A True Gem In Rio De Janeiro, Brasil

Brazil is one of the most fascinating places on earth. The biggest country in South America has beautiful and contrasting nature, vibrant culture full of diversity, rhythm and Rio de Janeiro as a leader among its many magnificent cities.

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Christ the Redeemer embracing the City of Rio de Janeiro

As the host of the 2016 Olympic Games which will take place in  August, Rio will be one of this summer’s most popular destinations. The cultural heart of Brazil, sits at the center of a harbor surrounded by forest-covered mountains. Sugar Loaf, Tijuca Forest and Corcovado act as they are protecting its beauty. Lovingly overlooking it all, is the imposing statue of Christ the Redeemer, meeting the city with its reaching arms.

“The “marvelous city,” as Rio de Janeiro’s citizens call their beloved hometown, is much more than Copacabana and Ipanema”

Warm climate along the year, translates into a celebration of happy people. Their hospitality comes from many styles, cultures and beliefs that are  influenced by the lively sound of carnival, samba, bossa nova and the soccer´s cheer. The “marvelous city,” as Rio de Janeiro’s citizens call their beloved hometown, is much more than Copacabana and Ipanema. It is the cradle of an incredible diversity of interesting neighborhoods and its surroundings, which can satisfy a variety of  guests and locals niches.

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Sunset view from the hotel Pousada Colonial

One of the hidden gems is  Ponta Negra-Maricá, on the coast of Rio de Janeiro State, just thirty five kilometers away from Niterói, and only seventy five north from Rio. This magical place combines a peaceful environment yet being near by a big city. Ponta Negra can be reached within just an hour and half from the heart of Rio as well as the famous Buzios in the opposite direction. Ponta Negra, not only provides plenty of calmness and tranquility, but this small town and its long coastline offer a variety of hotels with very competitive prices.

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Magic view from the hill 

“A gorgeous garden with all kind of exotic trees, monkeys that share breakfast with the guests and astonishing nature, convert this place into a fantasy living up to the reality”

Perched atop the hill with breathtaking views of the ocean, white sand lagoons and the mountains, you can find the family hotel Pousada Colonial. A charming building in colonial style architecture that is arranged in three floors and two story chalets with a balcony, each one facing the ocean. A gorgeous garden with all kind of exotic trees, monkeys that share breakfast with the guests and astonishing nature, convert this place into a fantasy living up to the reality.

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 View from the balcony & breakfast with monkeys 

 

Right next to Pousada Colonial and sharing the same views, you can find the more contemporary  styled Casa e Mar Wellness Spa Hotel. This hotel offers their guests the possibility to enjoy exclusive spa and well-being services with its infinity 20 meters pool, jacuzzi, gym, fitness classes, massages and all kind of wellness treatments. All the rooms have direct views of the ocean, bringing you the sensation of being floating on it. This experience, knocks even the most jaded travelers of their seen-it-all perches.

www.pousadacolonialmarica.com
www.casaemar.com

Author: Armand Alvarez