Whilst staying in Paraty, we booked in a charming little hostel near the river called Casa do Rio (house on the river). It had an arts and crafts feel to it (in the artisan sense of the word, not the architectural style).

The only thing I could fault was the fact that the room was a little small and when it is 39.5 degrees in the day time, you HAVE to have air con in your room, we didn’t and you would need a nuclear-powered ceiling fan set to turbo to even come close to reducing the evening heat by a few degrees.

Sticky, sleepless nights aside, our stay was pleasant, and probably the first time on our stay outside of the city of Sao Paulo that we bumped into English speaking tourists, in Caragua and especially Massaguacu it is mostly locals who don’t speak (or let you know they speak) English.





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