Where To Stay in Paraty

Now that we have a car, exploring other areas of Brazil is much easier! About 4.5 hours away from Rio is the beautiful town of Paraty. Getting there is an interesting experience all on its own, driving through, in and around the many mountains (it is crazy trail as you can see from our GPS above). You will see thousands of cows (I think there are more cows in these mountains then rats in the NYC subway!)  It feels like you are in a ‘live’ version of Mario Cart taking crazy turns and the wild Brazilian drivers passing you on every side.  You will also find that GPS will sometimes not be able to pin point your location- ours actually suggested that we ‘find a road’….Warning: If driving at night— there are NO lights anywhere so try to drive during the day.  Ok so after a few detours we made it to Pousada Ouro. A great hotel in the historical center of Paraty.

Find your room…Looks like a mini version of what the actual town looks like!

Located in the heart of a beautiful colonial town, with great proximity to restaurants and sea; the hotel combines historic ambiance with modern conveniences.  The rooms are on the smaller side, but very charming nonetheless.  There was a nice pool (shown below) in the shape of an arrow with a bar area and pool table on the opposite side.

They also serve a very nice breakfast of fresh fruits, breads, home made yogurt and hot options as well- great way to start your activity filled day! Love that almost every hotel you stay at in Brazil includes a fresh breakfast;)

Packing tip for the ladies— The cobblestone streets here are harder to walk on than any other cobblestone street I have reported on and the night life is low key, consisting of nice restaurants and some live music so it is safe to leave your heels at home, I promise!


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Buzios: Where to stay

Perched on a hill side between Centro and Orla Bardot, Vila D’Este is a wonderful hotel with amazing views, beautiful decor, excellent staff, very peaceful AND close to everything you need!

The hotel itself is beautiful, overlooking the bay (above is the view from our room!),there are 2 pools: the one above is a regular pool, the pool pictured below is a ‘warm’ pool with jets. Enjoy the gorgeous sunset by the warm pool, sipping on caipirinhas, listening to the DJ, who plays nice lounge music on Saturdays.

To the right, the warm pool flows into the hotels massive steam room.  SO relaxing! All of the soaps and toiletries are by L´Occitane, so it smells great wherever you go.

The restaurant is small, but very cute with an incredible view facing the bay.  Each morning there is a delicious buffet breakfast of fresh fruits, breads and some hot items.  Excellent way to start your day!

The hotel is a short walk (2 mins) from Rua das Pedras, located at Orla Bardot, therefore, you can walk to the best restaurants in town. WARNING for the Ladies: ALL of the streets are cobblestone…. so wear shoes you can walk in or at least ‘manage’ (ie no stilettos- saw a few girls get stuck and fall over… not pretty!) also, as you can see the stairs are also stones and pretty steep- I found it easiest to just carry my shoes till I  got to the bottom:)

For a weekend getaway in Buzios Vila D’este is the place to stay!