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Serra das Araras
Serra das Araras (82)
Trip Date:2009-03-03 - 2009-03-19
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Countries visited:Brazil
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City of Rio De Janeiro("River of January", pronounced [ˈxi.ʊ dʒɪ ʒaˈneɪ.ɾʊ] in Portuguese, [ˈriːoʊ di ʒəˈnɛroʊ] in English), is the second largest city of Brazil and South America, behind São Paulo, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America, behind São Paulo and Buenos Aires. It is the state capital of Rio de Janeiro. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1822 during the Portuguese colonial era, and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. It is also the former capital of the Portuguese Empire (1808 - 1821). Commonly known as just Rio, the city is also nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa, or "The Marvelous City".
Rio de Janeiro is famous for its natural settings, its Carnival celebrations, samba and other music, and hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Jesus, known as Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a giant permanent parade stand used during Carnival and Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.
The city also boasts the largest and second largest urban forests in the world: Floresta da Tijuca, or "Tijuca Forest".[1] and (almost connected to the first) the forest in Parque Estadual da Pedra Branca, or White Stone State Park. Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport connects Rio de Janeiro with many Brazilian cities and also operates several international flights.

Riviera de São Lourenço - History -

It was in 1979, during a helicopter flight over São Lourenço beach, that Riviera de São Lourenço began to take shape. On this flight, the directors of Praias Paulistas S.A and Cia Fazenda Acaraú, owners of this tract of land, started negotiations with the directors of Sobloco Construtora S/A for urbanisation of that area of 9 million square metres
In August that year the contract was signed, and Riviera de São Lourenço was born. The architects Oswaldo Correa Gonçalves and Benno Perelmutter designed a road network plan in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the administration of the city of Santos, which represented the starting point of the Urban Plan.

Atibaia (or Estância de Atibaia) is a Brazilian city located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The name is derived from an indigenous language called Tupi, and means "healthy water river". Its name has changed over time, from the primitive Tupi word Tybaia, to Thibaia, Atubaia, Thibaya, and finally the city's modern name, Atibaia.
Its strawberry crops are well known. These crops are cultivated mainly by Japanese descendants, since the city was a common Japanese immigrant center.
Atibaia is located 64 km north-east of São Paulo and 88 km south-east of Campinas two major urban centres in the region.
Atibaia, general view from Pedra Grande
The city is located on a strategic highway crossing: the junction of Rodovia D. Pedro I and Rodovia Fernão Dias, having direct access to important cities, such as São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Campinas and Jacareí.
Atibaia has 491 square kilometers of area, 40% of this area is urbanized. The average altitude is 800 meters.
Atibaia is known as the city with the second best climate quality in the world after Lausanne, Switzerland.