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Buzios, Paraty, Ilhabela, Porto Belo - what to see?

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Buzios, Paraty, Ilhabela, Porto Belo - what to see?

We are going on a cruize that stops for one day in each of these four towns. Looking for advice from anyone who's been there, as we try to decide what shore excursions to take, if any, or do we explore on our own? Aside from beaches and/or boat rides, are the towns themselves worth exploring, any particular sights we should not miss?

In Porto Belo, an option is a trip to Florianopolis, which would take the whole day - better than staying in Porto Belo?

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Buzios, Paraty, Ilhabela, Porto Belo - what to see?

Just wondering which boat does this itinerary. Sounds like fun.

In Paraty, best option for a day trip is a bay cruise. You could either book with Andre from Latitude Charters for bay tour and maybe lunch on Catimbau Island or go to the main dock and find a local fisherman and let him show you around. These guys aren't going to speak much English but it would be an authentic experience.

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2. Re: Buzios, Paraty, Ilhabela, Porto Belo - what to see?

The historic center of Paraty is worth exploring on foot or bike, either with a guided tour or independently. The town has charming cobblestone streets and old colonial buildings - a guide will be able to share some interesting stories about Paraty's colorful past, which includes pirates! An additional option in Paraty is a schooner tour which will take you to Ilha Comprida, a natural aquarium where you can observe tons of marine life.

In Buzios, if you want to go inland a bit to the waterfalls at Sana and do some river rafting. In town, there's also a short trolley tour you can hop on that will take you along Buzios' peninsula coast.

Happy travels!

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3. Re: Buzios, Paraty, Ilhabela, Porto Belo - what to see?

boudecca - it's an Azamara cruise. It continues on to Uruguay and Buenos Aires. We generally don't do cruises, but it seemed like a good intro to S. America.

Thanks for the replies!

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4. Re: Buzios, Paraty, Ilhabela, Porto Belo - what to see?

In Porto Belo, go to Bombinhas (taxi is the best option)

In Ilha Bela take a regular city bus to the south of the island or a taxi to Curral Beach.

In Buzios go to Geribá or Ferradura Beach

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