Porto Alegre

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Porto Alegre which includes street scenes as well as a large group of people

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

Hotel Laghetto Viverone Moinhos
Hotel Laghetto Viverone Moinhos
3.5 out of 5
Rua Doutor Vale, 579, Porto Alegre, RS, 90560-010
The price is $66 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 18
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Porto Alegre. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (644 reviews)
Wonderful stay!
"This hotel is very nice, located in a beautiful area, in front of a park. Lots of nice restaurants walking distance plus cute stores. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly considering my level of Portuguese; they answered all my requests and the price is unbeatable for the high quality! Will ..."

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Hotel Laghetto Viverone Moinhos
Hilton Porto Alegre
Hilton Porto Alegre
4 out of 5
Rua Olavo Barreto Viana 18, Moinhos De Vento, Porto Alegre, RS, 90570-070
The price is $105 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 25
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Porto Alegre. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (492 reviews)
"Bem atendimento, um hotel bem proximo das restaurantes tambem."

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

Hilton Porto Alegre
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 $84 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
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 breakfast and the ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (814 reviews)
"Nice staff. Tour guide and driver Waldir too old to drive and too expensive. I would not recommend him. A private taxi or Uber would have been much cheaper, safe and as pleasant."

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2022

Hotel Deville Prime Porto Alegre
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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
The price is $27 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 reviews)
Ameii
"Eu amei...super confortavel, pratico, perto de tudo, moderno, volto sem dúvidas"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

Charlie Porto Alegre Praça 4
Eko Residence Hotel
Eko Residence Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. Desembargador André da Rocha, 131, Centro Histórico, Porto Alegre, RS, 90050-161
The price is $37 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (938 reviews)
"Nice staff great location!"

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Eko Residence Hotel
My Way
My Way
3 out of 5
Av. Loureiro da Silva 1660, Porto Alegre, RS, 90050-240
The price is $36 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Porto Alegre. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and 4 meeting rooms. Popular attractions Camara Tulio Piva Theater and Teatro ...
My Way
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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