more than 300 beaches. Paraty can be easily be visited all year round by guests who are staying in the cities of São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.