Paraty is a small, old colonial town on the coast between São Paulo and Rio, considered to be one of the world’s most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Interestingly, the cobbled streets are designed so that when there is a high tide the sea water cleans the streets—which you can see in one of the photos!

Paraty was very wet when we were there. However, on the one dry morning we had, we took a local bus to the town of Trindade, next to the best beaches in the area. After enjoying a couple hours of sunshine, the heavens opened and a tropical storm ensued! Despite the rain we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. We still had fun and even managed some swimming in a natural pool.


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