What to do Rio de Janeiro - Day trips
Rio de Janeiro, seen from a Niteroi beach.
At the left, Niemeyer's 'flying saucer' MAC
|Just across the
Guanabara Bay, facing Rio de Janeiro,
Niteroi is a popular commuter city for people working in Rio de Janeiro. In the weekends however, a flock of Cariocas make day trips to Niteroi’s lovely Atlantic beaches, like Itaipu and Itacoatiara (another 18 km/ 11 miles from the ferry terminal in Niteroi).
The artificial showpiece of Niteroi is the contemporary art museum MAC (Museu do Arte Contemporânea). It is housed in what looks a bit like a flying saucer, another brainchild of Brazilian master architect Oscar Niemeyer. Besides the art collection, the views of the bay are stunning (especially at dusk when Rio de Janeiro is turning on the lights).
Both seeing Rio de Janeiro from the ferry or seeing the Guanabara Bay from the 13 km/ 8 miles Presidente Costa e Silva bridge is rewarding; consider for return trips from Niteroi the use of a different means of transport.
Even while having the privilege of ruling from the most beautiful city in the world, being an emperor you must have a summer retreat of course... Welcome to
Petropolis, the place where the Brazilian royal family established theirs in the 19th century.
Today Petropolis makes a good day trip and is still a popular weekend mountain getaway for Cariocas, thanks to the beautiful surroundings and mild climate at 1000 m / 3200 ft high altitude.
Petropolis has many attractions, like colourful mansions, monuments, bridges and shady squares. And of course: the royal palace (Palácio Imperial).
The Royal Palace, Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro
Hiking in National Park Serra dos Orgãos
Teresopolisis a lovely mountain town in Rio de Janeiro state, with a famous huge weekend market (so plan a day trip in this part of the week).
Furthermore, it is the gateway to the
National Park Serra dos Orgãos(Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgãos) where there are several hiking trips and mountaineering options.
The road between Petropolis and Teresopolis is stunning, let alone the road eastward from Teresopolis to Novo Friburgo (locally known as the ‘Circuito Turistico Tere-Fri’).