Visit the historiccity of Petrpolis, former home to Brazilian royalty and a current vacation spot to todays elite -just1 hour fromof Rio de Janeiro! Located just north of Rio, your ride to do Petrpolis covers a highway full of forests and waterfalls on the way to the picturesque city in the mountains.
Youll wander down streets lined with tropical trees, and horse drawn carriages and discover why so many people visit Petrpolis each year. Its unique architecture and refreshing mountain air make it a perfect day trip to escape from the busy and steamy Rio de Janeiro.
Yourtour begins with a visit to the Imperial Museum, once the summer residence of Emperor Don Pedro II, the final empire who ruledBrazil while it was a monarchy.There, youll learn about his familys opulent lifestyle and and see his gold crown, and the luxurious diamonds and pearl collections that belonged to them.
After the Imperial Museum, youll visit the historic Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcntara, a beautiful cathedral built in the neo-gothic style complete with pointed arches, vaulted ceilings and exquisite details. While there, youll visit the tombs where Emperor Don Pedro II, his wife Dona Teresa, and their daughter, Princess Isabel, are buried.
Youll also have some down time to visit the famous Rua Teresa, known for its designers and shopping. While in the town center, lined with 18th century street lamps, youll see local art studios, and understand why Rios cultural and intellectuals chose to go to Petrpolis to escape the sultry Rio summers.
Complete your day with a visit to theCrystal Palace. With architecture inspired by Crystal Palace in London, the building is made of metaland glassand was frequentlyused by Princess Isabel for parties. The Crystal Palace is also the location where Princess Isabel became one of the first people in Brazil to free her slaves, when she did it a few months before it became law.
Remember, your tour of Petrpolis is private, so you can customize it so focus on exactly what you want to see. Some of our guests prefer the educational and historic aspect of Petrpolis, while others want to spend more time visiting local creators and finding that perfect piece of Brazilian art to bring home. Its all up to you! Dont delay, book your Petrpolis experience today.