By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Only a short hour and a half drive from the city of Rio de Janerio, in the hills of the imperial city Petrópolis, next to the town of Itaipava, lies the valley of Araras, also known as the Vale Gourmet (Gourmet Valley). With its cooler climate, lush landscape, and several renowned restaurants, the Araras valley has become an noteworthy culinary destination for both food and nature lovers alike.
Long enjoyed as an ideal trip for those looking to escape the heat and crowds of the city, the historic mountain city . . .