07th October 2010

Paraty [10] , south of Río, is a colonial gem on a quiet bay where jungle meets the ocean.  The first Portuguese arrived at the end of the 16th century.  It became an important port for shipping gold back to Portugal, but fell into decline and a lack of roads helped preserve its constructions, culture and traditions.  The cobbled streets, closed to traffic, are lined with centuries old buildings.


Three historic churches in Paraty lie within close proximity – one for each race. 


Capela de Nossa Senhora das Dores, 1800, for the elite whites

Igreja de Santa Rita, 1722, for the mullatos and freed slaves

Igreja de Nossa Senhora Rosário, 1725, for the slaves

A Paraty street

Across the river

High tide covers the street in front of the fish market

Colourful fishing boats

Reflection on the river

Anyone for a cold coconut?

Small monkey in the trees in town

Typical dish – fish cooked in coconut milk tomato and banana – delicious