Paraty, RJ, Brasil
Posted Lunes 16 junio 2008on:
When I emailed my mum that we were planning a visit to Paraty (en), she answered, “Oh, Paraty! (…) This Portuguese colonial town is the most beautiful memory I have of Brazil”, plus of course the inevitable “You know, you’ve been there when you were a baby”… Obviously I can’t remember. 😉
Anyway, this day organized by Lúcia was a blast. First we left home very early because we had a 4-hours drive ahead of us along the beautiful Atlantic coast. The plan was to arrive there around 10:00 to get on a boat and have a tour of beaches and islands. Luckily as we arrived there “on time” we were still early (all the boats departing an hour later), so we had time to park the car and stroll around leisurely.
The atmosphere was fantastic. Again we were visiting on a Monday (segunda-feira) to avoid the crowds and that allowed us to better appreciate the historical magic of this colonial town.
For 20 Reais (about $15) per person you get a 5-hours tour visiting 2 beaches and 2 islands (nice scuba diving spots). The meal served on board was delicious too, an additional 20 reais but sooo worth it. I had some fish that was so fresh and full of flavor. The passion fruit juice too, but that was always so during my stay. Just thinking of it makes me droll. eh eh 😀
Many islands we crossed were privately owned… some with the yacht that goes with it. 😎
The day was partially clouded but it didn’t stop me to jump from the boat (the water was extremely good), swim, get some tan and enjoy the dramatic sights.