As well as the beautiful preserved town, the numerous beaches and the over 60 islands that can be visited by boat, there is much to be explored beyond Paraty in the region of Costa Verde. Be sure to check out the Pedra que Engole, a local attraction that translates to the Rock that Swallows, and what gets swallowed are people. This stretch of green coastline has much to offer travelers, not least the plethora of tropical islands, and boats can take you from Paraty to Ilha Grande, a popular large island located off the coast. The coast runs between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and it is easy to get from Sao Paulo to Paraty. The town is also famous for its festivals, in particular the Festa do Divino Espirito Santo, the Festa de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and, of course, the famous Carnaval, which runs from mid-March to mid-April, perfect for those looking for a more intimate experience of this overwhelming Brazilian celebration.