"Oh wow!! "  

Niterói, as any other place of Brazil, one day belonged to the Indians. The boss of the area was a Tupi chief called Araribóia. This chief decided that NHETEROIA would be a good name for such beautiful place where he lived. (NHETEROIA means sinuous bay).  

"Take a look in this view from the top of "Morro da Viração" (Hill of the Breeze)!! "  

But, according to the history books, (that are not always correct…) Araribóia decided to donate the lands, which I doubt a lot. He must have been forced by the Portuguese and as a good politician, he must have made himself a fool

"Look at this view of the Piratiniga Pond."  

But most of the names of the place has indigenous origins like Icaraí, Itaipu, Piratininga, Itacoatiara, Itaipuaçu, Jurujuba and others…  

"I think I will go to that beach!! "  

Therefore, the white man arrived and dominated that beautiful place of clear waters and raised a town called "Vila Real da Praia Grande" (Big Beach Royal Town).   

"There is an airport just for UFOs! "  

But the town grew, and people thought it could alredy be consedered a city. And that city would be called NICTHEROY. 

Since then, the place became a great city with all comforts and defects of a metropolis. 

"It was this local female dog "Baleia" that brought me to watch the look from here,Itacoatiara."  

Niterói, in spite of not having a tourist fame, is a very cool place for visiting, with many options of leisure in the daytime as at night. 

It is common for the people from Rio de Janeiro to go to "Nikiti" (nickname of Niterói) at night, because they know that the night there is good. (Although the inverse also happens). 

"Nothing is better than enjoying the view with the friends."  

The beaches on the oceanic side are the most beautiful and clean. With Itacoatiara standing out, a beach well frequented with a great look.  

"There is only pretty chicks in Itacoatiara."  

For who enjoy cultural options, the city offers, besides the theaters and frequent shows, museum with a flying saucer shape and very well conserved fortresses from the time of the colonization. 

"In Camboinhas people practice kite-surf... "  

"... and wind-surf inside of the pond."  

For who enjoys sports as surf, wind and kite-surf, hand-gliding, diving, skating... the city offers infrastructure and ideal conditions for all. 

And besides... it is full of beautiful woman. 

"A heavy night happens near the sidewalk."  


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1. In the winter, giant waves break at Itapuca Stone. Maybe it is the longest wave of the state, although it has no more than a meter. That wave is awesome, despite the crowd that stay even over the night surfing. (... it's kind of rare).  

2. The best beach is Itacoatiara. The rest is a bit crowded.  

3. The main nights are also at Itacoatiara and Itaipú. It usually begins in Saco de São Francisco, in a place called Rua das Pedras. There is a lot of other options at night in the whole city. 

4. People practice windsurf and kitesurf in Camboinhas. 

5. In the City Park there is a hand-glide track with a great view. 

6.  Itacoatiara has very good trails that to cool places like the Stone of the Elephant. Don't miss it. 

7. Don't even think about sea bathing in the beaches beside the Guanabara Bay. It is very dirty. 

8. Dive at "Pai" and "Mãe" (Father and Mother) islands. They are in front of Camboinhas and Itaipu. The water there is clear and clean. 

9. There is a little beach called "Praia do Sossego" (Beach of the Peace), between Camboinhas and Piratininga, that it is very good.  

10 . "Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) the view is beautiful and the Museum (projected in a flying saucer shape by Oscar Niemeyer) itself is worth the visit." tip from Dimitri  

11. "Itacoatiara is a great place for escalades. The entrance for most of them is by Tiririca Mountains (beside the Club of the Architects and Engeneers). The ascent there is ok. You will get to a plateau where you can choose among going up Costao (right) to go down to the Banana plantation (to proceed straight on a trail that goes down) or to go up Mourao - the famous Stone of the Elephant (left), having a  good escalade to the Stone of  the Telegraph and "Agulhinha" (Needle).  At the Banana plantation there are paths and bolders for the practice of the rappel.  You can follow the trail of Mourao, that is steeper and it's advisable to go with somebody who has already gone, because some parts of the trail can confuse you.   "tip from Hugo.

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