Sao Pedro da Aldeia (SPdA), Lagoa Ararauama, and Hejo’s Restaurant

I stayed in Sao Pedro de Aldeia for the first part of my trip.  In this blog post, I will discuss  getting to am from Sao Pedro da Aldeia, some of the things I did there, and a little about two of the restaurants I visited.

Sao Pedro da Aldeia, RJ, Brasil

SPdA is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Rio de Janeiro (RJ).  It takes about two hours by car, or two and one half by bus.  It lies in the east of Rio de Janeiro State on the Araruama Lake, 120 km from the state capital, Rio de Janeiro. The Araruama lagoon is the largest hypersaline lagoon in the world. Sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing and others like these are common because of the wind force in São Pedro da Aldeia.

São Pedro da Aldeia was founded in 1660 by Catholic priests on the top of a hill named after Saint Peter, in honor of whom the city was named. A chapel was built that was later replaced by an architecturally significant church. Nowadays it is the main historical monument in the town and is protected by state laws. Some colonial buildings and landmarks remain today, such as the cemetery beside the church, where the family graves of the founders of the town remain. In the 1960s the Brazilian Air Force and Navy built a military airport there, bringing many migrants from others parts of the country and increasing the town’s population.

While in SPdA, I stayed in the condo belonging to my friend Ricardo.  Ricardo was graduate student that lived in my home for the 1979 – 1980 school year attending UCSB in Goleta, CA.

Below are some maps showing the location of SPdA and the location of where I stayed.

Sao Pedro da Aldeia is less than 100 miles (160 Kilometers) from Rio de Janeiro.  Ricardo and I took the bus from downtown Rio to the Rodoviária (bus station in Portuguese).  The ride was a little over 2 hours.
Sao Pedro da Aldeia is less than 100 miles (160 Kilometers) from Rio de Janeiro. Ricardo and I took the bus from downtown Rio to the Rodoviária (bus station in Portuguese). The ride was a little over 2 hours.
Sao Pedro de Aldeia is located on a peninsula on the north side of Lagoa de Araruama.  It is not really a lake, but is salt water with a connection to the Atlantic Ocean at Cabo Frio (Cape Cold in English).
Sao Pedro de Aldeia is located on a peninsula on the north side of Lagoa de Araruama. It is not really a lake, but is salt water with a connection to the Atlantic Ocean at Cabo Frio (Cape Cold in English).
Ricardo's condo, where I stayed in San Pedro da Aldeia, is about half way down the peninsula.
Ricardo’s condo, where I stayed in San Pedro da Aldeia, is about half way down the peninsula.
Ricardo's condo has a view  of Lagoa de Araruama to the east and the southeast off his balcony.
Ricardo’s condo has a view of Lagoa de Araruama to the east and the southeast off his balcony.

 Ricardo’s Great Condo

 Ricardo’s condo is a really nice 3 bedroom / 2 bath condo view a view out the front of Lagoa de Araruama.  Below are some condo photos.  The price of this condo compared to one in the USA with similar features was a really great buy.

This is Ricardo's condo.  It sits just across the street with a great view of Lagoa de Arauama.
This is Ricardo’s condo. It sits just across the street with a great view of Lagoa de Arauama.  I had the room of the top right.  So every morning I awoke to the sun coming up in the east.  
The view to the southwest from Ricardo's balcony.
The view to the southeast from Ricardo’s balcony.
Lagoa de Araruama looking out the front windon of Ricardo's condo.  This view is to the East.
Lagoa de Araruama from Ricardo’s condo. This view is to the East.

Hejo’s Restaurant on Rua Monsenhor Arruda Câmara, San Pedro da Aldeia, RJ, Brazil

Ricardo and I walked to Hejo’s for dinner on Sunday.  It is a small family owned restaurant sitting across a lightly traveled street from Lagoa de Araruama.  They server fresh fish, shrimp, and steads.  They also have a bar.  Ricardo and I split a filet minion dinner.  Ricardo also had a beer, and I had a Caipirinha (What else would you expect in Brazil?).  The food was great, and I hope to revisit Hejo’s again.

We walked the Hejo's for dinner.
We walked the Hejo’s for dinner.  It was about a 15 minute walk from Ricardo’s condo.
Hejo's sits across the street from Lagoa de Araruma, and the operate a bar on the beach on the weekends.  You can also eat on the beach.
Hejo’s sits across the street from Lagoa de Araruma.  They operate a bar on the beach on the weekends. You can also eat on the beach.
Hejo's specials of the day
Hejo’s specials of the day

Hejo’s specials of the day in English from top to bottom are:

  • Fried anchovies and rice
  • A cut of fish with a shrimp sauce
  • Fish prepared french style
  • Pastiels
  • Fish fried with eggs and flour
  •  and Much More
It was great having dinner with Ricardo, and just catching up on things.
It was great having dinner with Ricardo, and just catching up on things.  Our dinner with drinks was about R$60 (about $25 US).
A couple having dinner at Hejo's on the beach at Lagoa de Araruama in Sao Pedro da Aldeia.
A couple having dinner at Hejo’s on the beach at Lagoa de Araruama in Sao Pedro da Aldeia.
Kayakers at sunset on Lagoa de Araruman in Sao Pefro da Aldeia
Kayakers at sunset on Lagoa de Araruman in Sao Pefro da Aldeia in front of Hejo’s Restaurant

So ends my first day in Brasil.  Less then 24 hours before, I was still in the United States.

The sunset at Hejo's as Ricardo and I were finishing dinner.
The sunset at Hejo’s as Ricardo and I were finishing dinner.
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