Visit the area of Gramado and Canela. These are two absolutely beautiful towns on the natural elevations of Porto alegre. Lots of diversely colored Hydrangeas offer a wonderland appearance. Another strikingly beautiful town, famous for its colorful and perfectly cared landscaping is Novo Hamburgo, originally populated by Germans.
Fondest memory: Warm and helpful people, willing to lead you anywhere you want to go! And the famous 'cachorros quentes', a brazilian version of the popular hotdog! Enjoy and share with us!
My Porto Alegre is a new blog with fantastic information and tips for foreigners in Porto Alegre. there is nice Porto Alegre restaurant map, information regarding shopping, weekend activities (Zoo, Museums, kids activities and many others).
My Porto Alegre
the most southern state of Brasil, has borders with Uruguay and Argentina. so there is no reason not to visit this beautiful part of Brasil and maybe the most diverse cultural society in Brasil and language wise. many travellers from Europe will have seldom problems to communicate, though portugues is much prefered.
but german, spanish, italien, polish and alos japanese is understood and spoken.
the Lake is formed by four Rivers..the Jacui, the Sinos, the Cai and Gravatai River, with 496sqkm.
Fondest memory: going with friends to the movies, having a picnic right at the lake..strolling through the beautiful parks and meeting the locals
Favorite thing: just a quickie for those who need a YF vacc. while in porto alegre.These are given for free at Salgado filho airporto(airport), edificio garagem.you can take the T5 bus from the city centre, or alternatively a taxi which is much more costly.
Favorite thing: This is a picture of Mauá Wall. Mauá is the name of one of the avenues in Porto Alegre. Along part of the street, you can see this wall, that was built due to a flooding, decades ago. It devides the city centre and the dock area. The wall is painted by different artists, practically once a year.
Walk nearby Gasômetro. It's a kind of cultural centre by the Guaiba lake. Besides the exhibitions, the sunset seen from that point is lovely!
Fondest memory: Bom Fim and Cidade Baixa areas. They have a very peculiar atmosphere.
Mercado Publico...Market, situated at Largo Glenio Peres.build 1869
Has great Restaurants and Coffee bar's and over 100 stalls with typical Gaucho specialities, but of course all other ethnic groups introduced their typical dishes to the Region
feeding into the Lake Guiaba. wonderful recreational area for the people of P.A. and of course all visitors, has a great ecosystem and supports a rich biodiversity
Fondest memory: after a warm day, sunset over the River
Sunsets in PoA are very very special .... maybe better than Puerto Vallarta Mexico!
And to see a soccer match at the Olympic Stadium defies description ... for the first timer though make sure you do NOT go to a match against Colorado. Violence is almost guaranteed.
Fondest memory: The food (Churrascarias) and the drinks (cachaca) .... both are just excellent and not found exactly like this anywhere else in the world!
It is nice not to be given any special attention becaue you are a foreginer, a tourist. As it happens in portuguese speaking countries, I am not looked upon as an intruder, but as a representative of some or other remote area of the deceased portuguese colonial empire.. after all I do have good credentials... with connections to Malacca, Cochin and Lisboa.
It is also nice to arrive in a country and not feel a complete fool about the language.
The portuguese in brasil with its many admixtures is one of the nicest sounding idioms and very soon your ears picks up the sounds that roll off your tongue so sensually.
Favorite thing: A lovely little park just down the street from the hotel where you can, walk, jog or just sit back and people watch eating the mountain fresh juicy strawberry's you bought from the park street vendor.
Visit the Public market. Right in the centre, this historic building was recently restored to it's former glory, with the added luxury of a roof that covers the entire complex. Sights, smells and sounds of the real, native, non-touristy PoA (as the name of the city is abreviated to) can be experienced here. You can buy cheap meat and fish or veg. and fruit. The stall holders are friendly people and will not try to rip you off (beware of lurkers though, keep a tight hold of cameras, handbags etc.) In any of the bars you can quaff a good glass of cold 'choppe' (draught beer), ask for 'pouco colarinho', or else you'll get half a glass of beer and half of foam, this is not a deliberate rip-off - it's the way Brazilians like it. No Guinness here I'm afraid. By the way - for single guys - PoA has a much higher proportion of girls to guys, and beleive me - they are ALL stunningly beautiful, I know, I married one!
Fondest memory: A boat trip on the Guaiba river at sunset drinking a cold beer.
The so-called historical and cultural centers of Praça da Alfândega and Praça da Matriz and Mário Quintana Cultural Center - formerly Hotel Majestic - cannot be missed.
In the surroundings of Praça da Alfândega (Senador Florêncio) one can find the Post Office Building, the Museum of Art of Rio Grande do Sul (MARGS), the Trade Center, the former Banco Nacional do Comércio (now Banco Meridional) and the former movie-theater Guarani, now Banco Safra. The Praça da Matriz or Marechal Deodoro is bounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral, Palácio Piratini (seat of the State Government), the Legislative Assembly building, Theatro São Pedro and big old houses like Solar dos Câmara, transformed into a cultural hall, and Museu Júlio de Castilhos, which is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
From the promenade at Gasômetro, downtown, one can witness the communion between the city and Lake Guaíba. Besides visiting a former hydroelectric power plant transformed now into an important cultural center, the boat Noiva do Caí welcomes tourists aboard on a tour of the lake with its scattered isles. Another boat, the Cisne Branco (White Swan), leaves from the docks' central gate. A delicious lunch (Brazilian-style) is served on board.
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When the afternoon is about to end, the Café Concerto, on the top floor of Mário Quintana Cultural Center, is the perfect place to watch the sun go down to the sound of excellent live music;
The legendary Gaúcho churrasco;and
The visit to Caracol Park, close to Gramado (90 miles far away from Porto Alegre), where you can practice trekking and contemplate an spectacular waterfall.
- EAT BEEF. It´s absolutely great. It´s not just a topic, it´s real. It´s so close to Argentina that they share the real good quality in beefs.
- Go to FARROUPILHA PARK. Everyday you can find activities like concerts, and sound&light shows.
- Go to MORRO DA TV (Sta. Teresa) where you will see a splendid sight of Guaiba River. The rivers in Brazil are quite different from those in Europe. They are so huge. The Morro is full of favelas so that you absolutely must be quite careful and never go at night or alone.
- See the sundown at 'GASOMETRO'.
- Go to GRAMADO, which is about 130 km from P. Alegre. There is a National Park with a 65 m-high waterfall (Snail Waterfall, o CATARATA DO CARACOL). Quite beautiful. Gramado is a beautiful village, quite similar to any village in Austria. Everyone there is german descendant and if you can speak german you will have no problems there. If you want to eat there, you can do it at LE CHALET (Meat, cheese and chocolate Fondue´s rodizio for about $11. Very good quality and service). 'MINIWORLD' is not worthwhile.
Fondest memory: - SNAIL WATERFALL in Gramado
- Sight in MORRO DA TV. Splendid.
- RODIZIOS (free consumption for plain tarif).