Paraty’s the type of town that makes you want to linger, but if you only have two days to spend, you still have plenty of time to learn about its history and get out into the surrounding natural beauty for a taste of adventure. Read on for tips on how to plan the ultimate 2-day trip to Paraty.
Day 1: History and Heritage
Morning: Step back in time this morning with a hike along a restored portion of the Gold Trail to learn more about how African slaves paved the trail in order to transport precious metals to Portuguese ships waiting in the bay. This forested area also makes an excellent spot for bird-watching.
Afternoon: This afternoon, explore Paraty’s picture-perfect old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the town’s Portuguese colonial history on a guided walking tour of its cobbled streets, passing whitewashed buildings with colorfully painted doors and windows and stopping at notable churches, museums, and historic homes.
Night: After a long day of sightseeing, head back into the historical center of Paraty to treat yourself to a hearty Brazilian meal. Many of the restaurants here specialize in locally caught seafood; pair it with a cold cachaça cocktail.
Day 2: Outdoor Exploration
Morning: This morning, venture deep into the jungles of Bocaino Mountains National Park on a Jeep safari. Navigate rugged roads while driving between gorgeous waterfalls, some with swimming holes and natural rock slides perfect for cooling off. Many jungle tours include a stop at a local cachaça distillery for a tasting.
Afternoon: Cool off this afternoon with some time on the water. Hop aboard a schooner for a tour of the nearby islands, or grab a paddle to propel yourself through the scenic waters by kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
Night: On your last night in Paraty, put on your dancing shoes for a night of live music in the old town. Several bars offer live Brazilian music well into the night. For something a bit more low-key, head to a local beach bar for sunset cocktails to toast a good trip with your toes in the sand.