Thursday, July 15, 2010

Heading to the country, Rio de Janeiro style

I'm a lucky girl.  My Brazilian in-laws live in a county house (or Siteo in Portuguese) in Cachoeira de Macacu.

What this means is that we can get out of the city, at a moments notice, and go to a beautiful house in the country. And I mean country. Their house is actually 20 or so minutes outside the little town of Cachoeiras, up a bumpy and difficult dirt road.

I know what some of you are thinking. You aren't country.  Everyone is this country.  You get to stay at a beautiful spot in the middle of nature. You won't see anyone else unless you want to. There aren't any houses nearby.  You can trek to 3 different waterfalls and, in the winter, one of the paths to one of the waterfalls is full of butterflies. I mean freakishly full, I'm in a super corny movie amount of butterflies. I've never seen anything like it.

The best part is, the house has all the modern amenities.  There's a full bath that even I can fit very comfortably in.  They have internet and satellite cable.  There's a pool with attached kiddie pool and shower.  Not to mention, the game room right next to the pool with bar and pool table.

And I'm not even going to talk about my Mother-in-law's cooking. I'm already bragging too much as it is and if you knew how well she cooks, it'd just push you over the edge.

Moral of the story, Rio de Janeiro does have amazing beaches.  You can't argue with that. But it also has an amazing countryside. If you are not fortunate enough to be able to mooch off your husband's or wife's family, you can easily find a cute pousada.  In case you don't know what a pousada is, it's kind of like a combo of a 3 star hotel and a bed and breakfast.  I love pousadas! They are quaint, easy, and always have hammocks.

So come Saturday morning, I'll be wishing Rio a good weekend and heading out!  Woo Hoo!


  1. Oh, take me! I'm coming over, please take me!

  2. Thais, are you in Rio? Come!

  3. Luiz has long said -- we do not have to be rich - but it helps to have rich friends.

    I know the area -- good for you! Have fun!

  4. Rich friends are way better, visiting is a lot less work than maintaining a house, you only get the good side.
    Rach, I'd be there sat morning, I's love to go, but Marcus has an exam on sunday morning. Maybe the other weekend? But you'd have to take me, my belly and my kid only, my husband will be back home by then. Would that break Daniel's heart too much?

  5. Not at all! The only issue is that you guys won't fit in our car. Can you get a car? Or do you want to bus it to Macacu and we can have Renio pick you up? Of course I should mention this to Daniel and his parents but they're Brazilian. Got to love the "the more the merrier" attitude down here!