What to do and see in Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ): The Best Tours

May 22, 2022 Tambra Mccollister

Named for a local swamp fish, Paraty sits on Brazil's southeastern coast, 125 miles south of Rio, with the Bocaino Mountains at its back. The small colonial town's center is a national historic monument with well-preserved buildings on its pedestrian-only streets. Take a boat trip out into the bay to the flotillas of islands and coves nearby. Explore sugarcane plantations and hike or take a train through Atlantica Forest. Keep an eye out for the monkeys that roam the cobblestone streets.
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1. White Water Rafting - Mambucaba River

Casa da Aventura - Paraty
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Practiced on Rio Mambucaba, crossing the Serra da Bocaina National Park is a special attraction for adventurers who want to explore the region of the Green Coastline. Near the coast, the river has good rapids class II and III, ideal for beginners, with crystal clear waters, lush pristine forest, surrounded by historic ruins, beautiful peaks, rock walls and waterfalls.

Inclusions: private transport, guide, gear, snack, GoPro photos on line, insurance., Snacks

Exclusions: Souvenirs

Reviewed By AdventureTimeYa

Filipe took my friend and I on a 5 hour kayaking adventure to several of the islands and through the mangroves. We had an amazing time and Filipe was a wonderful tour guide. Highlights included snorkelling off the beautiful beaches, seeing seas turtles and kayaking through the mangroves. I highly recommend this tour

2. Canyoning at Usina River

Casa da Aventura - Paraty
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What is Canyoning? It is to explore rivers and waterfalls using vertical and swimming tecniques for progression. The Usina River is a special place for Canyoning, it is a clear water river sourounded by the Brazillian Atlantic Rain Forest.  Hike up on the valley to the start point is a warm up and a piece of advice of what is gonna come next.  River walk, abseiling, rockslide, downclimb, swim and jump to explore this unique canyon. There are 3 options for this River - Mini Canyon - 2 hours for begginers - Lower Usina - 4 hours with caving - Upper Usina - 4 hours - for experienced

Inclusions: Private Transport, Experienced tour guides, All gear, Lunch, GoPro photos on line, Insurance

Exclusions: Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Reviewed By Joamiche

We had a good 2 day activity with Felipe: Kayaking for nearly 5 hours was superb, with a cloudy weather & calm sea; the next day was very hot, and perfect for white water Rafting. We enjoyed Felipe’s experience, as well as the nice snacks at the rafting camp ! Go for it, it’s a must in Paraty !

3. Forest Forager - Wild Food Walk

Paraty Explorer
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The best (and tastiest!) way to explore the Rainforest near Paraty is with foraging expert, Jorge, who has unrivalled knowledge of the edible local fruits, flowers and plants. This is a fascinating and fun day out for anyone interested in wild food or just curious about the Rainforest!

Inclusions: This Rainforest to Table tour finishes at a local restaurant for lunch (not included in price). The salad made from plants collected in the forest is included in price.

Exclusions: To reduce single-use plastics we do not provide bottled water. Please bring your own, ideally in refillable bottles, We stop at a local restaurant for lunch, not included in price

Reviewed By Aidan T

We had two amazing days with Michael. We did the kayaking on the Friday and hiking on the Saturday. Both were fantastic experiences. Michael was a superb guide and a really nice guy who my partner and I enjoyed spending time with. I would highly recommend. Michael knew a lot about the history of Paraty, the geography and the people. This made our holiday what it was.

4. Diving in Paraty - Baptism

Paraty Tours, Av. Roberto Silveira, 479 - Centro, Paraty - RJ, 23970-000, Brazil Paraty Tours
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Discover the wonders of the sea floor of Paraty Bay, rich in marine life! Discover the underwater world safely accompanied by instructors AINTD / PDIC / PADI. Paraty is within the bay of Ilha Grande, so it has calm waters year-round. There are several dive sites, wrecks and lots of marine life. The baptism is ideal for the first diving experience, for people who have not yet taken a course and want to experience this new universe. The dive is performed in a single exit where the theory is passed on the boat during navigation and the dive is accompanied by an instructor. You will know everything you need about equipment, communication and breathing. It will be a dive between 4 to 8 meters deep in 40 minutes underwater.

Inclusions: Transport Agency / Marina / Agency, Padi / Pdic accredited specialist instructor follow-up,  5mm Neoprene Clothing, Complete equipment and one cylinder

Exclusions: Underwater photography service (can be hired)

Reviewed By mariya_stag

I have done 4 excursions with Paraty Tours now, and have gotten to know the company and I wound 10/10 recommend. Professional, helpful, guides who really care about the local nature (some who speak English), gorgeous and amazing. With nice transfer vans that are very clean with AC. I’ve seen the most incredible places and it’s all because of Paraty Tours! Thanks friends!

5. Tour Manguezais

Av. Orlando Carpinelli, 6 - Pontal, Paraty - RJ, 23970-000, Brazil Kayak Paraty - Water sports
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No one imagines that so close from the city center there are so many beauties. Mangroves, islands, solitary beaches, wildlife , and more.... everything at only 30 minutes paddling from Pontal beach. Starting at 10:00 am . We'll begin with a short briefing and paddling instruction for afterwards getting the kayaks and heading towards the mangroves. we'll pass by two solitary islands with lots of wild life, birds, seagulls, some turtle maybe? who knows... our first stop will be at strait beach an isolated beach with spectacular views and then... the mangroves, crossing them through a natural tunnel that gives us a filing of tunnel time crossing, finishing into corumbê bay another solitary & spectacular place.

Inclusions: Nautical equipment, english speaking local guide, sos kit

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Reviewed By LCatherine

AMAZING activity! Absolutely beautiful, water is calm so it’s easy even for beginners, and the owner is very sweet. It was a very rainy day, so the place was closed when we got there - which was not surprising at all, given the foul weather. We really wanted to go kayaking so we tried our luck and asked on WhatsApp. We got a reply within 15 minutes, and 5 minutes later, the owner opened the place just for us! He gave us a very clear itinerary suggestion, which made us go around a beautiful island and through the lush mangroves. We went kayaking (in a double kayak) and had a blast! Gorgeous itinerary, perfect for the time we had. We got too curious and explored islands outside of our itinerary, miscalculated the time and ended up very late back to the beach (100% our own mistake). The owner was very understanding, very kind and adjusted the price to reflect our longer stay on the water without ever looking impatient even though we were his only customers and made him wait. Credit cards are accepted, which was great. They have some waterproof bags that work a charm, the kayak was sturdy and comfortable. Owner speaks English very well, which helped communication as our Portuguese is very mediocre.

6. Bike Tour in Paraty

Paraty Tours, Av. Roberto Silveira, 479 - Centro, Paraty - RJ, 23970-000, Brazil Paraty Tours
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Explore the main attractions of Paraty by pedaling, make your script! A very pleasant tour, where you can visit several places of the city with the rental of our Mountain Bikes and enjoy the great moments of your trip. Venture out, choose your itinerary, stroll through the magic of the historic city center, the beaches and waterfalls. BIKE TOUR is an excellent activity for individual practice, as a couple and also great to do in a group with your friends and family!

Inclusions: Bike rental for 3h + map + helmet + padlock

Exclusions: Guided tour on the promenade

Reviewed By mariya_stag

I have done 4 excursions with Paraty Tours now, and have gotten to know the company and I wound 10/10 recommend. Professional, helpful, guides who really care about the local nature (some who speak English), gorgeous and amazing. With nice transfer vans that are very clean with AC. I’ve seen the most incredible places and it’s all because of Paraty Tours! Thanks friends!

7. Paraty Art Experience - 3 Hours of Painting Class

Av. Roberto Silveira, 479 - Mangueira, Paraty - RJ, 23970-000, Brazil Paraty Tours
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Experience has been carried out by artist Maria Cruz Urquijo, with more than 25 years of experience in painting and sculpture. Based in Paraty, she runs her atelier in the Historic Centre, showing her story through her artistic path. The Art- Painting class is divided into 4 steps: 1 - Brief introduction to the art with sketching exercises, using the fingers or the pencils. Along with a pleasant discussion of the creative process. 2 - Choose format and material to start painting and get to work on your creation. 3 - Coffee break and discuss about production 4 - Finish details of the paiting If you love art and come to Paraty, you can't lose this opportunity!

Inclusions: All Fees and Taxes, Coffee break , Brushes, cloth and inks color

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Reviewed By mariya_stag

I have done 4 excursions with Paraty Tours now, and have gotten to know the company and I wound 10/10 recommend. Professional, helpful, guides who really care about the local nature (some who speak English), gorgeous and amazing. With nice transfer vans that are very clean with AC. I’ve seen the most incredible places and it’s all because of Paraty Tours! Thanks friends!

8. Creative and Natural Trip from São Paulo to Paraty

Lanchonete Vila Madalena, R. Marinho Falcão, 17 - Sumarezinho, São Paulo - SP, 05440-050, Brazil Italiano em São Paulo
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This is a Unique experience for the people who need or want to go to Paraty but ddon´t want to take a simple tranfer.. If you want to enjoy what it is in beetween São Paulo and Paraty , you will do it a lot with me.. You can chose the route and itineraty that best suits to you (we can eexplore the mountain side ... (close to Cunha) or the Beach side (close to Ubatuba) and when we will arrive to Paraty I won´t simply drop you off.. I will make you feel at home understanding fully the place where you are in order to enjoy it much more! In case you want to extend this one day trip to in 2 , 3 , 4 .. it will be possible with extra charge. In case you want just a simple transfer to Paraty please contact me , I can do it but adding something special that will not make you waste to much time ! Enjoy Brasil!

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Bottled water, Fruits and juices

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Reviewed By A331KSkatieg

Brilliant guide, Rocco really knew his stuff and I had a wonderful time in Sao Paolo - thoroughly recommend if you want the best guide in the city! I featured him in my article in Virgin Atlantic's in-flight magazine as one of the top tour guides.

9. Mangrove, Beaches and Islands by Kayak tour

Paraty Explorer, Av. Jabaquara, 777b - Jabaquara, Paraty - RJ, 23970-000, Brazil Paraty Explorer
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Kayak through the mangrove full of wildlife, which is not accessible by boat Visit tropical islands and deserted sandy beaches and avoid the crowds on boat tours. This is an active, fun tour for people who want to explore the bay of Paraty. No previous experience required, we provide safety and paddling instruction for sea kayaks.

Inclusions: Professional guide, All paddling equipment: lifejackets, paddles, sea kayaks, dry bags for cameras and phones etc

Exclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Due to Covid-19 protocols we no longer supply water and snacks on the tour. There is a store near the meeting point if people need to buy

Reviewed By Ruth329

This was unique and super fun and educational. You will love it. Jorge is amazing: we felt so lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from him!

10. Small-Group Horseback Riding from Paraty

Raul Sampaio Horses4u
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Limited number of people in each tour, and you are able to visit another part of Brazil on a horseback ride, with special scenery and belvederes. This small-group tour includes transportation, use of a helmet, pic-nic with fruits and biscuits, hotel pickup and drop-off.

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off (City Center only), 45min drive, Local guide, Picnic (fruits and biscuits), Driver, Bottled water, Use of helmet

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Lunch

Reviewed By HayleyM25

I can not recommend this tour highly enough. My husband and I have been horse riding several times before but never have I felt so comfortable and happy enough on a horse to gallop. Raul is a lovely guy and an amazing instructor that thanks to him we were able to gallop at ease. The views are amazing I would love to come back and spend more time in the area. Please go!

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