Itacuruçá: A Natural Paradise in the Southern Rio State

Less than two hours away from the city of Rio de Janeiro, the destination is popular for offering peaceful islands with calm waters, trails, waterfalls and historical attractions.

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As the hot summer season gets closer in Brazil, there is nothing like a getaway to a nice beach area nearby. Still little known among many foreign travelers, the district of Itacuruçá might be just the spot to add to the itinerary.

With three islands, great beaches, waterfalls and cultural attractions, Itacuruçá is the perfect destination for a relaxing break in a natural paradise.

The archipelago is one of the Cariocas' favorite escapes during the weekends, especially for its proximity - it takes approximately 1.5 hours to get there.

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