Certain magic involves the city of Paraty, its beautiful and old houses, its stone streets, the dark green of the mountains and a bay of blue-green water full of islands and beaches. It is one of the most charming cities in Brazil.
Paraty emerged in 1500. The settlement began at “Forte Hill” (called Morro do Forte). By 1640 the town that was in increasing development, was transferred to the current location where it was built the first church “Our Lady of Remedies” (Nossa Senhora dos Remédios), and other churches that were raised as the Church of Sorrows (Igreja das Dores – 1800), Church of the Rosary (Igreja do Rosário – 1725) and the Santa Rita Church (1722).
Its largest urban development occurred in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as a result of the “Golden Path”, which connected the city Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, the so-called Gold cycle where the port of Paraty became, at the time, the second most important Port in Brazil, because it was responsible for the transportation of gold, coffee and spices.