"Get Beyond the Big City" Estado do Rio de Janeiro by glabah

Estado do Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide: 4,628 reviews and 9,080 photos

Just like the state of Sao Paulo, the state of Rio de Janeiro is mostly known for the huge city of the same name.

The state, however, is so much more than just that city.

Both east and west of the city of Rio de Janeiro there are dozens of small coastal cities that are far more unique, and in my opinion far more appealing, than the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The mountains that surround the city of Rio de Janeiro are actually the edge of the Brazilian highlands - a coastal plateau that plunges into the Atlantic ocean creating a number of narrow beach communities along the coast. As you get further inland you get into some very interesting rain forest land, and smaller mountainous communities.

To the east, the highlands fade away and instead a small plains area is close to the coast. Here, there are also some popular beach areas, but the area around here is also a very productive sugar cane growing area.

  • Last visit to Estado do Rio de Janeiro: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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