Rio de Janeiro Royal Palace (Paco Imperial)
Rio de Janeiro Royal Palace (Paco Imperial)

Rio de Janeiro Royal Palace (Paco Imperial)

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Praça Quinze de Novembro 48, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, 20010-010

The basics

The Rio de Janeiro Royal Palace is accessible to the public and can be explored independently in an hour or two. It’s a popular stop on many Rio de Janeiro walking tours, and guides often illuminate the site’s historical significance. Travelers with a keen interest in Brazilian royalty may consider taking a Portuguese royal family-themed tour, which includes a visit to the palace, among other regal-related destinations.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Rio de Janeiro Royal Palace is wheelchair-accessible.

  • At the palace's on-site cafe, Bistro de Paco, guests can enjoy a variety of drinks, cakes, and other treats.

  • Check the palace’s official website to see what events and special exhibits are scheduled.

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How to get there

The Rio de Janeiro Royal Palace is located in the heart of the city. There is no on-site parking, so public transportation or a taxi is recommended. Take the subway to Carioca station and walk along Rua Sao Jose towards the ferries at Praca XV, a short walk from the palace. Alternatively, take the ferry from Praca XV das Barcas station. Multiple bus lines also reach Primeiro de Marco Street.

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When to get there

The Rio de Janeiro Royal Palace welcomes visitors throughout the year, making it a great destination in any season. It’s typically open Tuesday to Saturday in the afternoon. As a lesser-known attraction, the palace is rarely crowded; however, to be safe, try to time your visit on a weekday when it opens.

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Experience living Afro-Brazilian history

While the Rio de Janeiro Royal Palace is where slavery was officially abolished, it says nothing of Afro-Brazilan heritage. If you want to delve deeper into the history and heritage of the city’s thriving African community, take a guided group tour of the Little Africa neighborhood. This vibrant district offers an immersive experience of captivating music, dance, art, and cuisine while uncovering the profound impact of African culture.

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