Porto Alegre

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Porto Alegre
Years of progressive leadership and high levels of education have produced one of Brazil’s most dynamic cultural cities, a base for musicians, artists and actors.

The affluent Brazilian city of Porto Alegre is known for its charming mix of cultures and modern infrastructure. Straddling the banks of Lagoa dos Patos, the largest lagoon in Brazil, Porto Alegre is one of the country’s major transportation hubs. Its port is among the biggest in the nation. Strong academic facilities, forward-thinking leaders and a stable economic climate have helped shape its reputation as a center for the arts, culture and global business.

Begin your stay in the city by acquainting yourself with its many neighborhoods. Hop aboard the Linha Turismo scenic bus to see the city from the open-air top deck. The trip takes about 80 minutes and meanders past all the major sites in Porto Alegre. Snap a photo of the Santuáriu Mãe de Deus, a church known for its modern architecture. Learn about the original people of Porto Alegre as you pass the Monumento aos Açorianos.

Visit the city’s prominent cultural institutions to discover the creative works from locals. Explore the Fundação Iberê Camargo, the city’s key contemporary art gallery. Spend a half-day at MARGS (Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul), the local museum of art, before heading to the banks of the Rio Guaía in time for sunset. Here you’ll find the Usina do Gasômetro, a converted 1920s power plant that hosts theater and art events. Mingle with locals gathered on the grass outside to watch the sun go down.

Be aware that the city struggles with multiple types of crime. Take appropriate cautions, such as using the Lotação network of public vans or the Linha Turismo sightseeing buses as primary modes of transportation.

Plan for mild winter or hot, humid summer weather. Travel by bus, plane or boat to the nearby city of Guaiba and then rent a car or take the bus to Porto Alegre. You can also reach the city by flying into Salgado Filho International Airport, located about 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of downtown.

Where to stay in Porto Alegre

Master Cosmopolitan
Master Cosmopolitan
3 out of 5
Rua Felix da Cunha, 712, Floresta, Porto Alegre, RS, 90570-000
The price is $42 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Porto Alegre. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (577 reviews)
Ótimo hotel
"Excelente opção para ficar perto de bares e restaurantes. Voltarei com certeza."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Hotel Deville Prime Porto Alegre
Hotel Deville Prime Porto Alegre
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Dos Estados 1909, Porto Alegre, RS, 90200-001
The price is $80 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Porto Alegre. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (895 reviews)
"The frontdesk and restaurant staff were very warm and helpfull. They also spoke english, which I appreciated very much. Nice area, close to the airport and safe."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

Intercity Porto Alegre Cidade Baixa
Intercity Porto Alegre Cidade Baixa
4 out of 5
Av. Loureiro da Silva, 1960, Centro Historico, Porto Alegre, RS, 90050-240
The price is $44 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Porto Alegre. Enjoy free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (931 reviews)
"High enough standard for the price"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

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Charlie Porto Alegre Praça 4
Charlie Porto Alegre Praça 4
3 out of 5
R. José de Alencar 1068, Porto Alegre, RS, 90880-480
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Porto Alegre. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a TV. Popular attractions Memorial Herminio Bittencourt and Nilton Filho ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (14 reviews)
"O predio. no geral, eh bom, moderno, bem equipado e com tudo muito novo e funcional. O grande problema dessa propriedade eh o sistema de entrada e saida no predio. A localizacao dele nao eh em zona super segura. A portaria remota demora muito para abrir a primeira porta. Alias, demora sempre mais ..."

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Eko Residence Hotel
Eko Residence Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. Desembargador André da Rocha, 131, Centro Histórico, Porto Alegre, RS, 90050-161
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Porto Alegre. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
Porto Alegre Jem
"Amazing stay for family. Reserved the king suite. Which has two separate spaces and a small kitchen. Very large bathroom and comfortable bedding. Wonderful breakfast. Great walking distance to restaurants and attractions. Or very fair Uber ride. A little piece of history in a charming location."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Charlie Porto Alegre Mont'Serrat - Soft Opening
Charlie Porto Alegre Mont'Serrat - Soft Opening
3 out of 5
Rua Tenente Coronel Fabricio Pillar, 311, Mont'Serrat, Porto Alegre, RS, 90450-040
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Porto Alegre. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV, and digital TV. Popular attractions Moinhos de Vento Park and Moinhos Shopping Center ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Excellent, even in soft opening! All very automatic. In and out with no hassles. Codes to door and WiFi prior to arrival. All works well. Rooms impeccable. Nice area of Porto Alegre"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2022

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