Tropical weather, a small historic city, a long boat trip, secluded beaches, and breathtaking views… this describes our free day in Paraty (pronounced par-a-chee). However, words cannot actually describe the amazing day we had, and thus, this blog will consist of a sequence of pictures attempting to take you along on our adventure.
The morning started off with breakfast at our hotel, de Villas Paraty. This quaint hotel with colorful windows and doors quickly set the mood for the incredible day we were about to experience.
A quick stroll through the historic city square led us to our vessel for the day, Jessica I. Paraty is a preserved Portuguese colonial and Brazilian Imperial town located on the Costa Verde (Green Coast), a green corridor that runs along the coastline of the state of Rio de Janeiro. No cars are allowed within the historic city center, allowing the tight, cobblestone streets and authentic buildings to remain very well preserved.
Once on the boat, we were treated to amazing views of the city with a backdrop of the Green Coast.
The Jessica I made four stops along the way: two which allowed us to jump directly off the boat and enjoy a swim for some relief from the heat and humidity, a lunch break in calm waters with a beautiful view, and finally a secluded beach where we were able to explore and enjoy a final swim.
Following the boat tour, we continued to explore the town, enjoying its charm and purchasing souvenirs.
Overall, it was a relaxing day with a great adventure that we will all surely never forget!