GEKO HOSTEL & POUSADA PARATY

Orlando Carpinelli, 111 | Praia do Pontal - Paraty - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Geko Hostel & Pousada Paraty

Gold Road

Discover the Gold Road to Paraty

What is the Gold Road?

Caminho-do-Ouro-Paraty-Camino-del-Oro-Paraty-Gold-Road-3cCutting through the States of Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo to the port cities of Paraty and Rio de Janeiro, the Royal Road thrived during the diamond and gold-digging years of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, linking many of the most important historic towns in the region. After many decades out of the spotlight, it is now resurfacing as a popular itinerary for those in search of culture, history, typical regional food and a large variety of outdoors activities.

Paraty grew in the 18th century as a strategically important port for exporting the gold mined in Minas Gerais. When shipments in nearby Rio began to attract the attention and ambition of pirates and privateers from rival European powers, the Portuguese began using Paraty as their safe port for getting their gold to Lisbon. Together with Ouro Preto, the town was part of the Royal Road (Caminho Real or Caminho do Ouro, Gold Road), a route used to export gold in colonial times. It was also an obligatory sleep-over stop for travelers between Rio and São Paulo until the late 1800s, when the inner road was opened.

Visiting the Gold Road allows you to know not only an important engineering work but also lush vegetation and the culture of the people of Paraty, its past, its present. Waterfalls, ateliers, distilleries, homemade food... We strongly suggest you visit the Gold Road and the Rain Forest.

Tourist Information Centre / Igreja da Penha (Church)

The beginning of the tour is at the Tourist Information Centre Gold Road. There you will find information, maps, photos, a handicraft shop, an exhibitions area, etc. The landscape of the Royal Road outstands in the landscape next to the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Penha.

Through the Revitalization of the Gold Road Project - In the Trail of History, a joint venture between the Paraty City Hall, the Sebrae RJ and the Paraty Tourism Guides Association, 4 kilometres of the old road were recovered.

Since a part of the road is located in the Serra da Bocaína National Park, visitors can appreciate beautiful natural landscapes, watch specimens of flora and fauna of the Atlantic forest, such as: Flora: Jequitibá, Ipê, Araribá, Cinammon trees, Quaresmeira, Palmito Jussara, Bromeliads, Orchids, etc. Fauna: Sabiá, Tiê, Saíras, Tangará, Tucan, Parrots, Pica-pau, Lizzards, Caxinguelê, Guaxinim, Tatú, Cotias, etc. Did you know we also have an Inn, B&B up in the middle of the Atlantic Rainforest, only 5km from Paraty? With its own river, natural pools, and wonderful gardens.

A bit of history

Cutting through the States of Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo to the port cities of Paraty and Rio de Janeiro, the Royal Road thrived during the diamond and gold-digging years of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, linking many of the most important historic towns in the region. After many decades out of the spotlight, it is now resurfacing as a popular itinerary for those in search of culture, history, typical regional food and a large variety of outdoors activities

.Paraty grew in the 18th century as a strategically important port for exporting the gold mined in Minas Gerais. When shipments in nearby Rio began to attract the attention and ambition of pirates and privateers from rival European powers, the Portuguese began using Parati as their safe port for getting their gold to Lisbon. Together with Ouro Preto, the town was part of the Royal Road (Caminho Real or Caminho do Ouro, Gold Road), a route used to export gold in colonial times. It was also an obligatory sleep-over stop for travelers between Rio and São Paulo until the late 1800s, when the inner road was opened.

During the Gold Cycle of the 17th and 18th centuries Paraty connected the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo e Minas Gerais. Paraty also served as a Commercial Outpost and, given its geographical position, as an exit port for the gold of Minas Gerais. It was one of the most important port towns of the 18th century.

Since the discovery of gold in what is today the state of Minas Gerais at the end of the 17th century, the trail reached the village of Falcão (currently Cunha), from where it went down to the Valley of the Paraíba River (Guaratinguetá), continuing on to Vila Rica (currently Ouro Preto). It was the entry road for the slaves and the exit road for the gold. This road went for more than 1.200 kilometres, which usually took about 100 days.

New Year`s Eve in Paraty Packages

  • Accommodation for 3 nights in rooms with ensuite bathrooms and A/C
  • Free Breakfast served at the beach! Free Wi-Fi + Lockers + Linen
* December 30th until January 3rd 2018
NOW WITH 25% DISCOUNT!!
Private Bedrooms (with A/C, TV, Frigobar, en suite)

- Private Single / Double / Couple: (R$3.040  -25%) = R$ 2.280 per room, for 3 nights
- Private Triple (3 beds): Price (R$3.648  -25%) = R$ 2.736 per room, for 3 nights
- Private Quadruple (4 beds): (R$4.013  -25%) = R$ 3.010 per room, for 3 nights

Shared Dorm with ensuite bathroom and A/C- Dorm up to 8 or 6 beds: 3 nights for (R$907  -25%) = R$ 680
Dorm up to 10 beds: 3 nights for (R$652  -25%) = R$ 489


New Year`s Eve in Paraty Packages

Breakfast on the beach

Breakfast on the Beach: Geko Hostel includes a full Brazilian breakfast (coffee, milk, tea, fruit juice, yoghurt, cereals, toasts, ham, cheese, jam, fruits, cakes) so that you can begin your day full of energy (o recover from last night's partying). Have a delicious breakfast with you feet on the sand outlooking the Paraty bay on the Pontal Beach, just across the street from the hostel.
Breakfast on the beach

Prices hostels in Paraty

Come and enjoy Paraty in Geko, Accommodation in Paraty starting at 24.99!

A blend of a Bed & Breakfast (Pousada), with the atmosphere and prices of a Youth Hostel. A great place to relax, socialise, meet new people and go partying! Geko Hostel & Pousada offers accommodation with all ensuite rooms, A/C and beach breakfast. With prices starting at a merely 24.99.
Prices hostels in Paraty

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Photos of Paraty Posada Hostel Geko Hostel. Enjoy your hollidays at the best location!
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Excursions in Paraty

Geko Hostel & Pousada's excursions and tours: enjoy and meet new people, take boat tours, visit the islands, beaches, waterfalls ruins and fishermen villages...
Excursions in Paraty

Accommodation Packages in Paraty

Paraty Packages: Tourist Packages with Discounts for Special Dates and Holidays, Long weekends, and cultural events. Incredible discounts in accommodation for Carnival, New Year's Eve, FLIP, Pinga Festival, Paraty em Foco, Bourbon Festival (Jazz & Blues), Corpus Chirsti, Holy Ghost Celebration, Easter, Chirstmas and much more.
Accommodation Packages in Paraty

Events in Paraty 2017

Paraty Events Calendar 2015. Information on parties, festivals, cultural, artistic and religious events in Paraty: FLIP, Festival da Pinga, New Year?s Eve, Paraty em Foco, Bourbon Festival, Easter, Festa do Divino and much more. Special discount packages and offers.
Events in Paraty 2017

Geko Hostel & Pousada Paraty