Planning a Trip
The official Paraty Tourist Information, Av. Roberto Silveira 1 on the corner of Rua Domingos Gonçalves de Abreu (tel. 024/3371-1222; www.paraty.com.br), is open daily 9am to 9pm. Paraty Tours operates an information kiosk downtown, just a block down from the historic center at Av. Roberto da Silveira 11 (tel. 024/3371-1222; www.paratytours.com.br). They provide general tourist information as well as suggestions on hotels, tours, and excursions.
By Bus -- Paraty is easily accessible by bus. From Rio de Janeiro, there are two bus companies with daily departures: Costa Verde (tel. 024/3371-1177) or Normandy (tel. 024/3371-1277); both depart from the main bus station in Rio (Novo Rio). The trip takes approximately 4 hours and costs R$36 (US$19/£10). From São Paulo five buses depart daily from Tietê station with Reunidas (tel. 024/3371-1196). The trip takes about 6 hours and costs R$28 (US$14/£7.50).
By Private Transfer -- Paraty Tours (tel. 024/3371-1222; www.paratytours.com.br) offers private transfers with set times for a minimum of two people at 8:30am, 12:30pm, and 5pm. Airport pickups anytime between 8:30am and 5pm. Rates per person R$125 (US$63/£34). For three people or more you can set your own pickup time.
On Foot -- The historic center of Paraty is perfect for exploring on foot. The city center is closed to cars (parking is on the outskirts), making walking a traffic-free dream. Wear comfortable shoes as the big cobblestones make for a bumpy stroll.
By Taxi -- Taxis in Paraty can be hailed outside of the car-free historic city center, or call tel. 024/9999-9075.
By Rental Car -- To explore the surrounding area on your own, you can rent a car from Atrium, Rua do Comércio 26 (tel. 024/3371-1295).
Banking -- Banco do Brasil, Av. Roberto Silveira s/n (tel. 024/3371-1379), is open Monday through Friday 10am to 3pm. ATMs are open 24 hours.
Internet Access -- Paraty Web Internet Access is located inside the Quero Mais Restaurant, Rua Marechal Deodoro 243 (tel. 024/3371-7375). Connection cost is R$4 (US$2/£1.35) per hour.