Paraty is a small historical town on Brazil’s costa verde (green coast). It was one of the main entry points into Brazil for the Portuguese and marks the start of the “gold trail”. Due to its location it remained relatively cut off from the rest of Brazil due to steep, impassable, rain forest all around it and it feels like you have gone back in time.

The historic old part of town is not open to cars and the streets are lined with boutique shops, hotels, restaurants and gallerys. The houses are painted white with the doors and windows  painted with bright colours (Eva particularly liked this as you can tell by the millions of house photos). It is a very pretty colonial town  and has a great choice of restaurants.

This was to be our home for Christmas, and we felt like we made a really good choice.