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Parati, Ilha Grande and the Costa Verde: Fact file


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When to go

The verdant mountains can attract rain at any time but sunny days are frequent. The best weather is Mar – May, a quiet season except over Easter. The local holiday season Dec - Feb and Jul, weekends and public holidays can be very busy.

Language

Brazilian Portuguese, a more languid and musical version of Portugal’s mother tongue.

Getting local currency

Brazilian Real. Notes can be withdrawn from the ATMs of Bradesco in Ave. Roberto Silveira just outside Paratí’s historic centre using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. ATMs close at 10pm.

Time difference

GMT -3 hours. There is daylight saving Oct end Feb (approx) when clocks are put forward one hour.

Getting there

To Ilha Grande: 3 hours by road and 1.5 hours by ferry from Rio de Janeiro; to Paratí 4-5 hours by road from Rio (6-7 hours with shared transport), a bit longer from São Paulo.

Combines with

Ilha Grande with Paratí, 100 km or 1.5 hours further down the coast; Rio de Janeiro (136 km by road from Ilha Grande, 236 km from Paratí).

Key events

Carnival: 5 days in Feb/Mar variable.
Easter: Religious parades and folk singing in Paratí.
Paratí International Literary festival: International book festival with world-renowned authors, Jul annually.
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