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 InformationThe 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.
ShoppingAttractive 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.
CuisineBeing 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.
Other SitesThe 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.
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 Concierge@silversea.com for availability and price.