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Paraty, 12 - 17 January 2009

Another overnight bus leaving at just after midnight from Curitiba, getting into the very large bus terminal in Sao Paulo at 07h00. Very comfortable. (Not the first time we have been to Sao Paulo this trip - the plane from LHR to Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of the trip stopped there!). We hoped not to have to hang around too long for a bus on to Paraty and were lucky as we got on one at 08h30. Another 6 hours through verdant countryside dropping down to and loosely following the coast for the second half. Very pretty.

Paraty is a lovely spot but very busy as its holiday time with loads of Brazilian tourists. Lucky to get a decent room after a bit of a search. Just one problem in town ... they had a flood a couple of days before we arrived and there seems to be no water supply for much of the town! They seem to be getting round this by having water delivered by lorries, although it has meant that supplies of water to our room are on sometimes, off others!

We thought we should have a short holiday (!) before the end of our South American trip, and this is an ideal spot. Very pleasant town with colonial architecture, lots of pleasant places to eat and drink, lovely beaches not far away (accessed by bus or boat), port area with schooners and barques doing trips to beaches round the bay, etc. Lovely to get back to fish and lots of fruit after many weeks of mainly meat and potato based meals ... (Superb prawn and fish in sauces).

Had plenty of time: at various beaches, on a schooner trip stopping at beaches only accessed by boat and at other spots where you just dived into the clear blue/green waters, ambling round the old town and pier area, eating seafood every night, caipirinhas at one or the other bars next to the square, and even a bus up into the countryside to check out a waterfall and a cachaça distillery nearby. Definitely was holiday time!

Must go back again one day.

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Paraty Caipirinha

Paraty Caipirinha


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Sao Gonçalo Beach 2

Sao Gonçalo Beach 2


Schooner Trip 3

Schooner Trip 3


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Schooner Trip 1


Schooner Trip 4

Schooner Trip 4


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Schooner Trip 2


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Inland - Waterfall and Cachaça Trip 1

Inland - Waterfall and Cachaça Trip 1


Inland - Waterfall and Cachaça Trip 2

Inland - Waterfall and Cachaça Trip 2


Inland - Waterfall and Cachaça Trip 3

Inland - Waterfall and Cachaça Trip 3


Inland - Waterfall and Cachaça Trip 4

Inland - Waterfall and Cachaça Trip 4

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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