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In 1660 Paraty was a reasonable commercial area and its development   was  due  to   its  strategic  position  at  the   bottom  of  Ilha  Grande bay area; the road headed  up the        mountains   towards   Guaratinguetá ,  then  Freguesia  da  Piedade   ( now called Lorena ),    Garganta  do  Embu  and  reached Minas Gerais:   it was known as "Caminho do Ouro  da   Piedade"   ( “The Gold way of Piedade” );   and  to  the  harbor   that   was   once    considered   the   second   most   important of the country.


FROM THE SEA MOUNTAIN RANGE THE BEAUTY OF PARATY CAN BE SEEN


THE PASSAGEWAY MADE BY SLAVES IN 1600 REMAINS THE SAME


      YOU CAN GO THROUGH IT AS IN 500 YEARS AGO

    The geographic features  - mountain range reaching the  ocean in  several places  –  and  the Mata Atlantica coverage (Atlantic forest) protected by law, provides  beautiful, fresh, sometimes cold and always crystalline waterfalls.                  

calhoeira da forquilha

     BEAUTY AND COLD SHOWER FACING THE HEAT


               THE WATER IS CRYSTALLINE AND DEEP

cachoeira de paraty-mirim

          THESE TWO ARE CLOSE TO THE BEACH

cachoeira da pedra que engole 

                 THE STONE SWALLOWS IT

cachoeira do tobogã

THE LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXPERTS IN SURFING ON THE STONE

cachoeira do perequê-açu

             DEEP AND DEEPLY CLEAN

poço das andorinhas

                  PLAYING IN FRESH WATER

poço do tarzan

  THERE’S A SUSPENDED WAY WITH CABLES OVER THIS ONE