Paraty is an old colonial city on Brazil's southeastern coast, half way between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (186 miles/300 Kms from Rio). Paraty is a beach destination.
Petropolis, two-hour car drive away from Rio, is the ancient summer residence of the Brazilian royal family.
Petropolis is locally known by its much cooler climate, provided by its high altitude and mountain atlantic flora.
Best time to go to Paraty and to Petropolis
To avoid crowds in Petropolis, do not go during the weekends and the Brazilian holidays.
Petropolis has several annual events that you may want to attend: the anniversary of the city (March), the Winter Festival (July), the Cuisine Event (November).
Though average air temperatures in Petropolis are lower than those of Rio, the geographical proximity to Rio makes its climate and weather patterns rather similar. So, for weather clues, see: Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro.
And the same is true for Paraty, in what concerns the best time to go. The weather patterns or the events behind the best time to travel to Paraty are similar to Rio's. See: Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro.
Paraty and Petropolis & Google Maps
Travel attractions type
Colonial and royal cities.
Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
Accommodation in Paraty and Petropolis is scarce.
For a wider choice, consider accommodation in Angra dos Reis, a wider resort close to Paraty.
Rio de Janeiro: Galeao Intl airport (GIG), located 11 miles/18 km away from the city centre.
Dumont airport (SDU) located on an island close to downtown; it is short walk distance of the city centre. This airport is used for some internal flights (Sao Paulo, Brazilia, Belo Horizonte, Porto Seguro...).
Airport buses have "Aeroporto Internacional" written on the front and can be called at some major hotels.
The airport buses stop anywhere on the route Rio de Janeiro-Santos.
Besides the airports of Rio de Janeiro, you may also consider Sao Paulo airports. See: Sao Paulo
Paraty is closely connected to the surroundings of Rio and to its main attractions. So, for more information, see:
Beaches, Entertainment and Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro and around
Tours involving Rio, Buzios, Angra dos Reis