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The Colors of Paraty, Brazil
Probably the prettiest port of call on our 10-day cruise from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro on Oceania Cruises' Insignia back in 2012 was Paraty, Brazil. This gem of a colonial town witnessed a Gold Rush, a Coffee Boom and was once a stronghold of pirates. Founded in 1597, the town is located at the Bay of Ilha Grande against a beautiful backdrop of mountains and tropical forests.

Your visit to Paraty starts with a tender ride that will take a good 20-25 minutes. Once arrived on the pier, the "centro historico" of Paraty is just a few steps away. It feels like you step back in time a good 250 years or so. Wander through the maze of cobblestone streets. Cars are not allowed here but be careful not to get run over by a runaway horse and carriage. Paraty is a popular tourist stop and sure, it feels a bit touristy but it's the real thing and it is unbelievably pretty. Be sure to check out the many local shops and art galleries and stop for a cup of excellent Brazilian coffee on one of the outdoor terraces. 
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