Paraty started around 1600. The first settlement was on
the other side of the river where they erected a church to their patron
"St. Roque". Around 1640 the Indians who used to live here
were driven away and the town moved to where it stands now with another
patron, "Our Lady of Remedies".
The Historic Center
Paraty offers a wide variety of things to do and see
during your visit. Strolling the streets of the historical center, with
it's beautifully preserved colonial architecture, stopping in the
numerous art galleries and stores, stepping back in time in the churches
and museums, sampling the exquisite food, enjoying the music or just
relaxing in the tranquil atmosphere are but a few of the options that
the old town presents you with.
In Paraty's bay you can find over 65 tropical islands and dozens of beaches, each offering something different and all covered with vegetation that remains lush and colorful year round. The water of the bay is always the right temperature for swimming, diving and snorkeling. There are numerous ways to explore it, the most common is on a five-hour schooner trip but diving excursions, fishing trips, day and overnight sailing adventures and zippy powerboat outings are all available.
Beautiful beaches can be found a short distance from
Paraty by car, bike, bus or boat. They all have different
characteristics and at most you will find a friendly beach hut where you
The National Forests
The national parks that encircle the town are filled with trails, wildlife and waterfalls. The natural and exotic beauty of the area should not be missed, and will not be easily forgotten. Hiking or horseback riding, for the sports minded, or a jeep or van tour is both excellent ways to enjoy and appreciate this natural wilderness.