On our first night in Paraty we found a small french bistro and enjoyed a crepe dinner which was a welcome change from the deep fried meats and cheeses that usually characterize a traditional brazilian meal.
On our first full day in Paratay, we decided to rent bicycles and try to visit some of the waterfalls (cachoeira) that were shown on a map of the area. The paved road eventally made way to a dirt road and then a path. The views along the road were of small mountains, some of which were cleared for pasture. At one point, we stopped and watched a cowboy herd some cattle up the side of a hill, yelling eih eih eih at them! After making our way up the side of a mountain along a series of switchbacks, we understood why we had only seen one other person on a bicycle; everyone else was being escorted around in 4x4 tour jeeps. It was raining and we were covered in mud-hilarious!
On our last night in Paratay we headed into the downtown and were surprised to discover that a a music festival (jazz, soul, r&b, etc.) was just getting underway.
Enjoyed some cervejas and caprihanas(brazils unofficial drink - crushed fresh lime, ice, sugar and cachaça- liquor from sugar cane) before retiring to our humble pousada.