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Hidden waterfalls and rustic pubs: the secret corners of Paraty in Rio de Janeiro

By Gustavo Frank*

Paraty is known for its colorful doors and windows. The protagonists of the local postcards are immersed in a colonial architecture, present in the houses divided by a pavement formed by irregular stones — also known as “pé-de-moleque.”

It is in the Historic Center where the great magic of Paraty happens, in its classic minutiae: the warm lighting of the streetlights, the glass carts displaying sweets at every corner and the (almost always) crowded restaurants, which take over the sidewalks with their chairs and tables — preferably with a glass of caipirinha along with a portion of . . .

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