The historic center dates back to the 1820s when the streets were already "pé de moleque" which means boy's foot paving. They're rocks that are really hard to walk on! Paraty was a great location because of the sea and during full moons, the tide came right into town and cleaned the streets! There were coffee plantations and sugar cane farms, and pirates and Freemasons who constructed the lovely buildings. Construction of buildings was highly regulated, thank goodness, because they're still standing and look great.
I love the streamers in place for Carnival-
It has an interesting front. It's like a birthday cake stacked up in there-