Paraty, Brazil

Paraty viewed from the seaA small island in the bay off Paraty
Restaurant by the water
Swimming spot surrounded by islands that are kept as nature reserves

Horse- drawn carriage

The church Santa Rita at sunset

Paraty is a lovely colonial town on Brazil's southeastern coast, the Ilha Grande Bay. It's surrounded by mountains and the sea. Founded in 1531, the town was a busy port in the 18th century, when ships filled with gold sailed regularly from Paraty to Portugal. Today, the town is a national historic monument and the buildings strictly preserved.

The sea around Paraty is pristine and dotted with hundreds of small islands. The emerald green water is great for swimming, and the islands are lush with vegetation. Ferns, plants, and even fruit-bearing trees grow out of the rock outcroppings. It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

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