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