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    Paraty  has  been  linked  to  an   important  period  of brazilian  history. Due to its  strategic  position  the  city  has become  the second largest harbor of the country in            a short while: the gold was  flown off  from Minas  Gerais to Portugal.  Get to know a little bit more  about this city settled  between the  sea and the  mountains  and fall in                    love with it.




  In 1870, due to the opening of the railroad  between Rio

 and Sao Paulo through the Paraiba valley, the old donkey 
trail through the sea mountain range has lost its function  
drastically affecting the economic activity in  Paraty as a  
whole.  The second element in its decay was the  slavery   
abolition  in 1888,  causing  such an  exodus that from its 
6.000 existent inhabitants in 1851,  only “600 old people, 
women and children” were left definitely isolating Paraty  
from  the  rest of the  country  for  decades.  While  roads 
were  opened  all over the  country,  Paraty could only be  
accessed  by boats  coming from  Angra dos Reis as in its  
colonial period, and after 1950 by land, Cunha via, a road 
that could only  be accessed if it weren’t raining and took  
advantage   of  part  of the  old  coffe  and gold road.  This 
involuntary    isolation    was    what    has    paradoxically 
preserved not only  the  colonial  architecture  of the city, 
but also its usages and habits.


                                                                                  SEAL                                                                             COUNTRY............BRAZIL                                                REGION...............SOUTHEAST  STATE................RIO DE JANEIRO

      FLAG   ÁREA.....928.47 KM2 (358.5 SQMI)                 ELEVATION.......5M (16 FT)POPULATION.....33.100                                        


        

                CHURCH OF SANTA RITA


                  ARRIVING TO GO SHOPPING


         CITY ENTRANCE THROUGH PEREQUÊ-AÇÚ RIVER



  The original installation of the city was ingenious: the street cleaning was made by the tide itself.  Nowadays There’s a  department  of garbage  collect  and sewage              treatment, but the tide keeps coming in...






          THE CITY ALL SET FOR ITS NIGHTLIFE


THE NIGHTLIFE IS INTENSE AND ENDS UP ONLY IN THE MORNING


TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE HISTORICAL CENTER


 THE CATHOLIC TRADITION IS HIGHLY PRESENT IN PARATY