The Carnaval starts in Paraty – Brazil

Cobbled streets, colorful houses, vibrant atmosphere, and friendly people. All can be found in the beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty in Brazil, just days before the start of the Carnaval.

 

The trip from Ubatuba to Paraty took 1h and 30min on a bumpy road, so I arrived feeling a bit sick and tired. I was ready to spend the rest of the day in bed, but it would have been a shame since the next day we were traveling again. So I gathered my strength and went hand in hand with my energetic other half to discover the historical center.

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The Carnaval starts in Paraty

We stopped by an eatery and had a delicious fruit juice – I couldn’t get enough of the Brazilian juices – whilst Bertrand tried an acai bowl.

After the energy kick, we made our way to the historical center which we adored from the first moment. Besides the beautiful houses, restaurants, boutiques there was a great atmosphere We soon learned that it was the pre-carnival atmosphere. You could hear live music coming from the restaurants or on the streets and some people were dancing around.

We crossed the center and enjoyed every moment of it. Later we  made our way to the fort to see the views of the city. 

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

The fort and the view

The way to the fort is a bit jungle-like, at least in the beginning, which we both loved and felt scared about. Bertrand is afraid of snakes, and I am afraid of almost all animals :).

On the way up we got to see the beautiful view of the city as well as our next stop, Ilha Grande.

When we got back to the center, it was already dinner time so we stopped by a place advertising vegetarian burgers. It was a great choice, the burger was very tasty and the service was quite good although they were late with my burger. But I forgave them :).

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Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discovering Paraty in Brazil.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.

Discover colonial Paraty in Brazil on Hidden Gems.Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.

 

How and Where to:

How to get there: We took a bus from Ubatuba for 14 reals pp.

Where to stay: We stayed at a hostel, but the name has completely slipped my mind. If I remember, I will update this post :). In the meantime, you can check some hotels from Paraty here.  

 

After Iguazu Falls and Ubatuba, we were happy to discover, even if just for a day, beautiful Paraty. Although Rio de Janeiro remains my favorite place in Brazil, Paraty is not far behind.

Next stop, Ilha Grande. Coming soon!

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21 Responses
  • Cory Lee
    August 20, 2016

    This hidden gem looks stunning! I’ve actually never heard of Paraty until now, so thanks for sharing this post. I’ve got to get to Brazil soon!!

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      You’re welcome, Cory :).

  • Mansoureh
    August 20, 2016

    I love the colorful buildings. They made the city so pretty. You are right even with looking at the photos I got the vibrant atmosphere. Thanks for sharing

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      Thanks for visiting, Mansoureh :).

  • Thuymi @ www.AdventureFaktory.com
    August 20, 2016

    Just came back from brasil from the Olympics! Sadly because it was for the Olympics, we didn’t get to see anything else than spend 2 days in sao paulo and the rest in rio for the games. THank you for sharing other amazing sights of Brasil <3

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      Never got to see Sao Paulo, but I’m happy with all the other places I’ve seen. Brazil is fascinating! Thanks for the visit.
      Cristina

  • Marlene Marques
    August 20, 2016

    Beautiful pictures!! Congrats! It sound like a beautiful vibrant city.

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      Thanks Marlene.

  • anna
    August 21, 2016

    Wow! Love the photos. The color pops in the doors and windows are my favorite. Great find!

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      Thanks Anna :).

  • Sia
    August 21, 2016

    Looks like you got the best time to be there! The pictures are so cool, I could almost imagine hearing the live music coming from the restaurants. And the people on the streets playing music – sounds just perfect!

    • Hidden Gems
      August 21, 2016

      I can’t complain, Sia :). Thanks for visiting.

  • Lori
    August 21, 2016

    This colonial town of Paraty in Brazil looks like a trip back in time. Also, it looks like a really nice place to visit and just wander around!

    • Hidden Gems
      August 23, 2016

      I guess it does, Lori :). Thanks for visiting.

  • Global Brunch
    August 22, 2016

    Oh my this place looks beautiful. Your photos are incredible. It looks like you might have regretted spending the rest of the day in the hostel. Sometimes it’s worth overcoming tiredness to explore.

    • Hidden Gems
      August 23, 2016

      Indeed :). Thanks for visiting.

  • Shane
    August 22, 2016

    Wow such vibrant colors!! This has made it on my list of must see destinations next year

    • Hidden Gems
      August 23, 2016

      Glad to hear, Shane :).

  • anto
    August 22, 2016

    Great post! I’m heading to Rio and Iguassu for work in a couple of weeks but have no time to visit Paraty, unfortunately, would have absolutely loved to see this!

    • Hidden Gems
      August 23, 2016

      I would love to go to Rio and Iguazu for work :). Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

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