Paradise in Paraty
Trip Start Jun 14, 2009
49Trip End Dec 24, 2009
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After about 4 hours on a very luxurious bus we arrived at Paraty. We had heard so much about the town, how it is a cute historic colonial town. We werenīt disappointed, the center of town had lovely cobbled streets where no cars are permitted, beautiful buildings, a lovely port and mountains surrounding the entire area
When we arrived, again tour leader Cash was to the rescue, I was sent to a cafe with the bags where I indulged in a cappuccino while Eugene sorted out a hostel for us (yes I am very spoilt and lucky, loving every minute of it!). With hostel sorted we were ready to explore the town.
First day there we were undecided to take one of boat tours around the bays which looked amazing or just have a wander around. The clouds over the mountains looked a bit dubious so we decided to leave the boat trip till the next day. We instead went for a walk to the fort and over to Jabaquara beach. We decided to take the coastal route on the way over, scrambling over rocks and wading through water, we nearly got stranded at some points because the rocks were impassible - it made for an interesting trip. We eventually made it to the beach and had a great day just relaxing on the beach (Eugene built an amazing sand sculpture named Sandy!) and having a couple of beers at one of the many stalls lined along the beach. We took the sensible path on the way back following the road making it home much quicker.
The following day was beautiful so we opted for the boat ride. It was an interesting experience deciding which boat to take as they are all lined up at the dock all offering similar packages. We finally decided on a boat which had a great deck and we started off on the adventure
On our final day in Paraty we were just going to relax and wander through the town but someone from the hostel we stayed at recommended us to take a local bus to Trinidade, a town with about 5 different beaches all along it. We were told it was stunning and again werenīt let down. It was just beautiful, lovely beaches one after the other. We walked to the furthest beach for some swimming, we had been told about this lovely spot if you continue walking through the jungle, so we decided to go for it. It was a fabulous spot which I could only describe as a swimming hole created by the tides of the sea and surrounded by rocks. We ended up spending the rest of the day there and as the sun was going down decided we had better start on the walk back. To our luck there was a local boatie there that offered to take us back to the main beach for USD5, we hopped at the chance, had a great ride back and had time for a beer while watching the sunset over the hills before catching the bus back to Paraty
Once back in Paraty my spoiling continued, Eugene had been up early that day and gone to the fish market to buy some prawns that were in season and just huge. With some additional ingredients Eugene whipped up a wonderful meal for us which was delicious, nice having some home cooking for a change!
Next morning we were up ready for our long trip to Foz do Iguazzu.
Renee and Eugene