Pousada do Ouro | Centro Histórico, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
"beautiful pousada in colonial mansion in historic centre of Paraty"
|Nearest Airport:||São Paulo - 260 kms|
|Trip Style:||History + Culture|
wi-fi, supports community projects, spa, sauna, restaurant, private parking, pool, massage, laundry, bi-lingual receptionists, bar
|Language(s):||Spanish, Portuguese, English|
|Recommended attractions:||weddings, waterfalls, walking, swimming, spa, snorkelling, night life & shopping, museums, massage, local handicrafts, horseriding, hiking, flora & fauna, diving, churches, boat trips, birding|
|Ideal for:||solo travellers, small groups, families, couples|
|Cards Accepted:||Visa, Mastercard , AMEX|
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Note: Where pousadas are off the beaten track, Google maps only show the nearest town, and are not an accurate guide to location.
Alison's pousada review
Pousada do Ouro is one of the most established of Paraty's historical centre having steadily grown over the years to take over 3 of the original colonial houses on either side of the Rua Dr Pereira.
It has also steadily grown in reputation over the last 10 years and this year gained the Trip Advisor badge of excellence.
There are 27 suites here ranging from standard to ouro (gold), all super clean and comfortable with excellent shower rooms, flat screen TV and telephone. My own suite included 2 rooms with massive queen size bedin one and single bed in the other, plus that rare thing- a table so you can write your notes or novel overlooking the cobbled streets, and the passing horse and carriages.
Downstairs there are various lounging areas plus breakfast room (with one of the best pousada breakfasts in Brazil), bar, sauna and arrow shaped pool surrounded by tropical gardens.
For those who are interested in festivals (and there are plenty to choose from in Paraty- including the famous FLIP literary event in July) this is a perfect place to be, right in the thick of things. I personally prefer the peace and quiet which reigns the rest of the time, soaking up the history and atmosphere of the place. Either way this is a beautiful pousada and well worthy of a place in our special collection.
Paraty is a world heritage site, a beautiful cobbled colonial town, with a traffic-free historical centre. Outside festival season at least, it appears to have stopped in time. The original inhabitants were Guaiana Indians, but the present town was founded in 1667.First famous for its sugar mills and its cachaca (sugar cane liquor) production, Paraty really came of age during the gold cycle of the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Caminho do Ouro (Gold Trail) was built. This opened up the interior of the country and more importantly gave the state of Minas Gerais access to the sea. It was through the port of Paraty that much of the gold and precious stones from Minas passed on their way to Portugal.
If Paraty is as well preserved as it is, much is due to its economic isolation in the 19th century, courtesy of the rather efficient pirates hiding out on the neighbouring beach of Trindade, who effectively forced merchants to find different ports. However another reason was the difficulty of access before the 1970s when the coastal road, Rio/Santos BR101, was built. In the last 25 years local tourism has grown substantially and the number of pousadas runs into hundreds, located both inside and outside the historical centre. Many of the original colonial buildings have been refurbished and now house craft shops, restaurants and bars, with live music in the evenings.
- the journey down the coast road from Rio to Paraty
- schooner trips round the Ilha Grande Bay
- walking tour round the historical centre of Paraty
- shopping for handicrafts, rugs, hammocks, wooden boxes, art, cachaça
- festivals, particularly the literary festival (FLIP) in July
- Location right in the hsitorical centre
- Wonderful breakfasts
- Excellent service
|Try a different place if...
you come for a festival and don't like noise, or if you have mobility problems. The cobbled streets are very uneven.