Word of Mouth: Paraty

Cachaça, fresh food and local art provide the rustic setting for this historic Brazilian town

by Abby Morgan and Blake Whitman Walking around the maze of streets paved with irregular stones, visitors can feel the Portuguese presence that first landed in Paraty 500 years ago. Situated in a sheltered bay at the edge of the wild Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest), the charming seaside town is a relic of Brazil’s colonial past. When the coffee and sugarcane trade dissipated, the old …