In 1818, in an effort to build European relations and bring “civilization” to Brazil, exiled Portuguese King Dom João VI invited Swiss families to immigrate to Brazil. The mountain town of Nova Friburgo became Brazil’s first non-Portuguese colonial settlement. The first Swiss immigrants were primarily from the Canton of Fribourg in Switzerland, hence the town’s name. This settlement was just the beginning, many other European immigrants followed and they brought their food, farming expertise, and beer making skills with them. There are several day trip towns with Swiss and German roots in the mountains near Rio de Janeiro. If it wasn’t for the palm trees, you could almost convince yourself that you are in the Alpine foothills.
Just a sip
Smoked Trout and Spätzle
Another day trip from Rio – Aviation, Beer, and Royals – Daytripping in Petropolis, Brazil https://wanderlusting4life.com/2014/10/05/aviation-beer-and-royals-daytripping-in-petropolis-brazil/