Paraty, a huge change from Ilha Grande!
Trip Start Aug 14, 2010
188Trip End Aug 05, 2011
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After a lovely calm crossing we arrived at Angra. We went to where we thought the bus stop was and then took a little rest as the bus was not leaving until 12. So we headed back to the bus stop with 10 minutes to spare and could see no sign of the bus. As 12 o’clock approached we were feeling a little anxious as loads of buses came and parked and not a single one of them said ‘Paraty’ on them. It then turned out that we were standing at the wrong bus stop. A nice bus man directed ourselves and a fellow backpacker to the correct bus stop. So with two minutes to spare we hopped on the bus and woah, what a bus journey we had ahead of us
So Paraty was a welcome end to the two hour jack-hammering! We called our hostel like we’d been told as they said we’d get a free pick up from the bus station. We were then told to get a taxi and that they’d refund the cost. So we did. We arrived at the hostel, and surprise surprise they did not refund the full cost. We were robbed of R$5 - not a huge amount of money, but seriously annoying all the same. The room was filthy and the window didn’t close properly, so yeah, not the nicest place we’ve ever stayed.
We decided to go exploring the Old Town as we’d heard so much about how beautiful and unique it is. Paraty is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a town of little white-wash buildings and the most treacherous uneven cobblestoned streets you could ever see! It actually is quite dangerous to walk on them, we spent the whole time watching our step with an occasional trip! It’s more like stepping stones than a road. Not much to see to be honest but we did look around the Old Town and enjoy the atmosphere. We walked the streets, saw the few churches and strolled along the port and pier. So that was Paraty’s Old Town, all seen in one afternoon!
Knowing that there wasn’t much left to do here, we set off the next day to Praia Forte, a small beach recommended in the Lonely Planet
We spent the next while at the beach and on the headland, before heading back up to the Fort, which the little beach is named after, and planned out our next few possible destinations for our trip. What a way to spend an afternoon in the sun planning where your next stops are going to be! All very exciting! Our new friend even enjoyed it as he stayed with us the whole time and accompanied us back down the hill to Praia Pontal.
That evening we ate in the nicest restaurant ever! Punto Di Vino. We had read about it in the Lonely Planet and decided to check it out. And we are so happy we did. We had quite possibly the most delicious dinner we have ever had in a restaurant, made even nicer with the fact that we found it with no directions at all. Paraty maps don’t like to include all the street names it seems! Back to the hostel then, packed up the rucksacks as we’ll be on the road again in the morning. Sao Paulo here we come!