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Picturesque Colonial era Parati, Brazil, is a charming UNESCO World Heritage Community. Lined with a colorful array of renovated homes, galleries, restaurants and cafés, the historic town, situated half-way between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, is a popular weekend getaway.

Click here and learn more about this hidden jewel in a New York Times travel video narrated by journalist David Kirby.