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Petropolis is a charming mountain resort to the west of Rio. The scenic drive takes you through the Organ Mountains to this favorite retreat of Dom Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil in the late 17th century. Located at about 3,000 feet above sea level, it took the Emperor two days to transfer his entire court via mule-train to this palace, where he would retreat during the summer months to escape the heat of Rio, but you will make it in two hours, and in even less time on the return. Visit the Cathedral, Goat Square and the Imperial Palace, now a museum, where the crown jewels are on display.