Nova Friburgo: A Bit of Europe

By Tricia L Chaves, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - One of the most fascinating things about Rio de Janeiro is just how much culture is compacted into one space. Traveling just 136 kilometers from the city (via car or a 2 hour bus ride), you can visit Nova Friburgo, which was named after its first settlers: immigrants from Switzerland’s canton of Fribourg.

The area was chosen specifically for development because of its resemblance to the weather and mountainous Swiss terrain. Later, it was where the first of Brazil . . .

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