We arrived in Paraty after a short 5 hour local bus (short by South American standards) and decided to walk to our hostel.
The 'Bossa Nova' hostel was our first fully fledged dorm outing, a 7 bed mixed dorm with en-suite bathroom and its fair to say I almost had a meltdown on arrival! The sight of the triple bunk beds (we had been given the middle bunk on each) and the prison style wet room of a bathroom along with 'lockers' that you couldn't actually lock made me wonder why we were doing this and not just relaxing on a beach in the Maldives for 2 weeks instead!
Paraty is a small town backed by mountains, Its Portuguese colonial center has cobbled streets and 17th- and 18th-century buildings dating to its time as a port, during the Brazilian Gold Rush.
We were a good 15 minutes walk from the main old town so rather than stay in the ridiculously hot (no AC!!) room we went off for an explore.
We spent the next day exploring the streets once again and just taking a day to relax on the very small beach near the harbour - there are other beaches a short bus ride away but for the 10 minutes or so i can actually last on a beach before being too hot this one was good enough.
Both of us had decided to work right up to our trip departure and with the hectic pace of Rio spending a bit of time somewhere a little slower was what we both needed.
Our last day in Paraty we decided to head out on one of the many boats that promised trips of '2 beaches, 2 islands' that were all docked colourfully along the main harbour. For about £16 each we were treated to a full day sailing around the local islands with the promised 4 stops for snorkelling and topping up the tan. Its fair to say this was the first day we relaxed fully and actually felt like we were on holiday, Georgina even complying with the typical Brit abroad approach to tanning - lobster red!
After 5 days in Paraty our opinions of our dingy room had changed and we became quite fond of the hostel, Georgina in particular but mainly due to the Avocado tree outside our dorm and were sad to move on.
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