03.06.2013 - 03.06.2013 90 °F
Oh, a wonderful, sunny day! We anchored in the Bay of Paraty and a 45 minute Tender ride brought us into this Brazilian town of 16,000 inhabitants which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The town developed when gold was discovered in 1696 in the mountains of Minas Gerais. It became almost deserted when the gold rush ended. The beautiful colonial buildings were therefore preserved, and it is now a wonderful vacation spot and haven for artists.
The old town is a draw, but most vacationers also try out the more than 200 secluded beaches that surround the bay and take adventure trips up into the surrounding jungle.
Our guide this morning, Louis, brought us into the hills and rainforest above Paraty to show us the beauty of three different waterfalls.
The Pedra Branca Waterfall
Does this remind our New England friends of Swift River (near the Kancamagus) in New Hampshire?
One of the more unique features of this town - the low sea walls have gaps built into them so that twice a day, as the tide rises, the streets are flooded in some sections of town (usually to about 6 inches) and then are washed by the receding waters.