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Now we know what everyone is raving about when they talk about Brazilian beaches (and not to mention the horrendous prices here)!
We arrived in Paraty from Sao Paulo (the most dirty and disgusting looking city we have seen this far) at about 10pm. We wandered around for over an hour looking for somewhere to stay and thought we would be sleeping on the streets and no where had room, although it did help us to condition to the fact we would be paying about $120R ($70NZD) for a room! We went back to the bus station and a local lady tried helping us, and because we have little communication skills here (why dont they speak Spanish instead!!???) another tourist helped us translate. In the end, she called a friend who had a hostel and we had a very nice room for $100R. Not too bad really.
It is so hot here in Paraty and it is buzzing with tourists, Brazilians mostly. The town itself is gorgeous, it is very colonial with gorgeous golden sand beaches and palm trees. We didnt do a lot here, sit on the beach and tried to get a tan (which somehow failed, believe it or not!) and read. Very nice.