By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - There is more to Rio state than amazing beaches and exciting nightlife. Located just 200 kilometers from downtown Rio is the hilltop region of Visconde de Mauá, combining several relaxing and inviting small villages in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range.
A district of Resende, Rio de Janeiro state, Visconde de Mauá is formed of the Mauá, Maringá and Maromba hamlets, encompasses the diverse valleys of Vale das Cruzes, Vales das Flores, Alcantilado, Pavão and Grama, and boasts more than 100 waterfalls, several of which are open to the public . . .