Fodor's Expert Review Casa de Santos Dumont

Petropolis Historic Home

Known as "Encantado" or "enchanted," this diminutive cottage wouldn't look out of place in a fairy-tale wood. Santos Dumont, one of the world's first aviators, built the house in 1918 to a scale in keeping with his own tiny size. The eccentric genius's inventions fill the house, including a heated shower he developed before most homes even had running water. The home doesn't have a kitchen because Dumont ordered his food from a nearby hotel—the first documented restaurant delivery service in Brazil.

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Rua do Encantado 22
Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro  25685–081, Brazil


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Rate Includes: R$5, Closed Mon.

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