What to expect in Brazil

If you are lucky enough to be taking on our Brazil Jungle trek you also have the chance to explore the beautiful Paraty before and after the challenge. So, we’ve put together a short blog on some of the best things we think participants would love to try.

Paraty is a historic, coastal town as well as being a UNESCO world heritage site. It is known for its beautiful, relaxing atmosphere – which feels like the complete opposite of the bustling city of Rio just a short drive away. When arriving in Paraty, visitors often feel as though they are stepping back in time whilst horses canter along cobbled streets, past white-washed buildings, and through the old town square.

The historic square should be the first port of call on any travelers list, its beautiful streets are lined with stunning churches, museums, and shops selling locally produced art, craft and tasty delicacies too (see below for more details on foods you should try). Bars that line the street also turn to a great nightspot to see local bands performing live – a perfect way to celebrate after finishing the trek.

Not only does Paraty boast stunning streets and architecture, but also some incredible beaches too. There are some great group boat trips departing from the Paraty shores which allow visitors to see several beaches in the area, as well as stopping for plenty of time to swim in the crystal clear waters which surround the beautiful area.

Another tourist favourite is Mamangua. Potentially one of the most gorgeous spots in Rio state, it’s basically a corridor of the sea (or a fjord to use a technical term), it’s home to 33 beaches surrounded by mountains covered in flora, it’s an environmentally protected area so is rich in nature and a must-see. Visitors can enjoy nature trails, kayaking or head there to taste the locally produced, fresh seafood.

There are lots of delicacies to try in Paraty, one of the best things being fresh seafood. Ask any local, and they’ll send you to a cute little beach-front kiosk located in Praia do Pontal which serves all sorts, from fried to stewed fish. If seafood isn’t your thing, and you’d rather make your diet a little more exciting- why not try a hot chili pepper? Brazil is famous for its hot peppers, do you think you’re daring enough to try one? And to wash the seafood, peppers and everything else down, do as the Brazilians would- wash it down with some Cachaca (or sugar cane rum), a local specialty, available in all decent bars along the street – so you can enjoy it in the evening with a live band too!

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