Side Trips from Rio

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  • 1. Angra Top


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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