Where to Stay in Paraty: Eliconial Paraty Pousada

Of all the places we visited in Brazil, Paraty was by far my favorite for reasons that you’ll read about in posts to come. And it just so happened that of the four guest homes we stayed at while traveling through Brazil, our accommodation in Paraty, Eliconial Paraty Pousada, was also my favorite.

We arrived to Paraty Brazil from Rio de Janeiro by bus, and when we got off of the bus in the non-historic center of town, a black Brazilian guy helped us call a cab, explaining in his limited English that he wanted to help us out because we’re black. Right on! A short 10 minute cab ride later, we arrived at our pousada where our host met us at the front entrance, checked us in, and led us to our bungalow.

Street leading to the pousada
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I was traveling with Jave, my brother Aaron, and my cousin Travis, and the bungalow we were assigned was a perfect fit for us all. Jave and I slept in the downstairs bedroom, Travis slept on the day bed in the living area, and Aaron had the upstairs loft to himself.

Our bedroom

Travis’ sleeping area/living area

Stairs leading up to Aaron’s loft – watch your head!

Aaron’s loft

We were visiting Brazil in August which is Brazil’s winter, and at night, the temperature in Paraty plummeted. We would’ve frozen in our beds, but fortunately, our room was stocked with extra thick blankets in the closet. One thing I particularly liked about our bungalow is that when we closed the wooden window shutters at night, the rooms go completely dark which is great because I hate trying to sleep when light is streaming in.

Our bungalow had a little kitchenette area in case we wanted to cook, but we never used it. And though the bathroom was a bit small, it was perfectly clean. Another great feature was the hammock on our front patio – the perfect spot to relax and read a book.

Eliconial Paraty Pousada also has a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi, the latter of which Jave decided to soak in during the middle of the freezing cold night. Needless to say, he instantly caught a cold and spread it to me!

Eliconial Paraty Pousada

Hmmm…this looks like the perfect spot to get sick!

Eliconial is about a 20-25 minute walk from the historical center of Paraty where cars are forbidden. Walking to the historic center at night was safe and quiet, but I was with three guys and wouldn’t recommend walking alone at night. In the historic center, you’ll find a variety of shops, nightlife, and restaurants, but we opted to eat dinner closer to our pousada.

Drinks in Paraty’s historic center
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One night we had pizza at a hostel up the road from Eliconial, and another night, at the recommendation of our host, we ate the BEST fish dinner at La Luna which is also just up the road from Eliconial. La Luna is right on Praia do Jabaquara, and the tide pulls the water right up to edge of the restaurant, so it’s a scenic and romantic spot to have dinner.

Praia do Jabaquara

La Luna on Praia do Jabaquara
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Another highlight of Eliconial is the breakfast which is included in the rate. At the other guest houses we stayed at in Brazil, breakfast was hit or miss, but at Eliconial, breakfast was a home run. The fruits, breads, and the cake were all very fresh and filling.

Kitchen area where breakfast is prepared

I have every intention of returning to Paraty someday soon, and when I do, I’d definitely love to have a repeat stay at Eliconial Paraty Pousada.

Check out the hotel’s website for reservation inquiries.

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Have you been to Paraty? What’s your favorite place to stay there?