On Friday June 17, we travelled from Ilha Grande to Paraty. Once again we took the Easy Transfer van. We talked about it in the previous post. And coming from Rio de Janeiro we did not only book the Rio – Ilha Grande route but we booked the Rio – Ilha Grande – Paraty route. This costs a little bit more (145 Real, June 2016) and once again it includes the boat and drop-off at our hostel.
We arrived in the dark which meant we could not experience the city yet. But we made up for this on Saturday. Paraty is absolutely a place worth visiting. As you can read in the heading of this journal it is an old colonial city where the old city center stayed intact. We strolled through its very nice streets and we really enjoyed every corner, street, door and boat. How strange it is that is still looks like the 19th century? It is just so authentic. How is that possible?
So we had a lot of questions about Paraty. How ideal that there is a free walking tour available. They started just one month ago and this was a tip from Bart and Nathalie. Thanks guys! Just be at the central square in front of the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios church at 5 PM and you can participate.
I will write a separate blog about it very soon but in short the tour gives great insights into Paraty’s history, its preservation and its hidden symbols from the freemasons. At the end you can show your appreciation by giving the guide a tip. But this is entirely up to you.
There are a lot of art studios, workshops and boutiques in Paraty. Artist absolutely found this city. In our talks with one we learn that they find the right inspiration. The view is great, the weather almost always good and it is not crowded. All the right ingredients to be creative in their line of work. Try walking in to one. You will be amazed about all the nice paintings you’ll see.
Also the doors of the houses are beautiful. The one is even more beautifuler then the other. They really stand out because all houses are white. And I know that I am talking about doors. They are painted in a variety of colors. You will never find the same color in one street. In the pre housenumbers era people used the colors to point out their house in the right street.
Our Sunday was all about relaxation. Sleeping out, enjoy a nice breakfast, writing a few blogs, Skype with the Hendriksen sisters and brother. Just nothing. And we made an important decision. Since 2014 we have tried to become a volunteer at the Rio Olympics which we succeeded in December 2015. But after careful consideration we have decided not to do this. The costs of beds are just to expensive. On one hand it is a financial decision, on the other hand the organization and communication with the organizing committee is far from good. This doesn’t help. But we will go and experience the party. So we will be back in Rio but this time only for 5 days.
Sunday afternoon we wanted to go to the old fortress on the hill but it was closed. So we wandered the streets of Paraty again and sat on a nice terrace. Here we met Theo from Ilha Grande again. He told us that is is writing a book about traveling in Brazil. That night we met again for dinner and we heard several great tips from him that will help us find the best spots in Brazil.
Tomorrow we are going to Sao Paolo to experience the largest city of South America. Stay tuned.