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Travel Blogs from Paraty
From Salvador we travelled to Paraty (pronounced Para-chee) which is an attractive colonial town equidistant between Sao Paolo and Rio. It is small with cobbled streets and brightly coloured buildings. The town is on the coast and was originally designed so that the streets slope downwards to the water, so that at high tide the water comes right up …
So, finally, after fifty-plus years we have made it to our sixth continent, South America: just one more to go although I don't see us setting foot alongside the penguins in the near future. I have decided to take a different approach to this diary than earlier efforts which were more of a daily record. This time I plan to reflect on the experience …
It was with some regret that we left Rio - I've liked every city we have visited over the last few months (with the notable exception of San Jose) but Rio really is very special. Definitely my favourite. At lunchtime we jumped into a crowded coach full of teenage backpackers who were just starting a 3 month trip that included Brazil, Argentina, …
Arriving in Paraty after Sao Paulo was like stepping into another world. Sao Paulo is all skyscrapers and modern buildings and roads - Paraty has an historic area - where we were staying - which has cobbled streets with no motor transport, nowhere more than two storeys high and is very olde-worldy! Arriving in the dark was quite strange as our car …
... Paraty to Sao Paulo and both were sold out for Friday. Well fan-frickin'-tastic! Oh the joys of travel sometimes. Luckily we knew that there were some companies in town that did shuttles between Paraty and Sao Paulo so that was our next stop and we were able to get on one of those but instead of a $50 Real ($25 CDN) pricetag/person we paid $195 Real each ($100 CDN). Oh well, you win some and you lose some!
Next stop...Sao Paulo...our final destination!
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool