Porto Alegre Travel Guide

  • Porto Alegre´s Praça da Matriz
    Porto Alegre´s Praça da Matriz
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  • Central Public Market
    Central Public Market
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  • Inexpensive and tasty meals!!!
    Inexpensive and tasty meals!!!
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Porto Alegre Highlights

  • Pro
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     A very active, busy city with something new and something old 

  • Con
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     Not a touristic destination, so you won´t be amazed with it. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A beautiful green city with friendly gauchos 

Porto Alegre Things to Do

  • adventures in the park

    ziplines have two large extent that cater safely children, youth and adults. The challenge begins with a crossing of 300m long and 30m high on dense bushland that covers a natural gap in the relief area. In return are more 240m flight over the lush vegetation of the site.

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  • visit lami lake

    efore this, Porto Alegre was the port of Viamão on the shore of Guaíba Lake. Its previous name was Porto dos Casais (Port of the Couples), and it was initially settled by Azorians. Many families of settlers also came from the city of Rio Grande in the littoral Lagunar region, to the south, a military fortress at that time. Today Rio Grande is the...

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  • POA

    The capital of the southernmost state of Brazil has a suggestive name. Only the words 'Port' and 'Alegre' pass who does not know a great tranquility and gives the impression of a quiet and happy. Despite having 1.5 million people, and the air still preserves the traditions of a small town, not missing those who want to stroll through the park...

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  • Public Market

    The public market is certainly the best option to do 3 things at the same time: 1) have a tasty and unexpensive meal, 2) visit a touristic spot of the city, and 3) have a brazilian experience, doing what locals do.There are many restaurants here offering many optins of menu. So don´t worry. Just enjoy!!!

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  • Great Rodizio

    Na Brasa is a rodizio-style (all you can eat) churrascaria, and in a region (Rio grande do sul) that is already famous for meat, Na Brasa manages to stand out. Prices are relatively moderate.Come with an appetite!

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  • fresh seafood

    Torres the House Beach of Porto Alegre, have a look at the map in the next tip......lively beach with good Restaurants fresh seafood could be the order of the day

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Porto Alegre Nightlife

  • One night at Opiniao

    Opiniao is one of the greatest discos of Porto Alegre, people like Eric Clapton and Lenny Kravits have played here...Before midnight you get 2 cervecas for the price of one...:-) I didn`t recognize a dress code

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  • eclectic cafe

    this is a very eccentric cafe.I really liked the decor and the vibe.A nice warm rustic feeling.It was quite full when we arrived so we needed to wait for a table but it was worth it.Loved the caipirinha......yum..yum... chic and stylish, but i think you can dress as you please

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  • Plenty of options

    "Calçada da Fama" is the popular name given to a street in POA full of bars and pubs. In the evening, it gets crowded with the most beautiful people in town, and also the most expensive cars! Posh people go there frequently, and it's a nice place to have a beer talking with friends. Something smart.....

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Porto Alegre Transportation

  • English-speaking taxis

    English-speaking taxi drivers are like gold-dust in Porto Alegre so Marcelo, who owns Exclusive Trip, is amazing. I stayed for 2 weeks in Porto on business and required several taxis a day. Marcelo and his drivers were always reliable, friendly and honest and the advantage of being able to communicate over the phone to arrange a taxi cannot be...

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  • from P.A. to the Border of...

    from P.A. to the Border of Uruguay..Quarai, have a look at my Travelouges.the journay takes around 8hours by Bus

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  • The best way to get to PoA is...

    The best way to get to PoA is by air. Porto Alegre has an international airport (aeroporto Salgado Filho). It is obviously possible to go by coach, but given the continental dimensions of Brazil that means about 18 hours from Sao Paulo or 24 hours from Rio de Janeiro (or 70 hours from Belem...). For flying in Brazil ask VARIG about the air-pass:...

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Porto Alegre Shopping

  • shopping barra sul

    is modern place to escape fo hot summer, walk, watch the fashion things, style, etc everything, food, drink, clouths, cellphone, digital camera, computers, notebook, etc 100 reales

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  • Shopping Mall

    The Shopping Center Iguatemi is the best shopping mall in Porto Alegre. It has department stores, book stores, gift stores, etc. It also has a nice restaurant (Riverside's Grill) with reasonable prices. Porto Alegre is a great place to buy leather products in general (jackets, shoes, handbags, wallets,etc).

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  • The most Popular

    This is the most popular mall of Porto Alegre. The most popular braziliam stores are there. You can eat a "home made" braziliam food, an American Hamburger or a sofisticated european food.His location, in front of Parque Marinha do Brasil , give us a beautifull view. The mall is located at Menino Deus, a beautifull neighboorhood near from down...

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Porto Alegre Local Customs

  • Cementery..

    Cementeries..in South America or in Brazil for this matter, are a real feature,and very pleasant to walk through.Many people bring they're lunches or Family's have picnic there while visiting the loved ones.here one of PoA oldest Cementary: Santa Casa the Misericordia Cementery

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  • Yerba Mate

    Yerba Mate is a tea which is common in southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uraguay, and Argentina. It is brewed from the dried leaves and stemlets of the perennial tree "Ilex Paraguariensis." Mate has been consumed since ancient times by the Indians of Brazil and Paraguay. In the 16th century, a Spanish explorer named Juan de Solis sampled the tea and noted...

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  • Ronaldinho

    his nickname is Ronaldinho Gaucho, born and raised in Porto Alegre, poor family, humble beginnings. he played first for the P.A. Club ..Gremio, then the bigger european clubs bought him.he now is the World's best footballer, playing for Barcelona and dazzling footballfans around the World.if you are interested in this nice man and outstanding...

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Porto Alegre Warnings and Dangers

  • time passes

    and way of live is changing constantly but there has been a time, when driving downtown of Porto Alegre, youngsters offered to take care of the car, park it, and while you where away even give it a wash. I never had problems to trust.I wonder, is that still possible these day's!!I found Porto Alegre a safe place, of course, a women on her own, she...

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  • Pickpockets

    In downtown Porto Alegre, you will find lots of pickpockets, so be aware! In other areas of the city, too.... Don't walk around giving visual signs that you are a tourist.... If natives are not difficult victims, imagine tourists!!!!Also, it is not a good idea to walk around at night. Take a taxi, as it does not cost too much, and it is safer!If...

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  • Downtown

    Take care when walking on the downtwon of the city. Normally you should not have really big problems, but in every part of the downtown you will find thiefers. Keep your money bag and other stuff like cameras safe. Also be careful when walking around on the parks, especially the ones closer to the downtown, like as Redenção (Farroupilha) park.

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Porto Alegre Tourist Traps

  • The Public Market

    Here you can find some typical products... You have to taste the salad fruit with ice cream of the Banca 40

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  • I mentioned in my Brazil...

    I mentioned in my Brazil page..Rio is over rated and one should go beyound those city limits,for example:the crimerate drops dramatically once you left Rio, Brazil is a great and big counrty.there is much to be discovered and when one only sees Rio or Sao Paulo..okay thats fine by me..but do miss out on something very beautiful, like the Moinhos de...

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  • Gramado and Cenela are...

    Gramado and Cenela are offerning not very much interesting spots, so don't stay too long there. All sites can been seen in one day, and you have to decide if you like to see the home of Santa Claus, a lake, a typical german house, a small chocolate fabric, a museum with american cars and bikes from the 50's etc. I found it all not very interesting.

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Porto Alegre What to Pack

  • learn some portugues

    I always travelled with light Backpack, with many pockets. everything neetly wrapped & separatly in plastic bags.a spare bag for dirthy clothes.* the South can be cold..wintertime from July/Aug.warm clothing recommended, good shoes & weathergear* everything can be bought in P.A. for medical supply and medication ask youre G.P.* take minimum...

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  • WINTER:NEVER ENOUGH CLOTHES/SUMMER:GET...

    Winter here can be really cruel,it was the first time I had to shopping for sweaters and coats,and the cold was almost my breakpoint back to Rio first year here,I really didn't know anything about cold before,it's terrible to wake up in the morning,I gave up pijamas and get asleep with part of the clothes I will dress next morning,it makes all...

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  • Packing List

    Porto Alegre has a very very cold winter,and if you plann to go to the mountain region in the winter,even colder!Winter is from march to september.Althought,the summer can be extremely hot,and if you plann to go to our coast(pictures can be found in the travelogue)than,the regular beach clothes are ok..Storms are frequent,summer or winter..take a...

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Porto Alegre Off The Beaten Path

  • visit santa casa cementery and history

    The Santa Casa, the cemetery, the hospital, orphanage, and its historyis located in the central area of the city, is the cemetery that can be visited from 9 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon, there are interesting vaults, there is a statue of gaucho, there is a cafe on the ground floor, I confess that I never saw before, a coffee shop within the...

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  • Sao Miguel das Missoes.

    Sao Miguel das Missoes.. like those Missoes at Paraguay and Argentina..not far from Santo Angelo and Sao Luiz Conzaga, have a look at the map from Rio Grande do SulI must admit it is a long drive but worth to explore

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  • Great Place for Musicians to Mingle

    As a pianist, my fingers were itching to find a piano in my mother's home city, and the only place I could find one was in the historic downtown area. It is a six or seven-story large pink building with local knick-knacks sold on the first floor- things like cool colored glass rings. As you go up the levels, there are places where students study...

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Porto Alegre Sports & Outdoors

  • THE WATERFALL - THE HIKE TARGET!

    If you follow the " Vertice Track ",that's what you will see,the " Veu De Noiva " ( the bride's veil ) waterfall,and be spechless,as we were!

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  • HIKING IN ITAIMBEZINHO CANYON

    Track:it is the biggest canyon in Brazil,extended thru 5,800m,945m sealevel,600m depth.In some points the walls can reach 720m height.

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  • HIKING IN ITAIMBEZINHO

    As I told before in the intro of this page,to hike in Itaimbezinho is an experience like almost touching the sky,but many times,it ended in a tragedy (there are many stories of people who disapeared in the canyon,presumed died but as all the canyon is very deep,no chance to find the body).In the entrance gate,follow the instructions to get to the...

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Porto Alegre Favorites

  • Visit the area of Gramado and...

    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. Warm and helpful...

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  • My Porto Alegre

    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

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  • have a look at the map of RGS

    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,...

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Centro
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