Paraty

Paraty
Very much a historical town and known for its colonial appearance and pirate past, Paraty was founded in the middle of the 17th century by Portuguese immigrants and is to be found just over 250 km / 155 miles to the west of Rio de Janeiro.
Nowadays, Paraty has become something of a tourist hotspot, with attractions ranging from old churches and buildings, to cobblestone streets, natural waterfalls (Andorinhas and Pedra Branca) and spectacular beaches around the Trindade area. Snorkelling in the bay comes highly recommended, while if you are looking for a little more in the way of seclusion, it is even possible to charter your own boat and search out a private beach on one of the 300 surrounding islands.