Welcome to the charming municipality of São Pedro da Aldeia, located in the east of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. This hidden gem is home to the largest hypersaline lagoon in the world, the Araruama Lagoon, making it a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts, especially windsurfers and kitesurfers. The town has a population of 106,049 (2020) and covers an area of 340 km2.

São Pedro da Aldeia has a rich history dating back to 1660 when it was founded by Catholic priests on top of a hill named after Saint Peter. The town was named in honor of the saint, and a chapel was built that later gave way to an architecturally significant church, which is now the main historical monument in town and is protected by state laws. Some colonial buildings and landmarks still exist, such as the cemetery beside the church, where the family graves of the town’s founders remain. In the 1960s, the Brazilian Air Force and Navy built a military airport in the town, leading to an influx of migrants from other parts of the country and an increase in the town’s population.

São Pedro da Aldeia’s economy is based mainly on salt extraction and fishing, two of the town’s most important industries. The town has a laid-back atmosphere, making it the perfect place for tourists who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Whether you’re interested in exploring the town’s history, relaxing on the beach, or trying your hand at windsurfing or kitesurfing, São Pedro da Aldeia has something to offer everyone. Come visit this charming town and discover why it should be on every traveler’s bucket list!

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