Paraty is a colonial town located on the Costa Verde of Brazil, not far (relatively speaking) from Rio de Janeiro. It was founded in 1667 by the Portuguese, but grew as a town as a result of the gold rush at the end of the century, as it was a major export port for the gold found nearby.
Paraty has recently become more of a tourist destination, partly for the boat trips that set off from its jetty, and partly for its colonial ambience. Motorised vehicles aren’t allowed in the historical centre, which means that it has retained its old-style feeling.
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