Pousada Quinta dos Passaros
Rua Dos Beija Flores 1700, Itaipava, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, 25725-580, Brazil
More about Petrópolis
Post Office building!!
they work hard. too...
Petropolis to Soa Joao del Rei
Is it possible to get to SJ del Rei from Petropolis by bus without going back to Rio?
Many thanks for your help
Re: Petropolis to Soa Joao del Rei
yes, I think so but perhaps there aren't direct buses and you'll have to change in Juiz de Fora , take a look in my Brasil transportation tips, there are some interesting bus links there you'll find more information
RE: Petropolis to Soa Joao del Rei
I did this in 1998. I think I changed buses in Barbacena. Of course schedules could have changed by now, but you will be able to do it even if you change at another town.
Travel Tips for Petrópolis
Map of Petropolis
I found this map of Petropolis online which should be useful for you to plan your trip. Note that the Bus Station (Rodovlarla) is in the bottom right of the map. This is where I picked up my tourist map from but I suppose you should be able to do the same at of the tourist information places in the city. Click on the link below for a large version of the map:
Beautiful Historical City
Urbanistic Desing! Petrópolis is a city that manages to let you know even in the streets their imperial past and their culture, and yet be modern. That's why I am very fond of this ville.
The representations of eagles and dragons (symbols of Peter the II's two royal houses, Portugal's Bragança dinasty and Austria's Habsburg dynasty), are present in most palaces and ancient furniture. Moreover, in some of the stoned streets you can find the P, the initial letter of the name of its mentor Emperor.
Beyond history, the city is also remarkable urbanistically speaking: the mountain surroundings, the stoned streets and the channels made me doubt sometimes if I was in Germany, Switzerland or Portugal instead of Brazil. It had an explanation... after its foundation in 1843, the first habitants of Petrópolis were German, Italian and Portuguese immigrants. Immigration was important in Petrópolis life, especially for shaping its traditions.
Internet Cafe in Petropolis
If you would like to get to an Internet Cafe in Petroplis there is a shop named "CompuLand" which offers Internet acess in high quality.
The location must be at Praca. Dr. Sa. Earp Filho:
As well you can look for Cyber Cafes in shopping Centers, usually they
have some computerswith internet acess there too.
Way up in the hills
Since Petrópolis has so much to offer tourists from everywhere (Dom Pedro's palace, cathedrals, historical markers, a vibrant shopping district, and numerous great restaurants), I often wonder why, like Richmond, it is often overlooked. When I was there in December, 2001, I was the only American to be found and, by the way folks there acted around me, I was the first one they noticed there in quite awhile. The reason for this is that Petrópolis is way up in the hills about 40 miles (66 km.) from Copacabana or Ipanema, a world away both in terms of style and sometimes climate. The fact that it's off the beaten path for the beachgoing visitor is bad in a cultural sense, but good that it allows the city to keep the natural beauty which would be lost to some extent if it were overrun with tourists.
They did sure enough put on the dog in Petrópolis to decorate the town for Christmas, 2001. There were many more lights here than I would later find in Buenos Aires with some 20 times the population. To tell the truth, there were more Christmas lights strung in public on the streets of South Hill, Virginia the following 2 January than there were on the streets of Buenos Aires (although it was well-decorated inside the malls). They even strung lights on the bridges and alongside the canal downtown. The lights were so bright, I was concerned an airplane might mistake the canal for a runway.
I had to risk life and limb to get this photo taken because the folks down there take traffic lights as a suggestion. Sorry for the poor quality in the included photo, but you can't expect miracles at dusk with Alexandre taking the photo with my Kodak Advantix camera.
Popular Hotels in Petrópolis
Pousada Atelier Molinaro
Rua Dr. Hermogenio Silva, 606, Bairro Retiro, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, 25715-060, Brazil
Rua Dr. Edmundo Kemp, 79, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil