The region around Paraty is very well known for its cachaça (also known as pinga), the Brazilian booze made from sugar cane. Several distilleries are nearby, and each year, on the third weekend of August, the city celebrates the Festival da Pinga. Events include live music and lots and lots of tastings. Tip: If you miss the festival, make sure to stop at the Emporio da Cachaça, Rua dr. Samuel Costa 22 (tel. 024/3371-6329), a specialty store with over 300 types of cachaça from all over Brazil.
The FLIP Festival
Paraty's most important event is annual writer's festival, flippantly referred to as the FLIP (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty). This event takes place in early July and includes numerous well-known foreign authors. Readings and presentations are often in English. For more details on upcoming FLIPs see www.flip.org.br. Book early if you plan to attend the FLIP. This event has quickly become the toast of the town and it's even outselling New Year's or Carnaval. Contact the tourist information office (tel. 024/3371-1897) or the FLIP festival office in Paraty (tel. 024/3371-7082) for details.
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