Nowhere near as charming nor as imperial as Petrópolis, Teresópolis is a bustling, modern, upscale alpine resort nestled in the Serra dos Órgãos mountain range. The town’s name pays homage to Empress Teresa Cristina, wife of Dom Pedro II, who was taken by the area’s magnificent mountain scenery and refreshing climate.
Getting to Teresópolis
To reach Teresópolis directly from Rio by car (1.5 hour trip), take the BR-040 and the BR-116. The driving time by car between Petrópolis and Teresópolis is about 45 minutes.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition