Sobre Paraty

Heart of Southeast

The incredible combination of sea, islands, mountains, waterfalls and Atlantic Rainforest, complements one of the most prominent historical sites in Brazil. With the best preserved collection of colonial architecture in the country, Paraty has been a National Historic Landmark since 1966 and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Founded in 1640, Paraty boasts more than 60 islands and 90 beaches and as such gets visitors from all corners of the globe. Surrounded by mountains covered in Atlantic rainforest, Paraty is situated among national parks and ecological reserves, making the region one of the most beautiful and best preserved in Brazil.

With a total of 917 km2, the area is situated on the south coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro (245 kms from the capital) and 320 kms from the city of São Paulo. This location ensures permanent tourism, promoting the internal market and creating interesting tourist offers, it’s main source of income.

You can count on a plethora of tourism services: transfers to airports, bars, restaurants, art galleries and a full calendar of events. In addition Paraty boasts a rich cultural program throughout the year.

Some of the wonderful attractions and recreational possibilities are boat trips to islands and paradisiacal beaches; visits to waterfalls, nature trails, distilleries, indigenous and quilombolas communities as well as activities such as horse riding, snorkelling, diving, canopy, kayaking, mountain-biking, jeep tours; apart from cultural and musical events in the city, gastronomy, art galleries and much more!.

Paraty was developed as a trading post for transporting away gold, diamonds and other riches coming from Minas Gerais and São Paulo, by the so-called “Caminho Ouro” (the Gold Trail). Even today we can walk through the mountains and see the preserved original path of rocks, built between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries by African slaves.

The name Paraty comes from the Tupi language, which means “white fish” (a kind of mullet, the Paraty, that abounds in the region). Over the years, the spelling have changed Pira’ty to Parati and finally, Paraty.