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Petropolis

Country
Brazil
State
Rio de Janeiro
City
Petropolis
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Petrópolis, once the summer residence of the Emperor and now of the President, lies half way between Teresópolis (60km/37mi) and Rio de Janeiro (66km/41mi). It is one of the most agreeable resorts in the Rio de Janeiro highlands, with
average temperatures of around 17°C/63°F, numerous parks and excellent hotels. Within easy reach of the town are such mighty peaks as the Pico do Meu Castelo (1400m/4595ft) and the Pico do Aáu (2232m/7323ft). Part of the area lies within the Serra dos Orgãos National Park.
 



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How to Reach

By Air

As well as the international airport, Rio de Janiero is well served by a complex Brazilian bus network that links Rio with literally hundreds of destinations throughout Brazil and beyond. In general, Rio de Janiero is one of the most accessible cities in Latin America.

By Road

Rio's public transport system is cheap and effective. Buses are the most popular form of transport as there are lines connecting the entire city, but keep an eye out for pickpockets. Taxis are easily available and the subway system, although small, is safe and reliable. Driving around the city in a rental car is notoriously difficult so it is preferable to hire a car and driver.

Key places to visit
Imperial Museum, Crystal Palace, Palácio Rio Negro, House of Santos Dumont


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Places to Visit

Imperial Museum

Farther south-east along the same street is the Bosque do Imperador, with the neo-classical Palácio Imperial, now occupied by the Imperial Museum (Museu Imperial). Among the exhibits are Dom Pedro II's crown and scepter, the crown jewels, works of art and various objects which belonged to the imperial family, and 19th century documents and furniture. The Palácio Grão-Pará (1860) adjoining the Museum is occupied by descendants of Dom Pedro II.

Crystal Palace

Rua da Imperatriz and Rua 13 de Maio lead to Praça da Confluància, in which is the Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), a structure imported from France and erected here by the Conde d'Eu for a flower show (1879-84). It is now used for exhibitions, concerts and the Festa do Colono Alemão (Festival of the German Settler).

Palácio Rio Negro

On Avenida Koeler, which links Praça Princesa Isabel with Praça Rui Barbosa, are the Palácio da Princesa Isabel (1853) and the Palácio Rio Negro (1880), once occupied by the state government of Rio de Janeiro.

House of Santos Dumont

In Rua do Encanto, to the west of Praça Rui Barbosa, is the house (popularly known as the Casa Encantada, "Enchanted House") of the aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont (1873-1932), with an observatory and observation terrace.

Right Time to Visit

March - August

Temperature

December - February -> 29(°C) - Summer
May - July -> 18(°C) - Spring


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