April 9, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.
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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 🙂
I hope you can make it there too, you will LOVE it!!!
You and Lucas are ridiculously photogenic!!!
Awww thank you SO much! I wasn’t even wearing makeup that day, that’s why there is only 1 pic of me haha.
Such a colourful post!! I love all of your shots of Parati… makes me want to wander around beachside Brasilian towns all day 🙂
Thanks a million! It was hard to choose which photos to use, because I loved them all. Oh how I wish I could spend the rest of my life wandering around Brasilian towns.
What a beautiful post! Love, love, love these photos!
Thank you darling! <3
WOW! What a colorful city – love the yellow and blue doors.
It’s sooo colorful right??? Just gorgeous!
What a delightfully charming town! Maybe I should plan a second honeymoon just as an excuse to go here =)
I would support that decision 100%! I just wish we had spent the night there 1 night.
Lovely photos! Reading blog entries about you and your trips with Lucas makes me want to look for my Prince Charming <3
Awww what a sweet thing to say, I promise he’s out there, just keep yourself open to him! 🙂
Great place for a honeymoon, Andi. Did you know that the area around Parati was used as the setting for Edward and Bella’s honeymoon in “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1”?
No I didn’t! I assumed it was near Rio!!!
How can you not help but be inspired by all that glorious color!
It would be nearly impossible!
Such vivid photos…….I love all of the colorful doors.
The doors seem to be everyones favorite! I should have taken more photos of them 🙂
We loved Paraty – it truly is magical!
These photos are all so stunning!
Awww thank you so much dear!
Love the colorful doorways!
Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through your posts!!!
That is wonderful to hear, thank you!
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!
Thanks for the sweet comment!!!
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:-)
Oh! It wasn’t our last day, it was just our last day in Picinguaba! Thank you as always for your kind words. Love you!
Beautiful town! Love the picture w the pink bicycle. Perfect for u!
Ahhhhh I wanted to take it so bad! I had a feeling YOU would say something about it haha. XO
haha i want to buy a beach cruiser and it will probably be pink! the 1st pic makes me think of my mom and her watercolors… i have to tell her about it!! xo
Amazing photos! I love how colorful this place is.
Thanks dear!!! 🙂
If there was ever a post that made me want to hop on a plane to Brazil, this is it! Stunning!
Wow that place really does look like a tropical paradise! All your photos have the most wonderful colours! You’re such a good photographer! 🙂
It’s a total tropical paradise! Thanks so much for your kind words. 🙂
Oh my goodness. Now I need to add this place to my list as well!
Haha yay!!! 🙂
These colors are so vivid!
Thanks a million! XO
This is one awesome blog post!
Soooooooo beautiful Andi!
Wow! Such great pictures!!!
You’re a sweetheart!
Now I can see why it’s the place Cariocas go to get away from it all! I really want to go, those buildings are incredible.
I wish wish wish we had had more than an afternoon there. I would love to spend 3 days just walking around and photographing everything.
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!
Muchisima gracias lindaaaaaaa!!! Eres re dulce! Te mando un besote!
i wish i could write as well as you do in your blog, congratulations. 🙂
Andi you are amazing.
Awwwwww thank you so much!!!
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).
Wasn’t that a gorgeous color sunset??? It took my breath away for sure. I’m certain you’ll find a man in South America!!!!!! 😉
Which beach did you take this photo from? My boyfriend lives in Paraty and I’ll be back to visit him next week. I showed him the photo and he said it’s too dark to tell where the shot was taken from. Praia do sono? That was his best guess. Thanks xx
Which beach photo dear? The last one?
oh goodness im in love with that last photo!!!!!!!!!
Yay!!!!!!!! So happy to hear that!
what a fabulous post!
Why thank you!
love your photos talent
Awww thank you so much!
What a beautiful spot for a honeymoon! We visited Parati during our 2 month beach-hopping trip through Brazil and LOVED it. The Brazilian beaches really are the best in the world! PS- As always, you look fabulous 🙂
Awww thank you so much my darling friend!!! Seriously, the Brasilian beaches are truly the best in the world. I’m SO happy you agree with me on that! XOXO
Thanks for finding me…and for the comment!
You’re welcome and thank you!
Beautiful photos and what a colourful place. Could not imagine a better place to be on a honeymoon.
Agree, but wait until you see the next place we visited! 😉
Absolutely gorgeous!! I love your pictures….so beautiful!! I never even knew this place existed!
Really!?! Now you must go! 😉
The purple of that sunset… unreal.
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.
Hahahaha you’re too cute! But I totally agree. 🙂
Such stunning scenery and great looking towns. This must have been such a great atmosphere for your Honeymoon. Will you be back there anytime?
I wish! But probably not in a while. Brasil yes, however not Parati. 🙁
These photos are gorgeous! So colorful.
Thank you Christy!!!
I love the beautiful colors used on the doors in the village!
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