I stayed in Paraty for a few days. If I am being honest, it did not inspire my imagination all that much. It’s beautiful, sure, but it is not a place that I felt drawn into or that I am keen to see again. That being said, it’s a nice stop for a couple of nights and a great scene to relax in if you have the time.
Paved with cobbles (treacherous to the clumsy members of humankind), Paraty is filled with souvenir shops and cafes, and surrounded by small islands and beaches. You may not find the cultural heart of Brazil in Paraty, but you can definitely find some of it’s beauty.
The rain poured when I was there – the skies thunderous and grey – and the beaches reduced to sodden masses of compacted sand. The quaint streets became flooded and difficult to walk through; my clothes were constantly damp. Back home in the UK, I come from a small seaside town dependent on tourism back home in the UK so I do understand what an impact the weather can have on these kinds of places – without the sun and beaches, there’s not exactly much to do and a place that can be so entertaining becomes mundane.