Pousada do Sandi

A 300-year old colonial mansion, sitting at the heart of Paraty, Pousada do Sandi has been the town’s most famous small hotel for more than 30 years. Extensively renovated in 2020, historic charm pairs beautifully with modern comforts. 27 stunning, colourful, characterful rooms, suites and apartments offer complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and minibars.

 

Once a vital thriving port for gold and coffee, the development of a direct route from Minas Gerais to Rio allowed Paraty to slip into obscurity from the late 18th century, its buildings preserved, stranded in time. Only in the 1970s, with the construction of the Rio-Santos highway, did the town begin to return.

 

Paraty is a 5 hour drive from Sao Paulo, 4 hours from Rio, or a short private flight. The historic centre of the city, as well as four areas of the Atlantic Forest, joined the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019 under the title "Paraty and Ilha Grande".

 

 

 

Senderos Soul

 

After years of travelling in the continent I ‘discovered’ Brazil’s Costa Verde and it astounded me, there is nowhere quite like it. Close to two of South America’s great metropolises yet still pristine and feeling wild – mountains and tropical forest dropping down to secret beaches, hidden coves and warm, protected azure seas.

Paraty seems to shimmer, a whitewashed church-dotted gem of preserved colonial architecture sitting just below sea level, at the base of the heavily forested mountains of the Serra da Bocaina, which provides the perfect, picture postcard backdrop. 

Wandering the streets especially at dusk Paraty takes on a magical hue, it bewitches.

Simon, Senderos

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