Parati sits on the Bay of Ilha Grande, which has 365 little islands to explore.
Here are some images of the lazy day I spent sailing around there.
Early in the morning, I saw the schooner tour people using fun marketing techniques to drum up business, like this guy advertising the "Aloha" line.
And this pirate boarding the Buchanero. When I saw the pirate later, he was calmly playing the guitar for all his guests, rather than saying "Aaarg!" and scaring people.
One of the guys preparing his ship for departure:
Here's my captain pulling up the anchor of our schooner as we left Parati:
He guided our schooner at this wheel, while the eight guests aboard hung out on cushions and pillows you see here:
I enjoyed visiting with this couple from Jersey (not New Jersey, but Jersey the island in the United Kingdom) who had once quit their jobs and spent 18 months traveling.
I also enjoyed visiting with this young lady from Portugal. She and her two girlfriends had just finished medical school, so they took this trip to Brazil together to celebrate.
I liked seeing the other boats:
And the jungle-covered islands:
And the beautiful mountain range in the distance:
We stopped to snorkel among these fish:
Where we could jump off the boat, or climb down this ladder if we didn't want to make a splash:
The first mate paddled out to tie us to this rock:
Sometimes, we'd drop the anchor:
We stopped to play at some beautiful beaches:
Some of which had palm trees growing coconuts:
And beautiful flowers:
One of the islands had a lovely home on it:
With cute "God Bless This Home" signs in front:
It was a relaxing day...one that felt like a true vacation!