By Alison McGowan, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Paraty is a world heritage site, a beautiful cobbled colonial town, with a traffic-free historical center. 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 cachaça (sugar cane liquor) production, Paraty really came of age during the gold cycle of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries, when the . . .

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