Parati, also spelled Paraty, which is a Tupi Indian word for “White Fish,” is named after a white fish that lives in swampy areas nearby. The town, however, is a quaint, ideally preserved colonial hamlet, 125 miles from Rio de Janeiro on Ilha Grande Bay, Brazil's southeastern coast. It lies on the border between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states. Protected by Unesco, the town core is filled with gas lights, blossoming gardens, and winding streets. The town has historic romanticism, as it first burgeoned due to the gold mining on Minas Gerais, nearby Parati. In fact, one can still walk parts of the “Gold Trail” and immerse themselves in Brazil’s Colonial history.   The route, which was originally a Goiana Indian trail, once gold was discovered in the interior of Brazil, the trail became the official road for transporting gold to the Parati Harbor to be shipped to Portugal. Now, the town still has the remanants of this illustrious history, but has a small-town feel, one devoid of most typical tourist traps. There are no luxury hotels. There are small cafes, charming boutiques that sell Indian masks and native musical instruments. The town itself is not on a beach, but close by, along the coast, there are 44 immaculate, secluded beaches, with pristine clear blue water and white sand. This makes Parati a hidden treasure pirates never were able to steal.