Brazil: Paraty

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Brazil

Paraty

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Wander a perfectly preserved colonial port town in Paraty. From your home base in a comfortable, historic pousada in the center of town, you’ll explore the region’s lively music, arts, and restaurant scene. Participate in a private cooking lesson and dinner with a local chef. Visit an artisanal cachaça producer at her beachside distillery. Enjoy a different perspective on the region’s pristine Atlantic rainforest from a private escuna boat tour. Walk the coast with an expert guide—stopping to swim along the way. Whatever your pleasure, Paraty offers ample opportunites to savor the magic of a Brazilian beach town.

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Meet
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Depart
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Three breakfasts, two lunches (Days 2 & 3), and one dinner (Day 1)
  • Accommodations in a superior room at an historic pousada
  • Private walking tour of Paraty with local expert guide
  • Private hands-on cooking class (with dinner) at Paraty Cooking School
  • Private boat excursion of Paraty Bay
  • Cachaça tasting with an artisanal producer
  • Private guided walk in Nature Reserve of Cairuçu (with boat transfer to Paraty)
  • Private transportation from meeting point to departure point (including round-trip transfer from Rio de Janeiro)
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW staff
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*Surcharges may apply for New Year’s, Christmas, or other national holidays

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Itinerary and Accommodations

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Day 1

Paraty

Transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty. Guided walking tour of Paraty, 1–1½ hours, easy; hands-on evening cooking class and dinner

Upon arrival at the Rio de Janeiro airport, you are met and transferred (approximately 3 hours) to the city of Paraty, founded in 1677, about 124 miles south of Rio. Located on an island-filled bay and with a backdrop of vibrant green mountains, this exquisitely preserved colonial town invites exploration of its cobbled pedestrian streets and squares, enticing boutiques, cafés, and restaurants. Part of the “Green Coast,” this laid-back Brazilian destination offers gorgeous beaches, rainforest, and interesting colonial history. After checking in to your pousada (inn) in the historical center, you meet a local guide for a private walking tour of the town and its lovely 18th- and 19th-century whitewashed and stone homes and buildings. Afterward, for a delectable culinary introduction to the cuisine of this and other Brazilian regions, you make your way to the Paraty Cooking School (located in the home of an international chef and her photographer husband) for a hands-on cooking class and dinner. Your engaging instructor is Yara Roberts, who welcomes you into her state-of-the art kitchen and prepares a menu with dishes from the Amazon, Bahia, and Minas Gerais regions, among others. Your chef not only explains cooking techniques, tips, and nutritional information, she also weaves in the cultural and historical background behind Brazil’s varied influences and ethnicities—a crossroads of Portuguese, African, and native cuisines. You savor the meal and delightful conversation with Yara and her husband, both of whom have traveled the globe.

Pousada Porto Imperial

Paraty, Brazil

Located in the historical center of Paraty, a beautifully renovated 19th-century inn with spacious comfortable rooms—individually decorated with period antiques, contemporary artwork, and rich fabrics—surrounding an interior garden; also with a pool and sauna.

Day 2

Paraty

Boat excursion of Paraty Bay including Catimbau Island and afternoon cachaça tasting

After breakfast, you head to the port to board a boat for a half-day excursion around Paraty Bay, allowing you to take in the perspective from the water of Paraty’s backdrop of steep jungle peaks, azure waters, and tropical islands. You stop to enjoy a swim (and maybe snorkel) and indulge in a relaxing lunch at Catimbau Island. Afterward, you transfer to the Cachaçaria Maria Izabel, the private home of Maria Izabel Costa, an artisanal cachaça producer. This distilled alcoholic derivate of sugarcane is one of the key ingredients—along with sugar, limes, and ice—of Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha. Paraty was founded on sugarcane production, and at one time had more than 250 cachaça distilleries. Maria Izabel provides a tasting of her beautifully presented cachaças and offers the opportunity to enjoy a swim in the inviting waters of her beachfront home. By mid- to late afternoon, you return to Paraty to relax in your hotel, and later step out to enjoy Paraty’s many inviting shops, cafés, and restaurants, perhaps happening upon a spontaneous Brazilian music performance.

Pousada Porto Imperial

Paraty, Brazil

Located in the historical center of Paraty, a beautifully renovated 19th-century inn with spacious comfortable rooms—individually decorated with period antiques, contemporary artwork, and rich fabrics—surrounding an interior garden; also with a pool and sauna.

Day 3

Paraty

Laranjeiras to Praia do Sono trail, Nature Reserve of Cairuçu; 2–3 hours walking, easy to moderate

After breakfast this morning, a short (30-minute) transfer brings you to the small village of Laranjeiras and the trailhead of the Praia do Sono trail. In the heart of the Cairuçu Nature Reserve, you ascend through lush vegetation to a waterfall where you may choose to cool off with a quick dip. Continuing through South Atlantic tropical forest, you reach the Praia do Sono (meaning “sleepy beach”) and its crystalline waters. After a break, you continue past the villages of Praia Da Velha and Praia Dos Antigos before arriving at the fishing village of Ponta Negra, where your boat is waiting—with lunch on board—to return to Paraty for your last evening in this delightful town.

Pousada Porto Imperial

Paraty, Brazil

Located in the historical center of Paraty, a beautifully renovated 19th-century inn with spacious comfortable rooms—individually decorated with period antiques, contemporary artwork, and rich fabrics—surrounding an interior garden; also with a pool and sauna.

Day 4

Paraty

Transfer from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro for departure

You depart Paraty and the Green Coast after breakfast this morning to make your way (via 3-hour private transfer) to Rio de Janeiro, where you make connections for your onward travels.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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