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.
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Take a break from Porto Alegre’s bustling streets with a visit to a small, attractive park where you can play sports, see a reminder of the city’s past and go wildlife spotting.
Shop for clothes, specialty foods and unique items at a downtown marketplace that has been serving customers since the second half of the 19th century.
A free museum inside a striking-looking neoclassical building is dedicated to 20th-century and contemporary South American art.
Visit: O Reino do Chocolate - Caracol Chocolates, Avenida das Hortensias 5382 Estrada Gramado-Canela, Gramado, State of Rio Grande do Sul 95670-000 Brazil 692/5000Here we have the Kingdom of Chocolate themed space, where there is the mini factory, designed to demonstrate some of the productive processes of Caracol Chocolates.
Enjoy a spectacular visit to the historic downtown of Porto Alegre. This half-day tour lets you get to know the storied past and enduring landmarks of one of Brazil's largest cities, an environment surrounded by buildings, monuments and museums.
Visit: Mundo de Chocolate, Avenida Borges de Medeiros 2497, Gramado, State of Rio Grande do Sul 95670-000 Brazil With your Mundo de Chocolate Admission Ticket, you will have access to the World of Chocolate, the only park with sculptures of chocolate in Latin America.
Enjoy the charm and beauty of Gramado and Canela, known for their Bavarian-style architecture. This tour takes you to some of the cities' most memorable sights, including the Palacio dos Festivais, and Lago Negro in Gramado and the Cathedral of our Lady of Lourdes and Caracol Park in Canela.
The Chave-Mestra is an attraction for those who love adventure and adrenaline! You will be a day investigator and enter a thematic room where you need to unravel puzzles, find clues and decipher codes to escape in a time-out.
The Colonial Tour is perfect for adults and children. You will experience a return to the origins of Italian colonization in the municipality of Gramado. Travelling through the localities of Linha Nova and Linha Bonita, the visitor can learn about the cultural heritage of immigrants, passed from generation to generation until the present day.