"MAUA AND OYSTERS" Top 5 Page for this destination Estado do Rio de Janeiro by schurlif
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For the time being, but I will add more later on , I will present two places in the State of Rio de Janeiro to which we always come back to because of their special charm . The first one is RIO DAS OSTRAS ( OYSTER RIVER ), around 180-200 km east of Rio de Janeiro city , in the socalled REGIAO DOS LAGOS ( LAKE REGION ) on the coast near BUZIOS and CABO FRIO. The first time we (my Rio family : Regina, Denis, Vinicius, Thales) and I decided to go there in February 2002 we happened to get there exactly on the weekend when the National Motorcycle Association of Brazil held its annual meeting and parade there. Bikers had come from thousands of kilometers just to be there on that weekend. Of course , social and jovial as I am , I quickly made friendship with some nice people.... ( no kidding , these were great guys... ! )
This picture is from about 2000 , Vinicius ( then 7) , Denis (then 11) and Benji ( then 12) mounting the famous (for not obeying) horses of VISCONDE DE MAUA (in this case actually from the neighboring village MARINGA) , 2000 meters above sea level in the phantastic SERRA DA MANTIQUEIRA near the PARQUE NACIONAL DE ITATIAIA. To reach Maua = ( the three villages Visconde de MAUA, MARINGA and MAROMBA along the RIO PRETO for short) you need to get to km 311 of the DUTRA highway = ( about 22 km from the border of RJ and SP on the RJ side ), there's the exit for Maua , make a stop at Penedo , Brazils "Finland", for a small Scandinavian lunch and then go driving up the serpentine unpaved road for some 30 to 35 km.... Lots of fun , beautifull views and finally "Maua" itself... We always stay in Maringa with its many charming pousadas with a fireplace in each room because it really gets cold up there for Cariocas/Fluminenses and Paulistanos/Paulistas. Breakfast in each pousada is a sheer delight and then it's pure nature the whole day.....
I know this place so well , I've been there like at least 10 times......People call it the "Hippie Village " because some older kids (lol) , long hair and all , make cheap jewelry and sell it to the tourists , but this has nothing to do with the hippie movement from the 60ies. There are inumerous places that serve trout and fondues (meat , cheese , chocolate). There are inumerous waterfalls , chances to swim or rather dip in the Rio Preto, there's the famous ESCORREGADOR , a natural slide over the rocks for an estimated 40 meters before you land in a natural pool formed in the river with all the water on top of you pushing you down....(see pic) but don't worry , nobody ever drowned there..... there are trout farms where you fish at ease and pay for every fish cought..... they will take the fish out on the spot and grill it for you , I sometimes end up eating 4 or 5 trouts in one go.... they're so delicious.....!! Most of the roads are unpaved and when it rains the whole thing becomes a mud hole. When Denis and Benji were really small my car got stuck once in the mud..... Regina went at the wheel while I tried to push.... the car was pointing pretty much uphill.... While I pushed with my last reserves three guys came along and helped pushing and in no time Regina had the car out and ready to drive again , except I had leaned so much with so much force that I had landed with my whole body and face in the mud..... The three guys , Regina and the two kids had a hearty laugh , so I guess it must have been very funny....
Maua is also for the romantic couples , a perfect place to be with the one you love and enjoy pousadas specialized in welcoming turtle doves and for everybody to enjoy crisp, clean air , good culinary , lavish nature and peace. A prime destination for off the beaten track visitors from gringo countries.....
- Pros:I only go and stay at places I like whether Maua or Rio d. Ostras
- Cons:The only thing that turns me off is returning to the same place in short intervals
- In a nutshell:The State of Rio de Janeiro has dramatic mountains and a beautiful coast
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