IntroductionThe main sights of mountainous Itatiaia National Park—Brazil's first—include rock formations created by erosion (such as the Prateleiras, or "shelves," made up of giant rock slabs). The park encompasses waterfalls, alpine meadows and lowland jungle. Wildlife includes monkeys, sloths and more than 400 species of birds. The charming mountain towns of Itatiaia and Penedo, which was founded by Finnish immigrants in the 1920s, make practical bases for exploring. The park is 90 mi/145 km northwest of Rio de Janeiro. http://www.crescentefertil.org.br/parquenacional/index1.htm.
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