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What to do out of Rio de Janeiro
Trips by car / bus out of Rio De Janeiro:
|Petropolis - about 70 Km from Rio, is the main winter
tourist destination of the local residence. It was Brazil's summer capital during the reign of Dom
Pedro II from 1847 until 1930 for the
leading politicians, the diplomatic corps and wealthy families.
The city contains magnificent buildings, an inheritance of its Royal
and Republican past . IMPERIAL PALACE - Was turned into a museum
and features furniture that was part of the castle and everything related to Brazilian Imperial period.
There are few nice museums, fine food and nice shops. (Recommended
- one day tour from Rio) See also
A walk from
Teresopolis to Petropolis
|About 260 KM from Rio, 300 KM to Sao Paulo, 100 Km from
Angra dos Reis. Parati established in the first half of the 16th century.
been preserved as an example of Brazilian colonial architecture.
During the colonial period
the city became the second most important
port in the country, where the gold from the interior was embarked
for Portugal. Constructed by Stone Masons in a square shape, Paraty
has been called "a city inside a square". The symbol of the Masons
is a compass inside a square and this theme can be noted on many
of the door knockers of the older houses. As the city is at sea
level, at high tides some streets are flooded and almost become
canals like Venice. Nearby the city: 65 islands, 300 beaches, dozens
of waterfalls as well as trails in the Atlantic Rain Forest in the
"Serra da Bocaina" National Park. (Recommended stay: 2 days)
This is acommercial city, 20 KM from Rio - with a 13 Km long
bridge connecting the cities.
Niterói Contemporary Art Museum
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer , this Museum houses a
collection of contemporary Brazilian art. Its surrounding verandah
offers views of Niterói, Sugar Loaf, Pedra da Gávea and Corcovado
across the Guanabara Bay. (Half day tour)
Fortaleza de Santa Cruz - Niteroi
|First Fortress built around Guanabara Bay (1555) in the top
of a Rock. It preserves cannons from the XVIII century. The view
is splendid. There are guided visits from 9:00 to 16:00 hours (in
Portuguese only, price 3R$). Closed on Mondays.
Armacao de Buzios
|About 180KM from Rio (2-3 hours drive), Buzios is a charming
town with beautiful beaches, hills and tourist facilities. The downtown
area, including the main street Rua das Pedras has many small shops,
restaurants, bars and night clubs. How to get there: It is
recommended to rent a car and tour the area of Buzios.
During day time there are Busses every 2 hours between Rio and Buzios.
Bus company name: 1001 (mil e um) Tickets can be purchased
in advance in Copacabana at Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana
581 or at the Central bus station (Rodoviaria Novo Rio). Price:
about R$ 30.00 one way.
(Recommended stay: 2-3 days)
island of Angra dos Reis bay. See Island map
sand beaches surrounded by Atlantic forest. The best beaches are:
LOPES MENDES, JAPARIZ, FREGESIA DE SANTANA. LAGOA AZUL
and SACO DE CEU.
Most tourists stay at Vila do Abraao beach, where most of the guest
houses, restaurants and gift shops are located.
For the ones
looking for more isolated places to stay, it is better to find a
guest-house in the Bananal Beach.
do Lobo - Phone 24-3361 4438 - Luxurious
Sankay - Tel/Fax: 021 24 3365 1090 / 4065 - Luxurious
Nautilus - Praia da Jaconema - Matariz - Recommended for
diving and sightseeing.
Tel.: (24) 3377-6819 (11) 5058-1669
(Recommended stay: 2-3 days)
Itatiaia National Park
Situated on the
South-East of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The majority of the park
is in the state of
Rio de Janeiro, and the rest in the state of Minas Gerais.
Itatiaia was the
created in June 1913.
The lower part
of the park may be reached by Car/Bus. In order to visit the upper
part – it is advised to get a guide. Some companies (see link below)
offer guided tours including transportation.
(as of 1987) about 30,000 ha (300 square Kilometers)
160 KM from Rio de Janeiro, 250 KM from Sao Paulo
Latitude 22º19' to 22º45' S, Longitude 44º45' to 44º50' W,.
the Rio – Sao Paulo highway (Via Dutra - BR-116) – direction
continue on BR-354 and follow the signs to the park.
700 to 2,787 Meters
Annual average - 15°C to 28°C, Minimum 0°C, Maximum 38°C
Best time to visit:
June to February
Entrance (as of
08:00 – 17:00, 3R$/person. Parking: Lower part: 5R$, Upper part: free.
of the Park: (024) 3352-1461 / 1652 Itatiaia city tourist
info: (024) 3352-1660
ECORALPH Tel: (024) 3351 1823,
Hildebrando Tel (024)3355 1447 (024) 9264 8279
About 100 Km from Rio de Janeiro and 50 Km from Petrópolis,
in the Rio de Janeiro state highlands.
A perfect place for those who like nature. From here you
visit the national park of Serra dos Órgaos (the Organ Hills).
park has 110 km² and it has peaks higher than 2 Km.
A walk from
Teresopolis to Petropolis through the park is one of the
best (and hard) treks in Brazil, with 42 KM done in 3 days . On
the way there are locations to sleep at night. Make sure you
bring with you all the necessary equipment
city is in a mountain area, 70 KM from Teresopolis, 200 KM from
Rio ( 2-3 hours by bus).
Established in 1820 by Swiss immigrants from the Fribourg Canton, and in 1824
joined by German immigrants. he area has a peculiar charm. From
the cable car station in the centre of town, climb the Morro da
Cruz for a great views over the surroundings. The area is also great
for hiking, with trails to the Pedra do Cao Sentado and the Furnas
do Catete rock formations. Lumiar, another popular mountain resort,
is nearby with fine restaurants and white water rafting.