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Paraty offers a mix of small-town colonial Brazil and excellent wildlife watching -- complete with beaches and a bay made for watching sunsets. Explore the cobbled pathways of the old town before venturing into the jungle to search for animals.

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Paraty, Rio & Pantanal Trail

Explore the highlights of Brazil
Approx. 10 days
Rio de Janeiro (3 days) → Paraty (3) → Pantanal (3)
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Visit the historic town of Paraty

Visit the historic town of Paraty

A picturesque colonial-era town nestled on a beautiful stretch of Atlantic coast and backed by forested mountains. Explore the 17th century Portuguese architecture including the waterfront Capela de Santa Rita, a whitewashed church built in 1722, and the larger First Church of Our Lady of the Remedies.

Explore Paraty’s islands and beaches

Explore Paraty’s islands and beaches

Paraty is surrounded by some stunning beaches, some of which can only be accessed by boat. To explore further afield, take a day cruise out to some of the nearby islands and enjoy freshly-caught fish in a local restaurant.

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