At the confluence of five rivers, Porto Alegre lies on the eastern shore of Lagoa dos Patos, an immense freshwater lagoon navigable by even the largest of ships. Part European with a partially North American feel, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul is nevertheless uniquely Brazilian. Wealthy and diverse, this “Gaúcho Capital” has an emphasis on ... Read more
agriculture and industry, yet harbors unprecedented levels of biodiversity – with at least 9,288 species concentrated in the city limits alone. Parks, green areas and remnants of the unique Atlantic forest are in abundance within Brazil's fourth largest metropolitan area. Dine on churrasco barbecue, sip steaming hot chimarrão, and shop your heart out at the Central Public Market. History buffs will uncover the story of the city at the "Praça da Matriz" (Matrix Square) or the story of the Triassic era at UFRGS, with its extensive collection of locally-recovered dinosaurs. Come in September for Semana Farroupilha, a festival of traditional folk dancing and singing, or in February for the Festa de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes, featuring a procession of fishing boats.

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Though rain can fall at any time of the year in this region, Rio Grande do Sul sees the heaviest downpours during the winter months (June to September), which can be paired with a cold, southwesterly wind known ... Read more
as minuano. During the winter, Rio Grande do Sul’s higher elevations get snow, marking the beginning of peak tourist season in some areas; Gramado, for example, is Brazil’s Christmas capital, which attracts tourists from near and far and drives up hotel rates. Summers in Rio Grande do Sul are the opposite: in some areas, temperatures can rise to a sweltering 99 (37), though the coastal areas offer some respite.

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Santa Cruz

That's my home town. Big city. Traffic. Lots of malls and some nice places to eat. Not very much of a touristic spot thought.

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New York City

Despite all of its problems, this is still a beautiful city. It helps to know some of the locals, as I did when I was traveling there.

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Great place to live, great place to travel to. Be sure to try the Redenção square and Lagom Brew Pub.

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San Francisco

My hometown. Despite its many problems like chaotic traffic, lack of good public transportation and unsafe areas, is a beautiful city, I like it :)

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My birth place, and the city I'm living again now. A great small town, a little big city. It has it's own peculiar lovely places. Anyone who can, should pay a visit. For sure will love.

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You have to try the south Brazilian barbecue, which is called "churrasco"!

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Sidoarjo

It's A good town city..!!

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Stirling

Cheers!!from Porto Alegre

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Local from Porto Alegre

Beautiful place for sports, take a chimarrão or just admire the sunset!

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Local from Porto Alegre

Big and beautiful city. It has a strong gaucho culture, a beautiful sunset and historical places. Typical food and customs, as well as the accent.

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