A paradise of tropical forests, waterfalls, emerald sea and coastal mountains, Parati is a popular tourist destination located along Brazil’s Green Coast in the Rio de Janeiro state. Also spelled Paraty, this beautiful city is a former Portuguese colony established on the shores of the Bay of Ilha Grande.
The heart of Parati is its historic center with cobbled streets and multicolored colonial houses, many of which now serve as bed-and-breakfast accommodations called pousadas. Some of the most visited attractions here are the colonial defense forts that still boast original walls and cannons. Additionally, museums, art galleries, cultural centers, shops, restaurants and bars can all be found within and without the historic center.
Surrounding the city are several beautiful parks and nature preserves where visitors can hike and explore the natural setting of mangrove forest, waterfalls and wildlife. There are also indigenous villages here that can be visited. The bay offers gorgeous beaches where visitors can enjoy swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, diving and boat cruises.
Parati has a diversity of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, offering a variety of choices. The country’s most popular alcoholic drink, caipirinha, is widely available here because Parati is a major producer of its sugarcane blend, cachaça.
The historic center of Parati is pedestrian-only.