When we think of Paraty, in addition to the Colonial houses, we think about the natural beauty that the city has to offer: beaches, waterfalls and treks! Of course that those attractions are on the top of the list of anyone who visits the city. But if it rains? Are there things to do in Paraty on a rainy day? It actually rains a lot here, specially between November and March. So better to have an option of what to do, just in case. The good news? There are a few options of entertainment on the city for those days. Moreover, the historical center becomes more charming!
Things To Do in Paraty on a Rainy Day: Free Walking Tour Paraty
Paraty has a huge historical importance to the history of Brazil. In my opinion the basic requirement to enjoy the most that the city has to offer is to learn about it’s reach history and, by the same time, get the best tips of the city on our Free Walking Tour Paraty! After the tour your vision of the city will have a totally different meaning!
Our Free Walking Tour Paraty is always on, regardless the weather! Even if it is pouring we will be happy to tell you the charms, curiosities and history of the city. So if it is rainy don’t think twice before walking to Matriz Square and meet us in red t-shirts at 5PM* to the English tour!
* Tour happens every day, except on Wednesdays.
Things To Do in Paraty On a Rainy Day: visit an alambique
For the ones who don’t know, cachaça is the typical Brazilian liquor. Alambique is where we produce it. This is a genuine Bazilian product and it started when Sugar Cane was cultivated in Brazil. It was common to boil the liquor from the sugar cane to make sugar and sweeten the drinks. But a few times this liquor fermented becoming a liquid called CAGAÇA . To work more enthusiasm and with more energy, a lot of slaves would drink it.
Paraty had a huge Sugar Cane production and a commerce of slaves, cachaça had huge representativeness to its economy. It’s importance was so big, that during a period of time Paraty was synonym of cachaça. Some sources believe that there were more than 200 cachaça alambiques in the city during the peak of the cycle.
There are six main alambiques in Paraty. In all of them it is possible to see the production and latter try the cachaças. The most awarded alambique of the city is Maria Izabel (booking is mandatory before visiting). Paratiana is the most famous and it has the best Gabriela (cachaça of Paraty, made of cinnamon and clove) while the oldest and most traditional is Coqueiro, that has been through 5 different generations. Engenho d’Ouro is part of a complex with a restaurant and a house of flour. Do you like strong drinks? Corisco is known by its high alcohol rate in the cachaças. Lastly, if we consider the organization of the alambiques, Pedra Branca is incomparable.
Things To Do in Paraty on a Rainy Day: House Of Culture
Located in one of the most important houses of the Historical Center, the House of Culture is managed by the community of Paraty, with the goal to promote the conservation of the history and culture of the city. The place hosts important events for the tourism and cultural life of the city, as Flip (literary festival of the city). Besides the cultural exhibits, the Cultural Center has important actions to the local community (as English classes and music classes to the children for free)
The entrance is free. The House of Culture is oppened every day from 10AM to 10PM, exept on Mondays.
Things To Do in Paraty on a Rainy Day: Sacred Art Museum
If you go to a museum, you will probably see objects that aren’t used anymore. The Museum of Sacred Art in Paraty is different, as part of its collection is used until today to the religious parties of the city. It is located inside the postcard of the city: Santa Rita Church. The inside is well preserved, as the besides the museum, the temple also keeps its religious function.
The collection has important historical-religious relics, found and taken from many other cities of the city. Between them, objects and utilities of silver and gold, saints, old furniture, vintage pieces and many sacred artifacts.
Opened every day, except on Mondays. 9h to 12h and from 14h to 18h
Things To Do in Paraty on a Rainy Day: Eat In One Of The Restaurants Of The Historical Center
The Historical Center has a lot of charming restaurants. To resist the temptation of eating in one of the is almost impossible. There are restaurants for all tastes: Italian, French, Thai, Brazilian and of course, a lot of sea food! It doesn’t matter your budget, for sure you will find an option. To decide, nothing better than look at the option on the menu (that are usually are on the door).
And here it goes the tips of the places that I most like. If you want a typical food from Paraty, Galeria do Engenho (located on Lapa street) offers food from Paraty and the most typical dish of the area: banana with fish. If you want something more sophisticated Banana da Terra is one of the most famous of the city. But if you want a different cosine in Brazil Thai Brasil keeps the recipes 100% as the original from Thailand.
Things To Do in Paraty on a Rainy Day: Watch the Puppet Theater
Liked by many people, the story tellers group, known as the puppet show can be a great option for who would like to see something different from the traditional. Even without a word, the theater has huge expressivity. The richness of details gives the impression that the puppets are alive and act on their own. The presentation happen only on Wednesdays and Saturdays and we recommend you to book before.