The only Imperial city in South America
Come to visit the city that the Portuguese Royal Family took as your second house 200 years ago and left behind it a beautiful history.
Petrópolis is a city in Rio de Janeiro state. It is also known as The Imperial City of Brazil.
Nestled among the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, in the valley of the Quitandinha and Piabanha rivers, Petrópolis is a popular summer holiday spot. Besides the climate and surroundings, the main attraction is the former Summer Palace of the Brazilian Emperors, which is now a museum, specializing in Imperial history and memorabilia.
In the 1830s, the area of modern day Petrópolis was little more than farmland. When Emperor Dom Pedro I went through there on his way to Minas Gerais, he was struck by the scenery and decided to buy some land. Dom Pedro I returned to Portugal soon after and the land was passed to his son, Dom Pedro II who built a summer retreat. Soon a palace was built along with mansions and a cathedral, giving its nickname, "The Imperial City".
1hr ride to Petropolis, Visit to Imperial museum (the house of the royal family in Brasil), Cristal palace, Santos dumont's house (the father of aviation), São Pedro de Alcantara Cathedral and Quitandinha Palace (the hotel casino wich was built to be the biggest one in South America)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: pick up wherever you are located in the city limits of the city.
End location: Drop off where ever you want inside the city limits of Rio.
Duration: 7 hours
Trafic may affect the duration of the tour but does not affect the price.
4 doors car (Renault Logan 2015)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
120 R$ Reais - food and fees atractions
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Daniel was an excellent guide. His English was good and we all enjoyed his company. As well as showing us everything on the list, he also found us a supermarket. His driving was safe, I never felt uneasy and his explanations were good. If we needed more information, he was able to give it to us. I highly recommend him.