Things to do in Paraty with children
Island Cruise - We took a boat tour of the island, opting for the non-alcoholic cruise. The tour travelled around the island, stopping at a secluded island for a great place for a buffet lunch. This was a very enjoyable tour, were you stop to snorkel in the crystal clear waters, feed the fish, and explore ‘secret’ beaches. The boat was large, offering shaded downstairs seating and a sun deck on top. There was plenty of room for a toddler to move around freely.
Toboga Falls - We took a local bus to Tobogo falls, it’s cheap and easy enough to find. The journey took approx. 1 hour but offers a nice views, going through local areas before arriving at the falls.Here there is a giant rock slide and also the Tarzan rope swing. A very pleasant way to spend the afternoon, under the canopy of the trees, out of the sun, bathing in the crystal clear, refreshing waters of the waterfall. This is a lovely place to visit and perfect for younger children who can paddle in the shallow rock pools whilst the adults enjoy the rock slide and Tarzan swing.
Old town - Paraty ‘old’ town is exactly that. Coddled floors lead the way around a maze of streets. All offering restaurants, and road side eateries. Vendors sell delicious cakes from road side carts and food choice are plentiful. Make your way down to the town square where the drinks are flowing, you can enjoy live music and dance the night away with the locals.
Praia do sono
Pedra que engole
Praia dos ranchos
** On our way to Sao Paulo we passed through Uba Tuba a great sea side resort, which much more suitable waves for children**
Where to stay in Paraty
Accommodation in Paraty is split into 2 parts… inside the old town or outside the old town. Paraty has lots of accommodation but in our experience the best type is hostel. We say this because people who
Very basic accommodation, but friendly owner. Good location though, just outside of the main square but very easily accessible by foot (5 min walk).
Nb. Consider Che Legarto hostel which has very favourable reviews.
Rodizio – this is a place that is sort of like a buffet bt the food comes to you on huge skewers. Normally around 20 different cuts of meat ranging from your normal steaks to chicken hearts (delicious by the way). You have a disc next to you with one side red and the other green. So when the green side is up the food just keeps coming until you turn it over for a breather.
Açaí (pronouned a-sa-ee)
Of all the thousands of fruits from the Amazon, açaí is the best known, thanks to its super-food status. The hard purple berry is also used in Amazonian cooking, as a sauce with fish. Also served as a sweet, gloopy, frozen sorbet, sometimes topped with granola and slices of banana, or whizzed up in juices, it can found in every café, bakery, juice bar and supermarket across the country. You can even buy açaí vodka, and açaí beer.
Fried bar snacks
Beer, served so cold that chunks of ice stick to the bottle, is the drink of choice in Brazil. And an assortment of fried foods makes the perfect pairing, be it pastéis – deep-fried parcels of crisp pastry filled with melting cheese, or minced beef, or creamy palm heart –, or crunchy batons of manioc, bolinhos (‘little balls’) most often made with salt cod. Or perhaps coxinha (‘little thigh’), with shredded chicken and potato pureed, shaped like a (very voluptuous) thigh and covered in golden breadcrumbs.
Pão de queijo
Cheese and bread, two staple favourites the world over, are brought together in glorious union in Brazil’s pão de queijo (cheese bread). This moreish snack is enjoyed as much at breakfast as it is at any time of the day or night. Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.
Cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice, and is best known as the fiery kick in caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail.
Paraty is a small town backed by mountains on Brazil's Costa Verde, between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Its Portuguese colonial center has cobbled streets and 17th- and 18th-century buildings dating to its time as a port, during the Brazilian Gold Rush. Among its architectural landmarks is the waterfront Capela de Santa Rita, a whitewashed church built in 1722.
How to get to Paraty
We booked our transfer with Green Toad bus's and took a boat from Ilha Grande to the main island. We then boarded our minivan and travelled to Paraty (6 hours). Green Toad bus's are by far the best method of transport between town, cities and Islands
you can also arrive from Sao Paulo and Rio using Green Toad