Trip Start Nov 21, 2008
Trip End May 29, 2009

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Paraty is a quaint little town on the Brazillian coast which forms a convenient stop on our travels toward Rio de Janeiro.  In Paraty it is much easier to get a feel of what Brazil feels like in the smaller places - Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have such a unique feel to them that Paraty is refereshingly different in its own right.  For it's size Paraty is a happening place but is considerably more chilled than any small town you would have been to and with this in mind we took some time to relax from the travels and blew out on the local spirit in a Cashasa house. A short bus trip from Paraty are a number of really beautiful beaches and so for one of our days in Paraty we took a bus across to the Trinidade beach and relaxed in the sun, experiencing a proper Brazillian beach for the first time.  The beaches in Brazil are gorgeous, with the endless expanse of the Atalntic ocean split by the numerous leafy islands that rise out of the sea.  The sand at Trinidade was a little coarse with a sprinkling of the red earthen grains from  the rocky hills that mark the country, giving the sand on the beach an orange tint to it.  I had a fantastic time in Paraty, drinking and laughing with the local people, taking in the sights of the cobbled streets and the still waters of the harbour and taking life at the slow leisurely pace of Brazilian culture.  While there's plenty of atmosphere in Paraty, we had spent two days relaxing from the long journey from Iguassu and we were all ready for the next leg of our trip.
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