How to get to Visconde de Maua: Car or bus. Access the Presidente Dutra Highway, between the municipalities of Itatiaia and Resende, exit 311 Penedo / Viscount of Maua in Rio de Janeiro state. After leaving the Via Dutra, follow signs Viscount of Maua. After 26km of paved road you will reach the village of Viscount Maua. For the rest of your trip/ other areas of the region: Arriving in Maua, after passing in front of the church, go left following the signs Maringá and access the next exit right after the bridge. FYI most of the roads are unpaved, dirt, mud, rocks etc, if you can best way to travel is in a truck (definitely had a few scares of literally rolling down the mountains), something you want to avoid.
Where to stay
Full list of pousadas HERE
Cachoeiras do Alcantilado: Leaving the Village of Viscount Maua, after the only petrol station in the area between the first right. Cross the bridge Gavea, turn right again. After 1 km you will find the viewpoint of Alcantilado. Over 2 km to your left is the road that leads to waterfalls. Proceed over the bridge and drive 500m, the entrance gate of the farm will be on your left. Read more HERE
Rapids of Alcantilado: A theme park with sports for children and adults. Situated in the valley of the Rio Alcantilado, below the falls of Alcantilado, includes zipline, tubing, adventure park and the Museum Two Wheels.
Vale da Santa Clara: Between the villages of Maromba and Maringa just across the bridge proveitar.
Cachoeira da Santa Clara: The waterfall of Santa Clara is one of the tallest waterfalls in the region of known and Viscount of Maua, there is a natural pool at the bottom and it is great for rappelling. It has easy access for those on Maromba, or in the valley of Santa Clara, this gives points to go take a walk, for those who are in Maringá is better to go by car (5 km.) a 40-minute walk north of Maringá on the Ribeirão Santa Clara. FYI the roads are terrible so you want a something with 4wheel drive!
Toca da Raposa: Park the car and take a short 5 min walk, cross a bridge and you are there! Borboleta is a few meters from da Toca da Raposa .
Cachoeira da Prata: In the village of Mirantão, followed by the Silver Valley Road, (4 km) are the waterfalls of Silver. In the middle of the forest and it provides a panoramic view of the landscape. Behind the veil of one of the falls is a cave that Puris Indians, the first inhabitants of the region, used as a refuge.
Cachoeira da Fumaça: From the town of Maua, follow the road to Campo Alegre. They are about 30 km of beautiful landscapes, always bordering the Black River. The Smokey Falls is 200 feet waterfall. A little further on is the village of Smoke, a hamlet extremamento quiet and cozy.
Poço do Marimbondo: In Valley Peacock, take a drive up to where the road permits and go from there on foot, on a steep trail down to the waterfall. Hidden in the woods, a pool is formed by nature. The depth is great and the greenish color of the water for a long time, gave the name of the waterfall Poço das Esmeraldas.
Full details on the various waterfalls in Santa Clara Valley + How to get there: HERE
Pizzaria Zorba e Buda: Best chef in the region, road side of Maromba between Maringa and Maromba, try the spicy mango chutney pizza
Babel: Rated one of the best restaurants in Visconde de Maua, make a reservation so you don’t miss out!
Restaurant le Petit: Located in the village of Maringa next to Minas Gerais across from the pedestrian bridge. This restaurant has amazing soup, it is very cozy with a fire place in the middle
Rosmarious: on road between villages of Maromba Maringa and Maua (Estrada Mauá-Maringá km 4) Read more HERE
Terra da Luz: In the village of Maringa part of Minas Gerais. This restaurant has a beautiful garden, wine cellar for tastings, delicious fondues and musical performances on the weekends. Saturdays require advanced booking
Terras Altas: Has an underground wine celler for tastings
Richard Burger: One of the few places that is open late, in village of Maringa Maromba
Restaurant do Escorrega: Located next to the waterfall, eat outside on the patio and enjoy live music after you slide down the waterfalls
Zanzibar: In the village of Maringa, go for live music and local dishes
Restaurant Biroska: As you can guess from the name this German restaurant next to the Escorrega waterfalls serves up pasta and fondues
Warabi:A Japanese restaurant on main road between Maringa and Pousada Maromba
Fazenda do mel: Estrada Visconde de Mauá Rio Preto, km 5
HAVE A GREAT TRIP!!