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Paraty International Literary Festival

June or July 2017 - TBC

The Paraty International Literary Festival 2017 (FLIP) will be held in June or July, with dates yet to be defined. This will be the 15th edition of the festival, which has established the historic colonial town as an important feature of the international literary circuit.

The Paraty International Literary Festival 2017 (FLIP) will be held in June or July 2017. This will be the 15th edition of the festival, which has established the historic colonial town as an important feature of the international literary circuit. 

Any visitors to FLIP and Paraty can also combine the festival with trips to other parts of Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is the obvious choice, with Ilha Grande also very close to unwind afterwards. The Natural Wonder of Iguazu Falls is a short flight away, while Salvador and Bahia, Ouro Preto, the Amazon and Pantanal may all be worth considering. 

  • Destinations: Paraty
  • Duration: June or July 2017 - TBC
  • Trip Style: Events & Festivals
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Day 1 : Arrive in Paraty for FLIP
Tuesday 29 July. On arrival in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, you will be picked up for the journey along the Costa Verde, Brazil\'s Emerald Coast, and possibly its most spectacular coastal route. After leaving the city behind, the 4hr drive takes you on the coast-hugging road, with jungle-covered mountains and tropical islands dotting the sparkling blue Bay of Angra dos Reis. After checking in to your Paraty hotel, you can spend the afternoon exploring the historic centre of the old port town and the FLIP installations. The historic centre plays host to most events and all should be within walking distance of your hotel, as is the colourful town pier.
Day 2 : The Paraty International Literary Festival
Wednesday 30 July. The Main Programme of FLIP consists of an opening conference to welcome participants and visitors from around the world. There will also be 20 round table discussions featuring guests from a wide variety of backgrounds: writers; filmmakers; cartoonists; historians; journalists; artists; and many more. The Flip Main Programme takes place at the Authors\' Tent, an auditorium with capacity for 850 people. Each event is accompanied by simultaneous translation and is broadcast live in the Screen Tent, with seating capacity for 1,400, and by live feed over the internet.
Day 3 : Flipinha & Flipzona
Thursday 31 July. As well as the main programme, there are other programmes included at FLIP. Flipinha (Little Flip) is focussed on the educative side of literature. Flipinha has two main aims - a literary programme for infants to help initiate and develop reading skills from an early age; and an education programme aimed at helping slightly older children to enjoy reading. The Casa Azul Library in the Ilha das Cobras district is the host. Flipzona concentrates on the visual themes of the festival, with videos, photographs, graffiti, and the social network communications of Facebook, youtube, and blogs being discussed and demonstrated.
Day 4 : FLIP Authors Confirmed
Friday 1 August. FLIP 2014. Booker Prize Winner John Banville from Ireland, American author Lydia Davis and Bosnia writer Aleksandar Hermon are authors confirmed already for 2014. Milton Hamoun will deliver the opening address of the festival, based on Graciliano Ramos. US scholar Randal Johnson, a specialist in Brazilian literature, will also be there to launch a new book about Ramos. Palestinean poet and political scientist Tamin Al-Barghouti will also be appearing. More authors, writers and figures from the literary world will be confirmed as the festival approaches.
Day 5 : FLIP & Around
Saturday 2 August. As well as the festival, Paraty has plenty of options to keep visitors occupied outside of the literary world. The charms of the town and the surrounding area have clearly helped to make FLIP so popular. The historic old town with its cobbled streets, crumbling churches and colourful houses is a photogenic setting, with all kinds of street entertainment to witness during FLIP. For those who want to escape for a little while, then boat and kayaking trips around Paraty Bay, hikes through the Atlantic Rainforest to remote beaches, tours of the Old Gold Trail and horse riding in the hills are all available.
Day 6 : Sunday at FLIP
Sunday 3 August. The final day of the Paraty International Literary Festival. The 2013 festival is the 11th Edition, having first been hosted in 2003 by Englishwoman Liz Calder. It has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the largest and most important literary festivals in South America. As the festival closes, you can look forward to the final evening in the town. As well as the festival, Paraty is also renowned for being one of the cultural hotspots of Brazil, with an international influence to wonderful fresh Brazilian ingredients. Seafood is especially impressive, while the cachaças of the local shops are wonderful gifts to take home.
Day 7 : Heading Away from Paraty
Paraty & Away
Monday 4 August. With the Paraty International Literary Festival at its end, you return to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo for your flight away from Brazil. You could also extend the trip for some more time relaxing around Paraty and the Costa Verde, especially Ilha Grande. There are also many destinations in Brazil and South America which you could visit as well, with time in Rio, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires being perhaps the most logical options. The Amazon, Pantanal and most of the Brazilian coastline could also appeal. Whatever you prefer to do, we can make the arrangements to suit, whether you prefer to tour before or after your visit to Paraty.
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Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

June - July

Boat Tour of the Bay - Paraty
Duration: 6 Hours
Your day begins with the short walk to Paraty's picturesque harbour, with brightly painted boats all waiting to head out into the bay. You leave the pier to visit some of the tropical islands, secluded beaches and crystal clear coves with stops for snorkelling, swimming and strolling along the sands. Lunch is usually served on board or perhaps on one of the islands. The pleasant cruise back arrives late afternoon as the sun dips behind the mountains, bathing Paraty in rays. Your trip can be done on the large schooners with other people or on smaller private boats.
Old Gold Trail Tour - Paraty
Duration: 8 Hours
A day in the Costa Verde hills takes you first to the Caminho do Ouro, the 500km road that connected the gold-rush areas of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes in Minas Gerais with the port of Paraty which was used to ship gold and minerals to Europe. The journey took 30 days, climbing the steep hills behind the town and through the mountain ranges of the Bocaina and Itatiaia National Parks. Parts of the road built by slaves in the 18th Century are still visible, alongside tumbling waterfalls in the Atlantic Rainforest. Trails to the falls, with a natural slide for the locals to impress visitors, make part of your day, along with a visit to an alambique, the sugar-cane cachaça distilleries of Brazil.
Saco da Mamangua Sailing - Paraty
Duration: 1-3 Days
Cruising out of Paraty takes you first to visit Ilha dos Mantimentos, which used to store the town's food supplies on the island. Now the island is home to a population of the rare golden lion tamarin, a beautifully coloured golden monkey. Praia Vermelha has red-coloured sands and clear waters of the mainland headlands, while sea-turtles can often be found feeding in the neighbouring bay off Jurumirim beach. Saco da Mamangua is the 8km inlet with towering mountains on either side. You can swim in the water, kayak in the mangroves and hike to the peaks.
Paraty Walking Tour - Paraty
Duration: 3 Hours
A walking tour of historic Paraty helps you to learn a little more about the town, its history, and its place in the story of Brazil. The town was settled by the Portuguese as one of their ports (along with one called Rio de Janeiro) to ship the riches of the Minas Gerais gold-rush to Europe. It is built as a harbour and even to receive the highest tides, and your guide can help you uncover the secrets. Baroque churches, colonial mansions and colourful town-houses line the streets and squares, with the fort on the small hill overlooking the red roofs.
Praias do Sono & Antigos Hike - Paraty
Duration: Full Day
This hike takes you up and over the hills of the remote Laranjeiras Peninsula to the start of the trail to Praia do Sono. A reasonably straightforward path over the headland through Atlantic Rainforest has you dropping down to the beautiful Praia do Sono. The beach and the fishing village there can only be reached by trail or boat. A stop for swimming in the crystal waters comes before you cross the next headland to the tropical paradise beaches of Antigos and Antiguinhos. After returning to Sono for a simple seafood lunch, you can either hike back or catch a ride with a local fisherman back to Laranjeiras and your transport back to Paraty for the evening.
Paraty Bay Kayak Trip - Paraty
Duration: 3 Hours
A wonderful few hours can be spent paddling around Paraty Bay by kayak. Leaving from the Jabaquara Beach on the opposite side of the fort hill, you head out around various islands, populated mostly by birds but also a holiday home or two. A stop at an island beach and then a secluded mainland one give the chance to cool off in the water. The paddle then continues into a closed bay, where a shallow channel through the mangroves leads through to the other side, with crabs, heron and egrets for company. Longer kayak trips and overnight paddles are also possible.
Trindade Tour - Paraty
Duration: All Day
The journey to Trindade takes you out of Paraty and over the hills of the Laranjeiras Pensinula, with steep roads to negotiate. Trindade is hidden by the hills of the Serra da Bocaina, which form part of a national park, and the coastline here is very spectacular, with huge rocks on the beaches, streams tumbling down, and verdant Atlantic Rainforest. The beaches range from the surf of Cepilho to the calm bays of Caxadaço, with a visit to the natural pools there possible by trail along the sand or by boat. Lunch is overlooking the main beach in Trindade, returning in the afternoon.
Horse-Riding & Mountain Biking - Paraty
Duration: Various Options
Horse-Riding and Mountain Biking trips can be arrange around Paraty, with rides in the shadows of the peaks that range behind the town. The horse-riding is down at Barra Grande, some 25km away, a ride along Atlantic Rainforest trails, and the chance to have a gallop in the meadows at the finish. Longer horse-rides are also possible, including a multi-day trip up through the mountains to Cunha. Mountain biking can be done with a guide or alone, with many routes to the various waterfalls, viewpoints and beaches of the area.
Stand-Up Paddle Trips - Paraty
Duration: Various Options
Paraty is the perfect place for stand-up paddle, and in fact the local fishermen have been doing it for centuries! The shallow waters of the bay off Jabaquara Beach are perfect to learn, while you can also paddle around Paraty, up the canal, and even up the streets of town during the highest tides of the year! Options for longer day trips heading out by boat to paddle around islands with beaches and monkeys, or bays with sea turtles are also available. Still more options include overnight trips, exploring the beautiful Saco da Mamangua, or SUP-surfing.