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250km south-west of Rio (and a similar distance north-east of São Paulo) is the 17th century colonial port of Paraty, whose cobbled centre has been declared a national historic monument. In and around the town are some lovely art galleries, craft shops, pousadas and private villas.

There are some classic examples of Brazilian Baroque architecture and interesting museums. Paraty hosts one of South America’s most important literary festivals, held each year in July or August.

Our preferred accommodation

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    Casa Cairušu

    Villa - 15 minutes from Paraty by boat
    This charming beach house is owned by Simon and Fabi Heyes (Simon was a member of the LF team for many years). Nestled in luxuriant vegetation just yards from the ocean the wide verandas offer stunning views from deck chairs or hammocks. There is a fully equipped kitchen; a library of books, CDs and DVDs; a selection of board games; snorkelling equipment, two double kayaks, paddle boards, and rods.
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    Casa Turquesa

    Beach hotel - Paraty
    This eighteenth-century town house was sadly destroyed by fire in the twentieth century, but has since been carefully restored into a beautiful pousada. The original colonial architecture is still present throughout the property, but the owners have also included a number of contemporary features, including a swimming pool, hot tub, bar and wine cellar.
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    Fazenda Catušaba

    Country hotel - about 2 hours by road from Paraty
    The property is a 450 hectare Coffee Fazenda, dating from 1850, about 20km from the small town of São Luiz do Paraitinga. The main house oozes character and maintains many original features including wonderful wooden floors and traditional furniture. The dining area, sitting room, wine cellar and library are all in the main building which overlooks the gardens and terrace. There is a minimum stay of 4 nights.
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    Pousada do Ouro

    Inn/Posada - Paraty
    A comfortable and friendly pousada a block away from the the sea front. The spacious rooms and communal areas are set around a central courtyard, tropical garden and pool. Across the road is an annexe with more rooms and a reading room.
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    Pousada do Sandi

    Inn/Posada - Paraty
    This is a bright and airy hotel with comfortable rooms and local art on the walls throughout the public areas.
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    Pousada Literaria

    Inn/Posada - Paraty
    A beautifully renovated colonial town house with traditional white-washed walls. The central courtyard encloses a large heated swimming pool, and there is also a living room and a spa. Breakfast can be served in the bar or in the room.

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