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Teresopolis

Teresopolis

Teresopolis (population 115,000)is another mountain retreat, 95km northeast of Rio. The city itself is modern, prosper ous and dull: the attraction is the dramatic mountains around it, which make Teresopolis the climbing and trekking center of Brazil especially the fantastic rock pinnacles of the Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos.

The best walking trail is the Trilha Pedra do Simon which takes about eight hours roundtrip from Barragem Beija Flor, at the end of the main road into the park. It's also possible to walk over the forested mountains to Petropolis. Most trails are unmarked but it's easy and inexpensive to hire a guide at the national park visitor center. The best months for walks are May to October.

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