Paraty is a beautiful little town just further north from Rio, but it couldn’t be further from Rio in respects to the type of place it is. Paraty has these small streets with huge cobble stones on the floor. As long as you don’t break your neck/ankles on the streets it really is a nice town to stroll around.
There isn’t too much in the way of things to do here but it’s a great stop to chill out for a few days. You can have a wander round the Cashaça shops that sell every type of Cashaça imaginable! I mean there are whole shops with just different types of Cashaça on sale, and the shelves went up to the ceiling!
The buildings are all pristine and white as soon as you get away from the bus terminal which adds to the colonial feel of the town. It seems like every traveller we have met along the way was right, Paraty really is well worth the visit.
We stayed a short walk just outside of Paraty in Jabaquara. We were lured by the promise of free local beers and alcohol at the hostel we found on HostelBookers. It turns out it was far too good to be true and so we ended up having to find a new place due to them also having no WiFi and the idea was to work.
It was pretty nice there with some beachside bars and restaurants scattered down the sands. They are quite expensive but at the place we went to called La Luna they had a special of the day on, and my god it sure was special!
Finding the new Pousada has its benefits as we now had a ping pong table, a pool table, table football and air hockey. The perfect set of ingredients to play a few drinking games!
So after a cultural walk around the town we brought all of the ingredients to make our own Caipirinhas (limes, sugar, Cashaça and ice). Don’t ever forget the ice! The drink is amazing but lethal, you only need one or two. You can make 1 Caipirinha with 1 full lime.
So between the 5 of us we brought 45 limes and 5 bottles of Cashaça, a huge over estimation of our drinking capabilities. The next morning we still had 3 bottles left and about 30 limes. We had also gained a bottle of Vodka of which only a sip was missing.
I could easily set up camp in Paraty and live a simple kind of life for a while. Maybe one day in the future ill go back and stay for a month or 2.
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