Hiking Around Paraty and Surrounding Beaches

While I was living in Rio, one of my best and oldest friends from home, Mareill, came to visit me to help me celebrate my 27th birthday.

As if visiting me wasn’t enough, as a birthday gift, she generously treated me to a three-day hiking trip around Paraty, a small coastal colonial town in the state of Rio de Janeiro. I know, I have some pretty awesome friends.

To get to Paraty, we woke up before the crack of dawn (around 3AM) and took a bus from Rio, which was about five hours away. From there, we hopped on a boat and headed to a nearby beach, where we began our hike.

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The beautiful pink boat we took

Paraty runs along the coastline (Costa Verde) of the state of Rio and is surrounded by untouched beaches and lush green mountains and forests.

During the boat ride, we passed by little islands like this one…

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And about an hour later, we finally reached the beach where we started our hike…

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I know. And that’s not even photoshopped.

Before starting the hike, we explored the beaches a bit, finding that, while they were not entirely secluded (there were actually people living on and near the beaches), they felt completely cut off from civilization. It was definitely a nice escape.

After the first day of hiking, we set up camp at a campsite, where a local of the area  served us a homemade dinner. We were both so tired that we passed out at around 7PM.

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Our campsite the first night

The next day, we hiked by some jaw-dropping landscape…

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And that evening, after a long day of hiking, we arrived at an adorable, bustling little village (comparatively, anyway).

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Bar/restaurant on one of the beaches

For dinner, we went to a local villager’s home, where we were cooked yet another meal. Something I could definitely get used to…

And we spent the night in a tiny house that had just a bathroom and a bedroom.

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The next day, we woke up early again for a third (and final) day of hiking, which led to even more beautiful, pristine beaches.

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And after a lot of hiking, we finally reached the best view of all…

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We hiked down to the bottom of the trail and arrived at yet another little beach village (perhaps the biggest one of all).

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One of the beach bars/restaurants at the last beach we trekked through

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Loved the carefully crafted, handmade chairs and tables

 

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A school on the beach 

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Loving the creativity here.
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Bathroom/outdoor sinks of one of the homes

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After a little R & R, we were off again to continue the last leg of the hike.

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One final view before leaving
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The last leg of the hike…at this point, I was about ready to collapse!

Once we finally finished the hike, we caught a bus back to Paraty, where we explored a bit more before heading back to Rio.

Even if you don’t make it to the beaches, Paraty is definitely worth a visit. The historic center of the town is made up of narrow, cobblestone streets and whitewashed, red-roofed buildings that are adorned by colorful doors and windows. Cars are prohibited, so people get around by horse and carriage or bicycle. It looks a little something like this…

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How can you not fall in love with that place?

After the sun set, we caught the bus back to Rio. It was hard to leave Paraty, but it’s a little hard to complain when your home looks like this…

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Morro Dois Irmoes, Rio de Janeiro
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