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Paraty, Brazil Luxury Cruises

Residing in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Paraty is as far removed from the city which shares the regions namesake as you can get. This is a coastal historic town concerned more with old churches and cobbled streets than carnivals or nightclubbing. Don't let the demure atmosphere fool you however- Patray is every bit as vibrant as the most revered of Brazilian cruise ports, without the baggage of the tourist crowds flooding its beaches every summer.

If you've become bored of the skyscrapers and traffic of the South American capitals, this is most definitely the destination for you.  The emerald green waters surrounding the port are utterly tranquil throughout most of the year, making it a perfect place to scuba, snorkel and Jet Ski, while the nearby islets, waterfalls and forests make it both a cultural hub and a brilliant place to begin a hiking journey.

Sightseeing in Paraty

Casa de Cultura

A former colonial mansion in the centre of town may look austere and completely untouched from the exterior, but it has an intriguing hidden purpose. Inside, there is a permanent exhibition hosted within the main gallery, displaying photos and video installations which document the contemporary local culture- all created from reminiscing with residents. As well as a look at the modern development of Paraty during the 20th century, you also take a fascinating tour through a hall displaying relics found within the ruins of the earliest settlements to be found on the coastline.

Forte Defensor Perpetuo

Just a 20-minute walk north of town, the Forte Defensor Perpetuo stands atop the hill known as Morro de Sao Roque. Originally built as a defence from pirate raids, six artillery guns overlook the Paraty bay, still in amazing condition considering they were erected as in 1703. Not only can you get a fine view of the entire region from its commanding position on the hill, but a tour of the interior buildings has a treasure trove of historical marvels to reveal. The main buildings in the complex house former command centres, barracks and troop armouries, some of which still contain remnants of the military occupation. This is a fascinating excursion, worth the trip for the panoramic view alone.

 Matriz de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios

In 1787, the township of Paraty was home to two 17th century churches which had become dilapidated to the point where they simply couldn't remain standing. The First Church of our Lady of the Remedies was built upon the remnants of these two chapels, combining them into a single magnificent building. Local legend insists that this vast construction was financed by pirate gold, yet there's nothing dubious about the cultural pedigree inside- you can get a brilliant look at artworks from past and contemporary local artists within its splendid vaulted interior.

Shopping in Paraty

From its beginnings as a colonial settlement, Paraty has had a proud history of fine craftsmen gracing its charming cobblestone streets. You can find diverse art styles within all the mosaics, jewellery, painting and ceramics which are exquisitely crafted by the locals. Head to the centre of town for a fantastic chance to get hold of one of these genuinely unique pieces.

Eating out in Paraty

The cuisine in Paraty is very much about blending the flavours of their colonial roots with nouveau Brazilian dishes. For a great taster of this rare culinary treat, head to Le Castellet, where the menu offers up salade nicoise, croque monsieur and crepes cooked to perfection. All with a Brazilian twist of course.

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1 Rio Intensive
09 December 2020 - 12 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Santos, Brazil | Parati | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires, Argentina more

Fly Cruise £2599pp
Cruise Only £1279pp
2 New Years In Rio
21 December 2020 - 15 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Punta Del Este | Santos, Brazil | Ilhabela | Parati | Buzios, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Copacabana Beach | Copacabana Beach | Montevideo, Uruguay | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires, Argentina more

Fly Cruise £3999pp
Cruise Only £2439pp
3 Grand South America
07 January 2021 - 69 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Cozumel Quintana Roo Mexico | Belize | Roatan | Puerto Limon | San Blas Islands | Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama | Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama | Guayaquil, Ecuador | Guayaquil, Ecuador | Salaverry, Peru | Lima | Lima | Lima | Pisco (San Martin) | Arica | Coquimbo | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia, Argentina | Ushuaia, Argentina | Stanley, Falkland Islands | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Punta Del Este | Itajai | Ilhabela | Paraty, Brazil | Buzios, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Salvador Bahia (Brazil) | Recife, Brazil | Fortaleza | Ile Royale | Barbados | Saint George | Castries | St. John's | Gustavia | San Juan | San Juan | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise £33249pp
Cruise Only £33249pp
4 Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro
08 January 2021 - 10 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Punta Del Este | Rio Grande | Porto Belo | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Parati | Ilha Grande | Buzios, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil more

Fly Cruise £3299pp
Cruise Only £2029pp
5 Rio de janeiro to Lima
18 January 2021 - 30 nights

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Buzios, Brazil | Ilha Grande | Parati | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Porto Belo | Rio Grande | Punta Del Este | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Ushuaia, Argentina | Punta Arenas, Chile | Laguna San Rafael | Puerto Chacabuco | Puerto Montt | Santiago De Chile | Coquimbo | Pisco (San Martin) | Lima more

Fly Cruise £7899pp
Cruise Only £6669pp
6 Rio de janeiro to Buenos Aires
18 January 2021 - 10 nights

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Buzios, Brazil | Ilha Grande | Parati | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Porto Belo | Rio Grande | Punta Del Este | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires, Argentina more

Fly Cruise £3299pp
Cruise Only £2279pp
7 Carnival In Rio Voyage
07 February 2021 - 13 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Montevideo, Uruguay | Santos, Brazil | Parati | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires, Argentina more

Fly Cruise £3529pp
Cruise Only £1949pp
8 Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro
14 February 2021 - 10 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Punta Del Este | Itajai | Ilhabela | Paraty, Brazil | Buzios, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil more

Fly Cruise £5399pp
Cruise Only Call
9 Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro
09 March 2021 - 10 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Punta Del Este | Rio Grande | Porto Belo | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Parati | Ilha Grande | Buzios, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil more

Fly Cruise £3789pp
Cruise Only £2379pp
10 Rio de Janeiro to Santiago
05 January 2022 - 26 nights

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Buzios, Brazil | Ilha Grande | Parati | Santos, Brazil | Porto Belo | Rio Grande | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Montevideo, Uruguay | Stanley, Falkland Islands | Ushuaia, Argentina | Punta Arenas, Chile | Laguna San Rafael | Puerto Chacabuco | Puerto Montt | Santiago more

Fly Cruise £14819pp
Cruise Only £13629pp
11 Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires
05 January 2022 - 10 nights

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Buzios, Brazil | Ilha Grande | Parati | Santos, Brazil | Porto Belo | Rio Grande | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina more

Fly Cruise £7049pp
Cruise Only £5799pp
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