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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Enjoy Drinks With A View at Bar dos Descasados

Whether you are heading to Santa Teresa for dinner or drinks, everyone you meet will tell you that you must go to Bar dos Descasados at the Santa Teresa Hotel.

The hotel occupies an old house that was once an old coffee plantation home…. and the bar area was actually once the slave quarters! Now, fully restored, the decor is extremely tasteful, using and abusing a lot of demolition wood and the beauty of Brazilian handicrafts. But the real reason people gravitate to this tucked away beautiful hotel is for the breathtaking view of Rio and the delicious drinks!

Spend an afternoon or evening (or both, once you get comfortable you may not want to leave) lounging in a big comfy chair,or plush cabana bed on the terrace. 

Order the ‘French Pink Mojito’ (champagne, rum, cranberry and mint) or the ‘Iced Teresa’ (Mojito with Mate) both are delicious while you enjoy the fabulous views of Rio de Janeiro. If you are hungry for a little snack I recommend the freshly made chips with alioli dip. Though I didn’t eat there, the food looked great and the desserts were to die for— might actually have to make a trip back specifically to try the desserts!  Tip:  This is a prime sunset spot so try to get there half an hour before so you get a comfy seat! 

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