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Arraial do Cabo

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Nicknamed the "Caribbean of Brazil" in honor of its translucent white sands and crystal clear warm waters, Arraial do Cabo is a favorite...

Associação dos Barqueiros

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This group runs boat tours to the islands around Angra dos Reis, and rents out boats, plus skipper, for up to 10 people. One great tour...

Blue Lagoon

  • 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...

Casa da Cultura

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

Casa de Santos Dumont

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

Catedral São Pedro de Alcântara

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

Dois Rios

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

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz

  • 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,...

Forte Defensor Perpétuo

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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...

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

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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...


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