Petropolis

Petropolis
An appealing city sited some 64 km / 40 miles to the north of Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis is a much-visited summer holiday destination and a good place to visit if you need to cool down a little.
Petropolis can only be reached by road and regular buses link the city each day, lasting little more than an hour. The tourist attractions and sights of Petrópolis are very accessible on foot and the Imperial Museum (Museu Imperial) is a particular highlight for many, as is the Cathedral of St. Peter of Alcântara (Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcântara) and the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal). Rafting, hiking and mountain bike excursions are available here and take place in the neighbouring rainforest of Mata Atlantica.