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Sana: An Oasis in Northern Rio de Janeiro State

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Surrounded by over a thousand meter-high mountains in the North of Rio's State, the little village of Sana is the address where humans and nature are deeply connected to each other. Relatively unknown to foreign tourism, Sana is a must-go destination for those looking for a rustic getaway among trails, rivers and waterfalls.

According to the historical records, Sana was founded in 1820 by a community of Swiss settlers. At least nine families moved to the region, donated to them by Dom Pedro I, Brazil's emperor by . . .

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