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Travel Blogs from Paraty
Escaping the rains of Rio we headed south to Paraty, a small colonial town on the coast. And after a bumpy old over night bus journey we arrived, to our great disappointment, to a rainy Paraty and so it was time to reveal the outrageously florescent rain-covers and trundle on to find our next home for the night. It is at these points that the Lonely Planet really comes into it's own; stepping up to recommend the perfect spot for some tasty grub. ...
... park's biologist informed us, it was just another flavour for them.
Two activities were included for the full day on the Pantanel. In the morning we took Canadian canoes down the river with the aim of experiencing the Pantanel from another perspective. The Pantanal is famous for birdlife, with over 450 species to be seen. The river is a great place to see many kinds right up close.
After lunch we swapped the paddles for reins and jumped on our horses and went riding ...
... living between the stones. Its got a really relaxed vibe to the whole town and lots of little cafes, beaches and restaurants all over.
Everyone went for a group meal tonight which we blew out –
its so nice not to have to be in each others pockets the whole time that we
just bought some snacks and chilled out – heaven!
... The sand is a lot softer than on our beach and obviously there are no boats. We picked a pleasant spot and started sunbathing. We passed the time listening to music and dozing, and taking dips in the sea where the current was the strongest I have ever felt! It was a serious effort to get back onto shore! At about 2.30 it got cloudy again, but we stayed until 5 anyway and caught the real big boat back. Then it was back to the hostel to shower ...
... of a trail leading to a small beach community. That's all we were told and as our bus climbed higher into the rainforest we began to wonder what we'd got ourselves into! The bus terminated in a remote village where an old woman, who must have known what we were looking for, pointed towards a path leading into the jungle. For 2 hours we walked through the forest, seeing huge spiders, exotic birds and hardly any people! Eventually, after ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed