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Rua de pedras em Paraty

Paraty is a Brazilian municipality located on the southern coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, 258 kilometers from the state capital, the city of Rio de Janeiro. Next to the Atlantic Ocean, the municipal territory is at an average altitude of just five meters above sea level.

Prior to the arrival of dos europeans  to Brazil, the region of present-day Paraty was inhabited by indigenous guaianas. Around the year 1000, these were expelled to the interior of the continent due to the arrival of the Tupi, proceeding from amazon.

Parati'y, with the meaning of "river of the paratis", by the combination of parati (parati) and 'y (river). "Parati" is both a species of fish in the mugilidae family and a variety of cassava.

Beaches of Paraty
Trilhas de Paraty

With the discovery of gold in the region of Minas Gerais, Paraty's dynamics gained new impetus.


In 1702, the governor of the captaincy of Rio de Janeiro determined that goods could only enter the Colony through the city of Rio de Janeiro and from there head towards Paraty, from where they would go to Minas Gerais along the old indigenous trail, now paved with stones. irregular roads, which came to be known as Caminho do Ouro.

The ban on transporting gold along the Paraty road, starting in 1710, made its inhabitants rebel. The measure was repealed, but later reinstated.


This fact, but mainly the opening of the so-called Caminho Novo, directly connecting Rio de Janeiro to Minas, resulted in a decrease in movement in the village.

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Cachoeiras de Paraty
Trails of Paraty
Ponto Turístico de Paraty

Tourism represents Paraty's biggest source of income, as it is with travel, tours and accommodation that tourists and visitors mobilize the local economy.

The city and its heritage were preserved and recognized as Brazilian Heritage, with the colonial urban core and its architectural complex safeguarded by federal legislation for the protection of cultural heritage - the tipping law, and rediscovered in 1964, with the reopening of the road that connected it to the state of São Paulo - to Paraty-Cunha -, becoming a tourist attraction.

Today, the city is the second tourist center in the state of Rio de Janeiro and the 17th in the country, considered   the richest cultural destination on the Costa Verde.

Paraty Waterfalls

Each year it is dedicated to the memory of a great deceased writer.

Other cultural events are also held in Paraty, such as: Festival da Pinga; Feast of the Divine Holy Spirit; Feast of Our Lady of Remedies; Feast of Santa Rita; Paraty in Focus; Rio-São Paulo Street Theater Exhibition; Sacred Music Festival; Festa do Divino Espírito Santo (cultural heritage of Brazil); Cachaça Festival; Street Theater Meeting; Carnival; International Photography Festival; Meeting of Ceramists; Mimo Music Festival; Bourbon Festival; Tollosa and Paraty Eco Festival.

Paraty's Landmark
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