Paraty is a preserved colonial beach town located on the Costa Verde that runs along the coastline of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Paraty was occupied by the Portuguese and this reflects in the town’s beautiful architecture. This exquisitely preserved historical gem is renowned for its centuries-old architecture and for its narrow cobbled streets that are off limits to motor vehicles. Paraty is also home to beautiful secluded beaches, forests, breathtaking mountains, waterfall, old churches and buildings, and much more, and is surrounded by stunning islands. During the summer, Paraty gets crowded and is packed with vacationers from all over Brazil and Europe. Paraty has become a very popular destination and is a must-visit when in Brazil. For Muslim tourists, locating Halal-friendly facilities will prove to be difficult.
Paraty is the ideal beach getaway. There are dozens of pristine and secluded beaches located in the area and some a couple of hours away by boat or bus. The secluded beaches are usually preferred amongst Muslim tourists as they provide the privacy required. These beaches are ideal for those looking to relax, and it is unheard of to visit Paraty and not enjoy a day out at a sunny, tropical beach.
Visitors must also visit one of the many waterfalls in the area. Cachoeira da Pedra Branca are exceptionally beautiful and are ecological attractions that must not be missed.
Because the town only allows pedestrians, it manages to preserve its historic sites, the old coble stone streets and peaceful environment. The town is compact in size, therefore getting around Paraty is quite easy. Walking is also, as always, the best way to see and to get to know a particular place. Most buildings in the area have been very well preserved and still have a historic charm to them. The historic centre’s old buildings are now occupied by bed and breakfasts and other shops and restaurants and are really quite charming.
Another must-visit is the Parque Nacional da Serra da Bocaina which is located between the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Visitors can take jeep tours through the area and will come across an unimaginable variety of flora and fauna, some beautiful waterfalls and so much more.
The area around Paraty is also ideal for outdoor activities like kayaking, snorkeling, trekking, horse riding, swimming and diving. Tourists can also take guided walks, speed boat tours as well as jeep excursions and more.
The nearest airport to Paraty is Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, which is located quite far away; at approximately 245 kilometeres. Located approximately 179 kilometeres away is São José dos Campos-Professor Urbano Ernesto Stumpf Airport, which has domestic flights.
There are no known Halal restaurants in Paraty. However Muslim visitors can dine on vegetarian or seafood dishes from local non-Halal restaurants after ensuring that the dishes do not consist of any non-Halal items. Muslim tourists may be able to obtain information regarding Halal food by inquiring at some of the local restaurants. Muslim visitors must also be aware that most restaurants in Paraty do serve alcohol.
There are no known mosques in Paraty. Muslim tourists can ask the locals for mosques located in areas nearby or, Muslim tourists are advised to pray in their hotel room before setting out on any excursion, if possible.