Paraty is a lovely 17th century town that has been perfectly preserved thanks to a long period of isolation. The colonial town boomed during the heyday of the sugar trade as the main port for its export the town also became the centre for the production of the Brazilian cane rum, Cachaca, that is the essential ingredient of a caipirinha. The arrival of other, more accessible ports, led to the decline of the town and it remained virtually cut off until the middle of the 20th Century. The opening of the Rio-Santos highway in the late seventies led to its rebirth as a tourist destination.

Paraty was declared a National Historical Monument in 1966 thereby safeguarding the preservation of the Historical Center. The winding, narrow streets paved with giant cobble stones were designed to protect the town from pirate raids and curiously, for a seaside town, most of the houses have their backs to the sea. Small fishermen’s cottages and vast merchants mansions stand side by side, all white stucco with brightly coloured shutters and doors. Vehicles are banned from the old town, and the wealth of art galleries, shops and restaurants are explored on foot. Bring flat shoes – Paraty and heels do not mix!

  • POUSADA LITERÁRIA

    POUSADA LITERÁRIA

    $$$$$ Inspired by the cultural essence of Paraty, Pousada Literaria offers comfort, leisure and refinement in the most charming historical city
  • CASA TURQUESA

    CASA TURQUESA

    $$$$$ Casa Turquesa is nested in the most quiet side of Paraty’s historic center, overlooking the docks. It is a guesthouse
  • PORTO IMPERIAL

    PORTO IMPERIAL

    $$$$In the heart of the historic center of Paraty, where the colonial houses harmonize with the cobbled streets, you will
  • POUSADA DA MARQUESA

    POUSADA DA MARQUESA

    $$$$ Pousada da Marquesa, located in the heart of historic Paraty, has a unique set of 18th and 19th century buildings
  • POUSADA DO SANDI

    POUSADA DO SANDI

    $$$$We are located in the "heart" of Paraty Historic Center. Entering our restored 300-year-old building is like stepping back in
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