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.
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.
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 :).
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.
Next stop, Ilha Grande. Coming soon!
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