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Tourist Info

by Alless

Visitor Information--Petrotur has a number of offices around town. The main office is at Av. Koeler 245 Centro, Petrópolis. (tel. 024/2243-3561; www.petrotur.gov.rj.br). Kiosks are located at Rua do Imperador (by the Obelisk) and Casa do Barão de Mauá, both open Monday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Ask for the English version of the excellent "Petrópolis Imperial Sightseeing" brochure. It comes with a map, visitor information, and opening hours of each of the attractions.
If you have a question while you are out and about in Petrópolis, call the tourism information line--call from any phone booth, without a phone card at no charge--(tel. 0800/241-516); the line is open Monday through Tuesday from 9am to 6:30pm, Wednesday through Saturday from 9am to 8pm, Sunday and holidays from 9am to 4pm.

The Banco do Brasil branch is located on the Rua do Imperador 940 (corner of Rua Alencar Lima).

If you visited as a day trip from Rio...

by Andreas_Fran

The journey begins by driving through the outskirts of Rio. After this the road twists and winds its way up through the lush, verdant forest known as the Serra de Orgoas. The scenery is dramatic with one side of the highway dropping away steeply. Try to sit on the left hand side of the bus on the way up as this will afford the best view.
I am sure at one stage this tropical rainforest covered most of the hills all around including Rio itself.
There are many museums and residences of the Royal family that you can visit in the town including the Cathedral and the Imperial museum. It gives a glimpse into life during the the 19th century, well life of the rich of course.

Fun to enjoy, but less in a rainy day.

by Bert_Pearson

Not far from the Cathedral on Rua Alfredo Pachà, is the Palacio de Cristal, built in 1879. It is an imitation of the Crystal Palace in London. It was given to the Emperor's daughter Isabel.
It is used for art exhibitions. I enjoyed ma visit a lot. But unfortunately it was raining that day. It rains often there, as I gathered cause they suffered quite a few landslide that caused many casualties every now and then.

A day in King's life

by Andreas_Fran

What we were realy enjoyed was the change in climate. The air up here was really crisp and without the humidity of Rio. Plus it made a nice change to the beach life of Cobacabana!
The best idea is to obtain a walking map and wander around using that. It points out the main sights (11 in total) within the town and you can pay to enter if they grab your fancy.

Bem-vindo Ano 2002

by b1bob

Midnight came and the T.V. broke to coverage of festivities in the Brazilian cities of Florianópolis, São Paulo, Salvador, Brasilia, and Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. I know one thing, I was happier in the comfort of that den with everyone gathered around the T.V. than I would have been in all that hoo-hah at Copacabana. Marcela's little poodle puppy named Toby is afraid of fireworks, so we brought him in the din with us. Not two seconds later, that dog started gnawing at other people. I took off my shoes and socks, figuring if he wanted to gnaw on something, I'd give him something BIG. Then Alexandre says in English with a Brazilian accent, "The dog will faint." I cracked up laughing. I don't know if it was from picturing the dog fainting or the fact that I hadn't heard the word "faint" used as a verb in a long time. If the dog fainted from the odour of my feet, maybe it would teach him not to use people's body parts as a chew toy. Fireworks went off spot on at midnight in the neighbourhood and in the hills above Petrópolis for a good hour and a half.

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