Exploring the Mountain Getaway of Visconde de Maua in Rio

With dozens of naturally-made waterfalls and a huge artist community, the town attracts adventurers from all over the country.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Located about two hours and a half from Rio de Janeiro, Visconde de Maua is a perfect spot for a weekend getaway in the mountains. Its waterfalls and bucolic, artsy city center attracts visitors all year long.

“I’ve been to Visconde de Maua at least five times, at different times of the year, and the town still surprises me,” says São Paulo resident, Eder Costa e Silva.

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