Paraty and Búzios - two lovely cobblestoned towns with fun in the sun

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Brazil continues to enchant us with it’s natural beauty, rhythm and culture. After we left Ilha Grande, we made our way south to yet another beach town called Paraty.  It’s an amazingly well-preserved colonial city with cobblestone streets and plenty of charm.  Among other activities, we took a sun-drenched schooner tour of the islands & the more secluded beaches in the area.  Day two took us to the small village of Trindade to the south where we hiked to a natural swimming hole and picnicked….and slept.
Then on to Búzios…
Our first full day in Búzios, we rented a small, 100 cc Honda motorcycle from a rental place just a few doors down from our hostel in the center of town on Rua das Pedras.  We were delighted to find the price as low as it was (equal to renting two bicycles for the day, it turns out) and the process as easy as it was. They took down Bodhi’s info and money (about $27US), and handed us the key and helmets.  We wanted the motorcycle because the Búzios peninsula area has something like 12 beaches and several little town centers, far too much to see on foot.   Other than nightlife and shopping, the beaches are essentially all there is to see in Búzios.  And it’s just so darn cute with all the cobblestones and little buildings and hardly any traffic!   So it makes a perfect motorcycle setting.
We absolutely loved the warm air blowing over us as we cruised around town and the beaches and trusty Maria (the motorcycle) worked her hardest to lug us up some of the steep hills.  It was so freeing to be able to hop off the bike, walk out on the beach a little and take it in, then hop back on again and keep cruising.  No wonder people like motorcycles!  There is no other way we could have appreciated this much of the area this easily and quickly.  We were inspired to try to rent a motorcycle again if we are in another town that’s well-suited to it.  Maaaaybe I will try driving it ;)

Best seat on the boat

Best seat on the boat

Our schooner...notice the pirate flag...arrgh.

Our schooner...notice the pirate flag...arrgh.

Our lunch - cheese, bread, fruits, and these strange little eggs.

Our lunch - cheese, bread, fruits, and these strange little eggs.

A walk along the cobblestone streets

A walk along the cobblestone streets

Natural swimming hole

Natural swimming hole

Making nutella and banana sandwiches!

Making nutella and banana sandwiches!

Pics from Buzios

Bodhi and the test drive. We called her "Maria".

Bodhi at the start of the test drive. We called her "Maria".

In route to 1 of the 11 beaches in Buzious Brazil

In route to 1 of the 9 beaches in Búzios, Brazil

The turtle beach....one of many on the day.

The turtle beach (Praia da Tartaruga)....one of many on the day.

The beaches keep getting better and better....how is that possible?

The beaches keep getting better and better....how is that possible?

A view from the top

A view from the top toward Praia Brava

"Next Beach"

"Next Beach" (what we kept saying to each other when it was time to move on to another)

Where does they sea end and the sky begin?

Where does the sea end and the sky begin?

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It was Bodhi's mom's birthday this day, so he sent her a personalized "card" from Praia Ferradura

with Maria (the 100 cc Honda) and Praia Brava in the background

with Maria (the 100 cc Honda) and Praia Brava in the background

The pier at Praia Manguinhas offered some beautiful sky and bay views

The pier at Praia Manguinhas offered some beautiful sky and bay views

Maria with a cousin of her's

Maria with a cousin of her's

the statue of Os Pescadores at Praia Ossos

the statue of Os Pescadores at Praia Ossos

From the Mirante (lookout) on top of the hill on the northern part of the Búzios peninsula

From the Mirante (lookout) on top of the hill on the northern part of the Búzios peninsula


2 Responses to “Paraty and Búzios - two lovely cobblestoned towns with fun in the sun”

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  • Bodhi Says:

    Hey Hostelio!
    Go ahead and reference the post. Our trip is over, so we’re not posting anymore to this blog in this form, but this should stay here for a few months anyway. cheers!

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