My Wedding & Honeymoon: Day 20

On our last day at Pousada Picinguaba, we decided to venture into Parati, which was about a 30 minute taxi drive away.  I had heard rumors that this city was a “hidden gem,” but it was not until we were wandering throughout its plethora of colonial cobblestone streets did I know for certain it truly was.

Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil

This quiet coastal city is saturated with colorful 18th Century Portuguese architecture, however it still retains a strong Brasilian vibe creating a visual feast for the eyes.  My husband and I decided to bypass any tours and simply got lost inside the village.  We knew if we felt too turned around all we had to do was to look up for the spire of the local cathedral, as no building was permitted to be taller than it and it was located in the center of the city.

Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil

I treasured the fact that automobile traffic is forbidden within the city in order to preserve its peaceful ambience.  Despite having a population of 36,000, there was hardly any foot traffic either.  It seemed that no matter where we were in Brasil, we had the entire country to ourselves. . .maybe as a wedding present?  After an entire day of exploration, our bodies needed refueling, and when we heard there was a nearby restaurant that could only be accessed by boat, we knew immediately where we would be dining for the evening.

Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil

Kontiki Restaurante is not to be missed if you should find yourself hungry in Parati.  While, it might not be the most memorable meal of your life, the view and sangria make it an unforgettable experience.  Plus, the meaning behind its name is priceless.  Kontiki was the Sun King of the Incas and set off on a wooden raft sailing the Pacific Ocean 15,000 years ago.  Even though he did not quite believe he would find what he was looking for — another continent — he still crossed the dangerous seas in faith.  Today, Kontiki is the inspiration for those on an any kind of adventure.  Kontiki Restaurante believes why cross the world when you can cross a little of the Atlantic near Parati for a culinary adventure surrounded by a gorgeous landscape, as well as the watchful eyes of the enchanting Sun King.

Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil 
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil

As the sun began to set, we took it as nature’s cue that we should begin the long journey back to our pousada.

Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil
Parati, Brasil

Parati has been described as a “virtual museum within a tropical paradise,” and after my brief visit there I could not agree more with that assessment.  This tranquil part of the world should definitely be considered a dream destination on everyone’s list.

 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

A Chinese Medicine Doctor/Travel Writer and Photographer who is exploring life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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My Wedding & Honeymoon: Day 20 — 94 Comments

  1. Gorgeous photos, Andi! Paraty is one of the places on our list for our South America trip – I hope we’ll get to visit this cute little town next year :)

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  3. I love watching your shots and reading your posts about your honeymoon! It seems to be with you and sightseeing the same places you’re visiting! Thanks!

  4. What a perfect last day of your honeymoon! I love the idea of exploring on your own, instead of doing tourist things:-) Really beautiful photos!! Sending love and hugs:-)

  5. Ah! Para Ti, you are a very lucky girl!, The pictures are amazing, the location, stunning, and you and Lukas are gorgeous!
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Andi!

    Big hugs!
    Inés

    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

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  7. That last picture is UNREAL. Wow, what a gorgeous sunset! All of the photos are very colourful but that’s my favourite. I can see why you went honeymooning there. Now I want to go (help me find a husband! LOL).

  8. The view from that restaurant is INCREDIBLE. I think they could serve me stale crackers and tap water, and I’d still think it was the best thing ever. Great find.

  9. Such stunning scenery and great looking towns. This must have been such a great atmosphere for your Honeymoon. Will you be back there anytime?

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