Paraty is a cute old colonial town on the coast between Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. The old part of town comes complete with cobbled streets, horse drawn carts, cafes and bars with live music. It is a little touristy, but it is really quite stunning!
We stayed here for four nights, which was perfect. We had time to relax on the beach with a few caiparinhas, spent a day on a boat cruising around the islands, and another day exploring the beautiful rainforest and waterfalls in the surrounding hills.
Ten kilometres out of Paraty is a small town with a few cachaca distilleries, waterfalls, and a rock slide. One guy stood up and surfed down the rock, which seemed a little suicidal to me, but most people had fun just sitting down and sliding into the pool below. Mark had a go, but there was no way I was doing that!
This is a beautiful part of the world, and well worth a visit!