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Teresopolis is a city in Rio de Janeiro (state). It is one of the most charming cities in the region, with relatively cold weather and beautiful mountains.

God's finger peak in Teresopolis

Some miles from Petrópolis, the town of Teresópolis also delights in an agreeable climate at 900 meters above sea level. In the distance are the bay of Guanabara and the spectacular surroundings of this town. Less rich than her cousin Petrópolis, Teresópolis is the ideal point of departure for the magnificent National Park of Serra dos Orgãos with peaks named evocatively: Dedo de Deus (God’s finger: el. 1692 m.a.s.l.), Nariz do Frade (the Monk’s Nose: el. 1980 m.a.s.l.) or even Pedra do Sino (The bells’ stone: el. 2263 m.a.s.l.). The beauty of the park resides in the strange shapes of these granite formations. One of the most beautiful walks in Brazil is the one linking Teresópolis to Petropolis (3 days- including return trip to Rio-3 hours offers by the travel agency Terra Brazil [2]), traversing through some of the astonishing scenery of a country that conjures up images of beaches and sweaty samba. In this seldom-visited region the history of the emperors has nevertheless left its indelible sacred mark.

Get in[edit]

You can go by bus from the Novo Rio bus station in Rio de Janeiro. The company is also called Teresopolis and the travel takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Get around[edit]

By car is your best bet, and it is easily rentable downtown. Your other option is to bike around, but that may be a hassle in the main streets.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos
  • Aranda Orchidary
    Quebra-Frascos rd s/n, acess by Teresópolis - Petrópolis Road.
  • Take a drive through the serra in both directions. The town of Itaipava is just a half an hour drive away, followed by the town of Araras.
  • Bike ride through the cobble-stone streets and exercise through the steep slopes by beautiful houses.

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Eat & Drink[edit]

  • Crémerie Genève [3]- Goat cheese farm and producer. Sample the delicious cheeses and take a tour of the farm. Teresopolis - Friburgo highway, Km 16 open friday to sunday.
  • Tempero com Arte [4] - Rua Pref. Sebastião Teixeira, 262 - Tijuca Teresópolis - RJ - Brasil 55.21.2742-1299
  • Restaurante Dona Irene, R. Ten. Luiz Meirelles, 1762, ☎ +55 21 2643-3813 [5], Brazilian food with a Russian Heritage. $$$ and above.
  • Vagão Beer, Av. Lúcio Meira, 833 - Várzea Centro, ☎ +55 21 2643-3034 [6], Expensive and over-priced beer, but a huge selection and good food. The open space was expanded from an actual wagon. $$ and above.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Recanto do Lord Hostel ([email protected]), Rua Luiza Pereira Soares, 109, +55 21 2742 5586, [1]. checkin: 1300 hrs; checkout: 1200 hrs. This hostel is very clean, offers ability to bring food and cook, has internet access and the owners are wonderful, kind people. Easy access to main roads. Sits on top of a mountain and the view overlooking the city is just magnificant. $25 - $80.  edit


Get out[edit]

Routes through Teresópolis
FortalezaGovernador Valadares  N noframe S  Rio de JaneiroSão Paulo

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