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Paraty: Jungle Waterfall and Cachaça Distillery Jeep Tour

1. Paraty: Jungle Waterfall and Cachaça Distillery Jeep Tour

The tour departs from Paraty and heads out towards the vibrant Serra da Bocaina National Park, a vast area of protected Atlantic rainforest. Arrive at the park and hike through the tropical forest until you reach the stunning Pedra Branca waterfall, one of the most beautiful in the region. Take advantage of the breathtaking location and snap unforgettable photos for your holiday album. Continue through the forest and learn about the rich biodiversity of the park, watching out for native species of bird along the way. With your guide, discover the park’s unique flora and fauna including the Jequitibá, one of the largest trees in the region. Afterwards travel to the village of Penha to visit the nearby Tobogã waterfall, where locals and tourists practice surfing on the rock. Admire this one-of-a-kind location as well as the natural pools of Poço do Tarzan and cool off from the humid weather with a refreshing dip in the water. Stop for lunch at the nearby Villa Verda, cozy restaurant that sits beside the Pereque-açu River, and taste a selection of authentic delicacies to the region. Finally, visit Engenho D'Ouro Alembic to observe the process of cachaça making at a unique distillery to learn about and taste this beloved Brazilian beverage.

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Paraty: 3-Hour Rainforest Horseback Ride & Waterfall Tour

2. Paraty: 3-Hour Rainforest Horseback Ride & Waterfall Tour

Transfer from the meeting point in Paraty to the neighborhood of Corisco, where the trail begins. The horses are well cared for and trained for beginner riding tours, ensuring your well-being during the whole experience. You will be with a trained local monitor throughout the entirety of the tour. Gallop by the Serra da Bocaina National Park, established in 1971 and one of the largest protected areas in the Atlantic Forest. The national park boasts varied landscapes and stunning natural attractions, like beaches, natural pools, rivers, waterfalls, peaks, and viewpoints — not to mention the wide variety of flora and fauna. Canter down amazing trails by forests and plains, with stops at waterfalls, for bathing, and at lookouts, where you can take in fantastic vistas over the city and the Paraty Bay. After the tour ends, transfer back to the meeting point in Paraty.

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Paraty: Sono Beach Half-day Tour

3. Paraty: Sono Beach Half-day Tour

Discover one of the most unspoiled beaches in the Paraty area on this 6-hour tour to Sono Beach. Hike through preserved Atlantic forest, and enjoy free time on the beach to swim and relax. Begin your day by meeting your guide at the meeting point, then take a short walk up to the bus station. From there, hop on a regular public bus from Paraty to the village of Laranjeiras, a 28-kilometer (17-mile) journey that takes about 40 minutes. Upon arrival, take the trail to Sono Beach, which takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Observe bird species in the Atlantic forest and delight in incredible panoramic views of the beach from the viewpoints found along the trail. Find a typical fishing village as you arrive at Sono Beach. See a waterfront shaded by native almond trees beside the houses and fishing boats of the locals, known as caiçaras, that live there. Now it's time to relax in a perfect setting for an afternoon of rest, sunbathing, and swimming in the blue sea. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch at one of the local kiosks (not included in the tour price), or opt to take a further trail to the deserted Antigos Beach. Admire breathtaking views of the entire region at the top of this steep, moderate-high level 40-minute trail. To conclude your tour, hike back to the village of Laranjeiras along the same trail, and then take the regular public bus again to return to the meeting point in Paraty.

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Paraty: Discovery Scuba Diving Experience for Beginners

4. Paraty: Discovery Scuba Diving Experience for Beginners

Paraty is one of Brazil's top dive destinations and is known for its rich marine life and high underwater visibility. Located inside the Ilha Grande Bay, the water in Paraty is calm year round, making it a great place for a beginner dive. Your 40-minute dive will take place only after all the safety information is passed during the boat ride to the site. You will be accompanied by a professional instructor throughout the entirety of your dive. You'll have all the equipment you need to communicate and breathe underwater on your dive between 13-26 feet. Discover the colorful underwater life up close and personally. Each person on the tour will dive individually, so enjoy your downtime on the boat by taking in beautiful views of crystal clear water and the luscious surrounding scenery.

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Paraty: Cultural City Tour

5. Paraty: Cultural City Tour

Feel the atmosphere of the colonial period as you walk through the charming streets of the historic center. Take a relaxing walk on this city tour accompanied by a specialized guide, who will take you back in time. Walk through the historic center and hear legends and stories from past centuries, passing by churches, the House of Culture, old houses and more. Discover the city of Paraty, a National Historic Monument today and a World Heritage Site candidate. The beauty of the Serra da Bocaina park makes this a stunning natural site, as well. As you make your way through your tour, the irregular sidewalks, decorated walls, colonial houses with elaborate iron balconies, and Masonic culture will take you back to colonial times. Join this tour and experience an incredible day discovering the history, culture, nature, and architecture of this beautiful and unique place.    

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Paraty: Idyllic Islands Private Speedboat Tour

6. Paraty: Idyllic Islands Private Speedboat Tour

Spend a day at sea on a luxury speedboat tour with an experienced captain. Enjoy a private tour to discover the enchanting beaches and islands along the coastline of Paraty Bay, where forested hills meet warm, transparent sea. Explore the stunning landscape and swim in the crystal clear waters on this 5-hour tour.  After meeting at the local partner's office Paraty, board the boat and set sail to discover the area around the bay. With this exclusive tour, you can set the itinerary or follow the recommendations of your captain. The boat offers an icebox so you can bring your own drinks and food onboard, and towels, masks, snorkels, and floats are provided.

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Paraty: Half-Day Bike Rental

7. Paraty: Half-Day Bike Rental

Explore Paraty with ease with a half-day bike rental. In addition to enjoying the stunning scenery of the city, take a breath of fresh air while participating in a relaxing outdoor activity. This tour entitles you to 3 hours with the bike, and includes a map, helmet, and padlock. To get the most out of the city, there are several recommended itineraries. Jet between trails, waterfalls, and famous cachaça distilleries in the middle of stunning nature. Head to the Morro do Defensor Fotress, a remarkable fortification that rises over the sea, perched on a hill. Criss-cross through the historic city center, with its beautiful colonial architecture and charming shops. Explore the vast beaches around the city, with great bike paths and many kiosks for a break as you bike along the Atlantic.

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Paraty: Dining Experience with Brazilian Live Music

8. Paraty: Dining Experience with Brazilian Live Music

Enjoy an unforgettable dinner of gourmet cuisine and a unique, unrivaled atmosphere that is sure conquer your five senses. In a colonial mansion filled with beautiful decoration, a wine cellar conservatory, bar, lounge, and much more, experience one of the most classic restaurants in the city.  To start, enjoy a tasty Brazilian caipirinha and a selection of breads followed up with a delicious 3-course meal of the finest Argentinean cuisine. The attentive waiters will always be at hand while you enjoy delicious dishes accompanied by live music. The setting of a completely restored colonial house offers total comfort in a charming environment combining unique aromas and extraordinary flavors to match.    SPECIAL MENU    Couvert: assorted breads (French baguette, sourdough), 2 types of pastes, special butter  Starter: Caesar Salad (green leaves with bread croutons and special dressing)  Main course: Filet mignon with gorgonzola sauce and brie cheese, accompanied by potato gratin with leeks or local fish fillet with shrimp moqueca sauce with potato gratin with çporó garlic or arugula risotto  Dessert: Banana flambada in cachaça with ice cream

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Paraty: Gold Trail Rainforest Hiking Tour

9. Paraty: Gold Trail Rainforest Hiking Tour

Spend a day hiking and learning about the very important role Paraty played in Brazil's history. Discover how the area was home to the most important gold export port in Brazil during the colonial period. Gold and diamonds used to come from Ouro Preto and Diamantina, cities with names thanks to the volume of diamonds and gold found there, both World Heritage listed sites by UNESCO. Start the tour by meeting your guide at the meeting point. Take a short walk up to the bus station to catch a regular public bus from Paraty to the beginning of the trail. The trail runs for about 3.6 km and takes part of the Gold Trail, that used to link Paraty and Diamantina. It is through this ancient trail that you will learn about the history of Gold with the tour guide, returning to the time when the tropeiros (horse drivers), gold diggers, and slaves went up and down the mountain on donkeys. These riches led to the widening of Brazil's borders. Because the trail is located inside Serra da Bocaina National Park, you will also find several landscapes and species of fauna and flora characteristic of the Atlantic Forest. At the end, take an optional visit to the Tobogã Waterfall and the Engenho do D'Ouro distillery near the Paraty-Cunha road in the community of Vila do Penha (not included). Finally, return by regular bus to the meeting point in Paraty.

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Paraty: 3-Hour Painting Class with an Artist

10. Paraty: 3-Hour Painting Class with an Artist

Opt for an artistic experience in one of the most culturally-rich places in Brazil. Take a class instructed by artist Maria Cruz Urquijo, who has more than 25 years of experience in painting and sculpture. Take the chance to work freely and let your surroundings inspire you in the studio. The activity is divided into 4 steps: first, a brief introduction to the class with sketching exercises, using the fingers or pencils. This is paired with an enriching discussion of the creative process. Then, choose your format and material and get to work on your creation. A brief coffee break and chat pleasantly punctuates the time before you return to finish your work.

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What people are saying about Paraty

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Very interesting! The cachaça festival was happening while I was there which was even better. Spent a great time with the guide, thank you!

Everything was perfect, the guide took us to nice places and we had time to dive and had a good lunch

it was ok BUT too long time at The lunch. 90min too long!!!