Okay...let me start with one name...POÇO DA PREGUIÇA...You are going to Rio and you want to see Copacabana, you are making your homework, then you come across with names like Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Ipanema...coconut water, samba...if you go deep in your research then you will know more about Niteroi, Barra da Tijuca, Maracanã, Sambodromo...
But Poço da Preguiça????? What's on Earth is that????
It is also Rio de Janeiro...Poço da Preguiça is part of the several mineral waters pools (or literally "holes" in the Serra dos Orgãos National Park in Guapimirim and the elegant city of Teresopolis in the mountains of Rio.
A visit to the mountains should never be forgotten and it takes the whole day. The contact with nature is simply extraordinary!!! :) Easy trails leads you to pieces of paradises and you can relax in the jungle. Just you and Mother nature.
The best way to explore the National park is starting at Subsede in the small town of Guapimirim and continue the trip thoughout Teresopolis, Petropolis and Friburgo, but it is necessary to choose one town to spend the day and go back to Rio City. In this case we chose Teresopolis.
Teresopolis is famous to be one of the main cities in Rio"s Highlands...it will surprise you how big it is..with nice and green rich neighbohoods around Comary and this area has a landmark which is famous in all over Brazil. The Dedo de Deus Mountain (it means God's Finger). Actually the famous mountain belongs to Guapimirim, a village next door full of waterfalls and wild life that also deserves to be visited. But Teresopolis gets the fame and it has the best views of the park.
Dana and I had the incredible chance to have one more day together and I was honored to show her absolutely pristine nature spots in the Area, also with the help of my good and funny friend Sonia Chagas who is also my tour guide!
Exploring Teresopolis by car we also reach one location with a fantastic waterfall called Frades which once I wrote about in my blog...but going to Frades must be the end of your tour for a delicious swimming moments in such a incredible natural pool, the waters are cold and will give you that wonderful sensation of getting rid o the heat and it will give you a real lesson about Brazilian Natural Wonders.
impossible to describe in words how magnificent Frade's Valley is...full of rapids and falls, crystal clear waters and the privacy you need to enjoy nature exactly like the first conqueros witnessed one day in our History...A chance for you to find yourself our of the crowds and have the relaxation that you need!!!
One of my major pleasures in life is helping my guests to find these unique spots and I certainly enjoy every moment. I love the water and we are lucky to have plenty of water everywhere in the country, so summer is not that impossible to bear. We know that we always find a way to relax.
Of course we had the sweet participation of Sonia...the seed of Teresopolis...without her hints we would be lost in so many streets...What a character and what a person full of energy and proud of her land! :) Sonia is one of the people that we need to make our lives wonderful. Thank you Sonia for your incredible presence!!!
ohhhhh Do not forget that Teresopolis is one of the Gastronomy Treasures of Rio State.
You see, joining in my tour...you know that it is family...it is like meeting a distant relative, a cousin and a friend!!!
I am always here always when you need!!!
Thank you very much,
Rafael Torres lopes
Tour Guide and Travel Planner