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Paraty: Jungle Waterfalls and Cachaça Distillery Jeep Tour

1. Paraty: Jungle Waterfalls and Cachaça Distillery Jeep Tour

The tour departs from Paraty and heads out towards the vibrant Serra da Bocaina National Park, a vast area of protected Atlantic rainforest. Arrive at the park and hike through the tropical forest until you reach the stunning Pedra Branca waterfall, one of the most beautiful in the region. Take advantage of the breathtaking location and snap unforgettable photos for your holiday album. Continue through the forest and learn about the rich biodiversity of the park, watching out for native species of bird along the way. With your guide, discover the park’s unique flora and fauna including the Jequitibá, one of the largest trees in the region. Afterwards travel to the village of Penha to visit the nearby Tobogã waterfall, where locals and tourists practice surfing on the rock. Admire this one-of-a-kind location as well as the natural pools of Poço do Tarzan and cool off from the humid weather with a refreshing dip in the water. Stop for lunch at the nearby Villa Verda, cozy restaurant that sits beside the Pereque-açu River, and taste a selection of authentic delicacies to the region. Finally, visit Engenho D'Ouro Alembic to observe the process of cachaça making at a unique distillery to learn about and taste this beloved Brazilian beverage.

Paraty: Gold Trail Rainforest Hiking Tour

2. Paraty: Gold Trail Rainforest Hiking Tour

Spend a day hiking and learning about the very important role Paraty played in Brazil's history. Discover how the area was home to the most important gold export port in Brazil during the colonial period. Gold and diamonds used to come from Ouro Preto and Diamantina, cities with names thanks to the volume of diamonds and gold found there, both World Heritage listed sites by UNESCO. Start the tour by meeting your guide at the meeting point. Take a short walk up to the bus station to catch a regular public bus from Paraty to the beginning of the trail. The trail runs for about 3.6 km and takes part of the Gold Trail, that used to link Paraty and Diamantina. It is through this ancient trail that you will learn about the history of Gold with the tour guide, returning to the time when the tropeiros (horse drivers), gold diggers, and slaves went up and down the mountain on donkeys. These riches led to the widening of Brazil's borders. Because the trail is located inside Serra da Bocaina National Park, you will also find several landscapes and species of fauna and flora characteristic of the Atlantic Forest. At the end, take an optional visit to the Tobogã Waterfall and the Engenho do D'Ouro distillery near the Paraty-Cunha road in the community of Vila do Penha (not included). Finally, return by regular bus to the meeting point in Paraty.

Paraty: 3-Hour Rainforest Horseback Ride

3. Paraty: 3-Hour Rainforest Horseback Ride

Transfer from the meeting point in Paraty to the neighborhood of Pedras Azuis, where the trail begins. The horses are well cared for and trained for beginner riding tours, ensuring your well-being during the whole experience. You will be with a trained local monitor throughout the entirety of the tour. Gallop by the Serra da Bocaina National Park, established in 1971 and one of the largest protected areas in the Atlantic Forest. The national park boasts varied landscapes and stunning natural attractions, like beaches, natural pools, rivers, peaks, and viewpoints — not to mention the wide variety of flora and fauna. Canter down amazing trails by forests and plains, with stops at waterfalls, for bathing, and at lookouts, where you can take in fantastic vistas over the city and the Paraty Bay. After the tour ends, transfer back to the meeting point in Paraty.

Paraty: Half-Day Bike Rental

4. Paraty: Half-Day Bike Rental

Explore Paraty with ease with a half-day bike rental. In addition to enjoying the stunning scenery of the city, take a breath of fresh air while participating in a relaxing outdoor activity. This tour entitles you to 3 hours with the bike, and includes a map, helmet, and padlock. To get the most out of the city, there are several recommended itineraries. Jet between trails, waterfalls, and famous cachaça distilleries in the middle of stunning nature. Head to the Morro do Defensor Fotress, a remarkable fortification that rises over the sea, perched on a hill. Criss-cross through the historic city center, with its beautiful colonial architecture and charming shops. Explore the vast beaches around the city, with great bike paths and many kiosks for a break as you bike along the Atlantic.

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What people are saying about Paraty

Recommended tour with a nice guide. Lots of explanations and information. Two stops with smaller hikes to beautiful waterfalls, a visit to a restaurant and a stop at the Cachaca distillery - there also a nice English-speaking guide and good tasting.

We very much enjoyed the activity. Our guide, Leidiana of Paraty tours, was very knowledgeable about the gold trail and the rainforest in general. We can only recommend this activity also for English speaking people as she spoke it very good!

beautiful day, Luis our guide was exceptional. very attentive and very friendly, we loved our excursion. Nature was beautiful! I highly recommend this Jeep activity with Paraty Tour

Great day activity, very well supervised. The staff is very friendly and speaks English, which is appreciated. I recommend Paraty Tour for any day trip, no disappointment.

Luan (our tour guide) was very good at explaining the nature and history of the area. It is a tour that is definitely worth doing when in Paraty.