Side Trips from Rio

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  • 1. Angra Top

    Tour–Sight

    This reliable outfit sails its schooners, catamarans, and other boats on day trips to the islands around Angra dos Reis with stops for swimming...Read More

  • 2. Fazenda Bananal

    Educational Institution

    Drive 15 minutes inland from Paraty to this immaculately restored colonial fazenda (farm), where you can feast on delicious farm-to-table...Read More

  • 3. Lopes Mendes

    Lopez Mendes | Beach–Sight

    Locals and visitors alike regard Lopes Mendes, a 3-km (2-mile) stretch of dazzling-white sand lapped by emerald waters, as the most beautiful...Read More

  • 4. Museu de Arte Contemporânea

    Museum/Gallery

    Designed by the late, great modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer, the cliff-top Museum of Contemporary Art looks like a spaceship that has touched...Read More

  • 5. Museu Imperial

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The magnificent 44-room palace that was the summer home of Dom Pedro II, emperor of Brazil, and his family in the 19th century is now the Imperial...Read More

  • 6. Palácio de Cristal

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The Crystal Palace, a stained-glass and iron building made in France and assembled in Brazil, is rather less grand than its name suggests, resembling...Read More

  • 7. Praia da Ferradura

    Ferradura | Beach–Sight

    On a cove that protects it from the winds that often blow elsewhere on the peninsula, Praia da Ferradura has calm waters that make it a perfect...Read More

  • 8. Praia de Geribá

    Geribá | Beach–Sight

    This long half-moon of white sand is fashionable with a young crowd, and its breaks and swells make it popular with surfers and windsurfers...Read More

  • 9. Praia do Foguete

    Beach–Sight

    This beach is famous for its almost transparent soft white sand and the equally clear waters that shelter sea creatures such as turtles, dolphins...Read More

  • 10. Praia do Pontal da Atalaia

    Beach–Sight

    Across the bay from the idyllic Ilha do Farol (Lighthouse Island), the waters on the peninsula are equally as spectacular, but easier to access...Read More

  • 11. Praia do Sono

    Trindade | Beach–Sight

    Secluded Sono Beach is one of the Paraty area's most beautiful strands, with thick jungle framing the crescent of light, soft sand bordering...Read More

  • 12. Angra dos Reis Turismo

    Centro | Tour–Sight

    This group runs boat tours to the islands around Angra dos Reis, transfers from Angra to Ilha Grande and rents out boats, plus skipper, for...Read More

  • 13. Blue Lagoon

    Lagoa Azul | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This natural pool forms at low tide and is home to thousands of brightly colored fish that will literally eat out of your hands. Many tour operators...Read More

  • 14. Casa da Cultura

    Centro Histórico | Museum/Gallery

    The largest cultural center in Paraty, Casa da Cultura is dedicated to telling the story of the city and its people. Permanent and visiting...Read More

  • 15. Casa de Santos Dumont

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Known as "Encantado" or "enchanted," this diminutive cottage wouldn't look out of place in a fairy-tale wood. Santos Dumont, one of the world...Read More

  • 16. Catedral São Pedro de Alcântara

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The imposing Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara, a fine example of Gothic architecture and the city's most recognizable landmark, sits at...Read More

  • 17. Dois Rios

    Dois Rios | Beach–Sight

    With its pristine white sands and turquoise waters, this beautiful, unspoiled beach sits in stark contrast to the dark prison ruins behind it...Read More

  • 18. Fortaleza de Santa Cruz

    Jurujuba | Building/Architectural Site

    Built in 1555, the impressive Fortaleza de Santa Cruz was the first fort on Guanabara Bay. The cannons are distributed over two levels, but...Read More

  • 19. Forte Defensor Perpétuo

    Military Site

    Paraty's only fort was built in the early 1700s, and rebuilt in 1822, as a defense against pirates. It's a pleasant short climb through jungle...Read More

  • 20. Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

    Centro Histórico | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Also known as Igreja Matriz, the neoclassical Church of Our Lady of Remedies was built in 1787 and is one of Paraty's most iconic buildings...Read More

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