Paraty was a very important port during the slave trade, where most of the gold was exported to Portugal. Because of this, pirates frequently attacked the area. The streets in Paraty were made to hide turns to allow local townspeople to escape the pirates. The cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings date back to the 17th and 18th century and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Paraty is located along the Costa Verde, a lush rainforest region abutting beautiful beaches. During high tide, the streets flood creating a mirror image at every turn.
The Capela de Santa Rita was built in 1722 and looks out over the bay.
Caipirinhas are a famous Brazilian drink made with cachaça and lime. In Paraty, a local cachaça called Gabriela is the drink of choice.