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silversea south america cruises paraty brazilThe Costa Verde's main attraction, the coastal village of Parati, is about 180 miles south of Rio de Janeiro. Inhabited since 1660, this small town has remained fundamentally unaltered since its heyday. It was a staging post for 18th-century trade in Brazilian gold from Minas Gerais to Portugal. Raids and pirate attacks necessitated the establishment of a new route linking Minas Gerais directly with Rio de Janeiro. A decline in Parati’s fortunes resulted; being off the beaten track, it remained quietly hidden away.
Today, the entire town has been declared a national historic monument by UNESCO as one of the most important examples of colonial architecture. With its newly acclaimed status, Parati has become a popular destination. Its beautifully restored colonial buildings line narrow, cobbled streets which are closed to vehicular traffic.
Parati's population of some 15,000 people depends on fishing, farming and tourism for its livelihood. Local artists display their attractive crafts in galleries and souvenir shops. The town, reached via a long pier from the tender landing, must be explored on foot. Among Parati’s attractions is the 1722 Church of Santa Rita de Cassia, a classic example of Brazilian baroque architecture. The surrounding area boasts a scenic backdrop with green-clad mountains and numerous islands are scattered across the bay.

Pier Information

The ship is scheduled to anchor in the bay. Guests will be taken ashore via the ship’s tenders. Town is reached via a long, wooden pier. A limited number of taxis may be available. Few drivers speak English.


Attractive art galleries and souvenir shops line the cobblestone streets, offering a nice selection of local art and handicrafts; don’t expect bargain prices. Some shops and the tourist office may have maps of Parati, pointing out sights and places of historical interests. The local currency is the real.


Being a popular holiday and weekend destination for Rio residents, Parati offers many good restaurants and bars. Fresh seafood accompanied by locally grown vegetables and delicious fruit for dessert is featured on many menus. A cold beer is a good thirst-quencher.

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The main attraction includes the historic center of Parati, all of which has to be explored on foot. Narrow, cobbled streets prohibit vehicular traffic. Outside of Parati, trips into the countryside and to the beaches are popular pastimes. If hiring a taxi, check its condition carefully. Be aware that roads inland are often washed out due to heavy rains.

Private Arrangements
Silver Shore Privato is unavailable in Parati, due to the very limited number of qualified guides and suitable vehicles. Guests wishing to consider any private arrangements should enquire at for availability and price.