EBetween Serra dos Órgãos and Guanabara Bay, Guapimirim is the Rio de Janeiro that few people know. About 70 km from the capital, the municipality is a maze of mangroves, rivers and waterfalls that make the destination a kind of Pantanal Fluminense. Just to give you an idea of the scenic talent of the region, Guapi has about 80% of its territory in an area of environmental protection and is known for the observation tours of gray porpoises and yellow-headed alligators.
But the trip doesn’t stop there.
The city of just over 60 thousand inhabitants, in the Serra Verde Imperial, is one of the bases for those who visit Dedo de Deus and all the other mountains of Serra dos Órgãos, a national park known for the excellent conditions for mountain sports, in the municipalities of Teresópolis, Petrópolis, Magé and Guapimirim.
Valley of the Moon
The attraction, which started to become popular during the quarantine, is named after the homonymous attraction in Veadeiros Plateau, in Goiás.
In this stretch of the Soberbo River, naturally sculpted rocks give way to wells and swimming pools.
It is recommended to do the 1:30 am trail in the morning and with accredited local guides, as Soberbo is the only one in the city where the water head occurs, a phenomenon marked by the sudden rise in the level of its waters.
Further down, there is the Poço da Caverna, one of the most impressive scenarios of the destination. KNOW MORE
On this tour of jeep, the region’s fresh waters are the setting for this nine-hour tour.
One of the highlights is the Poço do Encantado, a natural pool amid the remains of the old train that cut through the Serra de Guapimirim.
The trip follows trails to Poço do Padre, also known as Poço do Escorrega, and Poço da Concórdia.
Canyons of Iconha
A trail of approximately 2 km takes the visitor to natural pools of waters with greenish tones.
On the way, there are seven stops for swimming to the highest, deepest and narrowest part of these walls, almost 40 meters high, where you can only swim or jump from the top of the trail.
Recently mapped during a scientific-exploratory expedition, this impressive fall of 450 meters is considered the largest waterfall in Brazil and is located at the top of the Serra dos Órgãos.
Located in an area of extreme complexity and high risk, the attraction can only be seen from afar, in different parts of the city, especially during the summer, when the volume of water is greater.
This is the most famous scenario in Guapimirim.
Despite the old controversy about its location, this National Natural Heritage is one of the natural attractions of the Serra dos Órgãos National Park, considered the largest hiking network in Brazil, with more than 200 km of trails.
For those who do not intend to face the challenging crossing between Petrópolis and Teresópolis, Mirante do Soberbo is one of the best points of observation of this peak at 1,692 meters of altitude, considered the starting point of climbing in Brazil.
* This post was produced in partnership with Visit Guapimirim and has no commercial link with the site
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