Paraty is a Brazilian Historic Heritage that preserves until today its countless natural and architectural charms . Located on the southern coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro , at 258 km away from the capital . Border with the São Paulo state , 280km away from it´s capital; Walk around the historic center of Paraty is entering another era where walking is slow due to the stones of it´s streets .
The constructions of the houses and churches reflect the colonial portuguese style and the mysterious Masonic symbols that adorn its walls lead us to imagine how life would be in Brazil during the gold cycle. A ban on car traffic in the Center contributes to this trip by the "Time Tunnel" . The city was founded in 1667 around the Main Church. Had great economic importance due to the sugar cane mills (had over 150), is considered synonymous of Cachaça. In the eighteenth century, stood out as important port through which it flowed from Minas Gerais, gold and precious stones that embarked for Portugal. However, constant attacks of pirates who took refuge on beaches as Trindade, made the gold route change, leading the city to a large economic isolation. After opening the Paraty - Cunha road, and especially after the construction of the Rio-Santos Highway in the 70s , Paraty becomes hub for national and international tourism , due to its good condition and thanks to its natural beauties . In your area, there is the National Park Serra da Bocaina, where the village of Trindade is located, the area of Cairuçu Environmental Protection, the Reserve of Juatinga, and also borders on the Serra do Mar State Park. In other words , Atlantic Forest is everywhere.