Approx 4hrs from Rio, Paraty is a super attractive, fun little town with beautiful colonial buildings and a lot of acai.
Trindade is a beautiful little fishing village in Rio de Janiero, about a 40 minute bumpy bus ride from Paraty. Besides having extremely beautiful beaches and a famously picturesque natural pool (Piscina Natural do Cachadaço), it has quite a hippy reputation and there’s a great deal of love for Bob Marley in the souvenir shops.
Carnaval in Rio is absolutely insane. Everyone gets a six day holiday and the streets are filled with ridiculous costumes. Overseas we see images of girls in nothing but feathers and glitter and that’s predominantly all I’ve come to associate with Brazilian Carnaval. Three days in Rio changed that terrible misconception.