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A Day in Port Alegre by Carl Winter

Go up the Santa Teresa hill for one of the most beautiful views of the city  
the Gaucho
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Gauchos were generally nomadic and lived on the pampas, the plain that extends north from Patagonia, bounded on the west by the Andes and extending as far north as the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Most gauchos were either criollo (South Americans of Spanish ancestry) or mestizo (of mixed Spanish and Native American blood), but the term applies equally to people of other European, African, or mixed ancestry (see bottom of next paragraph).
The gaucho plays an important symbolic role in the nationalisms of this region, especially that of Argentina.
The habit of taking chimarrão (a herb tea drunk from a gourd), the wearing of wide-legged trousers (a type of national costume), cooking on an earth barbecue and incorporating Castilian Spanish expressions in the dialect are some of the features that characterize the Gaucho, particularly those who were born and brought up in the pampas, the plains that form one of the most striking landscapes in the region. As well as the plains, other Gaúcho landscapes can be seen by anyone crossing this state, the gateway between Brazil and her southern neighbours, Uruguay and Argentina
wiki/Gaucho
Historic Buildings
Porto Alegre is a huge outdoor architectonic museum. The different styles are concentrated especially downtown, recording on the buildings the influences which marked the capital city’s golden time. Therefore, walking across the narrow streets of the historical center, one may see buildings with baroque characteristics – as the “Casa da Junta” – sharing the space with the modern architecture of Farroupilha Palace – a place that today hosts the State Legislative Assembly.

PALACIO PIRATINI The governor's palace, seat of the state government since 1921.  French architecture with internal panels signed by renowned Italian painter, Aldo Locateli. Designated state heritage in 1986,the palace is open for visitors most days, with no entrance fee.

Directions: Located at 'DA MATRIZ' square,in the center of the city, close to the cathedral.

Porto Alegre City Hall – “Paço dos Açorianos” (The Palace of the Azoreans)
Ornamented in neoclassic style, its construction was started in 1898. Across the City Hall is the “Fonte Talavera de La Reina”, a gift from that Spanish colony in 1935, during the celebration of the centennial of the Farroupilha Revolution. The sculptures embellishing the façade stand for Economy, Education, and Politics. It became a historic site in 1979. The city’s center milestone is there. The city hall lies at Praça Montevidéu, 10, Downtown.

 

The Rota Romântica
The Rota Romântica, Portuguese for the "Romantic Route", is a scenic tourist route which runs through 13 municipalities located in the moutainous Serra Gaúcha in the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. The area was originally colonized by German immigrants in the first half of the 19th century. The strong German influence can still be seen in each of these beautiful towns and villages - this truly sets the tour route apart from others in Brazil. The Germanic roots are visible in the architecture, gastronomy and occasionally in the accent and language (Riograndenser Hunsrückisch) of the people - and, of course, in their Northern European appearance.

The Rota Romântica is approximately 184km (about 114 miles) in distance and extends from São Leopoldo to São Francisco de Paula. The 13 municipalities along the route are: São Leopoldo, Novo Hamburgo, Estância Velha, Ivoti, Dois Irmãos, Morro Reuter, Santa Maria do Herval, Presidente Lucena, Picada Café, Nova Petrópolis, Gramado, Canela, and São Francisco de Paula.

Travel Agencies-Agências de Viagem -
Alliance Turismo
Rua Riachuelo, 1038 – sala 701
Fone: 3061.2777
alliance
turismo.com.br

Astra Turismo
Av. Félix da Cunha, 836 – sala 102 – Moinhos de Vento
Fone: 3222-5004
astratur.com.br

Aerotur Agência de Viagens e Turismo
Rua dos Andradas, 1137 Loja B - Centro (Praça da Alfândega)
Fone: 3228-8144   Fax: 3228-0479
aerotur.com

Caminhos do Sul Turismo
Rua Armando Barbedo, 480 sala 306 - Tristeza
Fone/Fax: (51)3268.0851

Dial Tour Home
Rua Dona Laura, 226 / 304
Fone: 3333-4330

Fellini Turismo
Rua General Bento Martins, 24 conj. 401
Fone: 3228-6388
fellini
turismo.com.br

Galápagos Tour
Av. Sen. Salgado Filho, 135/202 - Centro
Fone: (51) 3224.2082

Imagem Tur
Av. Osvaldo Aranha, 1439 – sala 201 – Bom Fim
Fone: 3330-3079
Somente para grupo de no mínimo 20 pessoas.
imagemtur.com.br

Lauremz Nova Turismos
Mariante, 288 / 707
Fone: 3346-4466
lauremz.com.br

Macchi Turismo
Rua Comendador Rheingantz, 294 / 101
Tel: (51 ) 3388.2324 Fax: (51 ) 33882324
macchi
turismo.com.br

Portovan Turismo e Eventos
Av. Plínio Brasil Milano, 1649
Fone: 3061-1415
portovan.com.br

Rota Alternativa Turismo
Rua Tobias da Silva, 137 / 506
Fone: 3346-1776
rota
alternativa.com.br


S7 Viagens
Av. Plínio Brasil Milano, 805 / 708
Fone: 3228-7171
s7viagens.com.br

 

 

Cultural centers, museums, history benchmarks and the cathedral area all worthwhile. The two universities and its position as a capital of Mercusur make Porto Alegre the capital of the four founding coutries, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil. This is guacho land. There's many excellent day trips and far more English is spoken here than elsewhere in Brazil making Puerto Alegre a good base of operations. However the visitor infrustructure is still getting started and the downtown can seem empty on weekends.
The sunset, as seen from the Guaíba Lake, blankets the city with golden lights. Every day the crowds gather to see the spectacular twilight show along the 72 km of shoreline.  

BOAT TOURS
PORTO ALEGRE has a long coastline on the Guaíba Lake, and its topography is punctuated by 40 hills. In the lake -- a very vast body of water -- a maze of islands facing the city create an archipelago where a unique ecosystem makes possible an exuberant
 

 wildlife. The city area concentrates 28% of the native flora of Rio Grande do Sul, with 9,288 species.
Ilha da Pintada (Pintada Island)
Ilha da Pintada is part of the group of islands comprising the Delta do Jacuí State Park. Currently, crafty fishing is the most representative economic activity in the place. Its population descends from Azorean immigrants.

Delta Cruise  exploring the many fast developing as well as  uninhabited islands in the river delta.  Cruises can be spotty depending on the time of year.
 

Boat Tours -River Two-hour excursions on the Rio Guaiba leave from the tour-boat berth (Doca Turística) on Avenida Mauá, near the train station. Schedules vary seasonally, so check with the tourist office. There are also boat excursions from the Centro Cultural Usina do Gasômetro.

Linha Turismo. Travessa do Carmo Street 84, phones (51) 3213-3464 and (51) 3212-1628: a tourist bus line that passes through 11 neighbourhoods and shows the main attractions of the city (parks, trees, statues, hospitals, churches etc), with audio guides in three languages. The trip is 28km long and lasts for about 1h20min, and the arrival is at the same departure address. From Tuesdays to Sundays (holidays included), at 9am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3pm and 4:30m (winter) or 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm and 6pm (summer). The tickets cost 5 reais for the lower floor and 7 reais for the superior one (which has no ceiling). felliniturismo.com.br  English Version    

 

Beaches
The beaches within the City are not used for swimming and for much of the winter are deserted and wind swept,  however you will find the sunsets exceptional.  There are many fine beaches an hour from the city but do not swim in the inviting water at the Puerto Alegre beaches as they are polluted.
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Cultural Centers CENTROS CULTURAIS
Centro Cultural Usina do Gasômetro
Address: Usina do Gasômetro, Avenida Presidente João Goulart, 551, Centro, tel. (51) 3212-5979. 10h/20h (ter. a dom.). 1
- Cultural Centre Locate on the shores of Guaíba,the building holds an old thermoelectric powerhouse of the city that was active from 1928 to 1974. Since 1991, it's one of the most important cultural centers of the State. It's chimney is 117m tall and serves as a visual reference throughout the city. The best day to visit the Gasômetro is on a Sunday afternoon, when there are people sunbathing and admiring the view.
Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana Rua dos Andradas 736 (Tues-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat & Sun noon-9pm) Rua dos Andradas, 736, Centro, tel. (51) 3221-7147. 9h/21h (ter. a sex.) e 12h/21h (sáb., dom. e feriados). Site: www.ccmq.rs.gov.br  Restored in 1990, it is now one of the biggest cultural centers in Latin America. When visiting, go to the Majestic Cafe on the top floor with an excellent view of the city center. Apart from numerous exhibition galleries, the Casa de Cultura houses a library, a cinema, a  restaurant and a café. Designed in Neoclassical style by the German architect Theo Wiederspahn in 1923, the extremely elegant rose-coloured building was a hotel until 1980. The poet Mário Quintana was a long-time resident, hence the name.
Centro Municipal de Cultura, Avenida Erico Veríssimo, 307, Azenha, tel. (51) 3221-6622. 8h30/23h (todos os dias).
Centro Cultural CEEE Erico Veríssimo, Rua dos Andradas, 1223, Centro, tel. (51) 3226-5342. 9h/17h (seg. a sex.). Horário sujeito a modificações. Site: www.ccev.com.br 
Santander Cultural, Rua Sete de Setembro, 1028, Centro, tel. (51) 3287-5500. 12h/20h (seg.), 10h/20h (ter. a sáb.) e 10h/18h (dom.). Site: www.santandercultural.com.br 

Parks
Farroupilha Park Also known as Redenção
Address:
Av. Osvaldo Aranha, José Bonifácio e João Pessoa. Phone: (51) 3221 3562

The biggest parks in Porto Alegre at 370 thousand sq. metersand well located near the business center in the Farroupilha District.
Inside the park there are
45 copper and marble temple like monuments. The most noteworthy is “O Expedicionário" (The Expeditionary One) monument, representing a double Triumph Arch with relief sculptures which are a homage to Brazilian soldiers who fought in Italy during the World War II. It also hosts a mini-zoo, an amusement park for children, a solar retreat, a market, soccer and bowl fields, cycleways, athletic sports track, gymnastics equipment, and an auditorium for 4,500 people.
The best day to visit the park is on Sunday, when it
hosts a flea market, Brique da Redenção Fair porto-alegrenses love to meet their friends to drink chimarrão and walk around the water. Avoid the park during the night.

Moinhos de Vento Park (also known as Parcão) [Windmill Park] Moinhos de Vento District.
The Park administrative head offices were built in the shape of an artificial windmill debouching as a small cascade. A great choice for walking, jogging or to bring the kids to the playground or to watch the ducks and turtles at the lake.
It has 115 thousand sq. meters and offers sports infrastructure with a soccer field, tennis court, bowl field, gymnastics equipment, skating track, multipurpose courts, and athletic sports tracks.  There is also a library for children, containing one thousand books, especially devoted to ecologic literature. While there visit the street 24 de Outubro, one of the most charming in the city.
Morro do Osso (Osso Hill)
Located between Tristeza, Camaquá, and Ipanema districts. From the top of its 143 meters, with an over 200-degree panoramic view, one can see the Guaíba Lake, Ipanema Beach, Downtown Porto Alegre, and a few hills. A share of this Hill lines off the Osso Hill Natural Park, which must soon be expanded. The park has a head office with an auditorium for educational activities, forester service, and an environmental educational program.
Morro São Pedro (São Pedro Hill)
It lies between Restinga and Lami districts. From its 289 meters high, it is possible to see part of the city’s Southern Zone, Lami Beach, and Itapuã Lighthouse. With over one thousand hectares, it has several clean and preserved stream fountains. There you can find four basic vegetal formations: clean field, with tripping vegetation; dirty field, with clumps of shrub and semi-shrubby vegetation; the gallery forest, which flows across the brooks; and pluvial subtropical wood or forest. In addition to campo flickers, partridges, “sabiás”, southern house wrens, and sparrow hawks, other animals in danger of extinction, as auburn monkeys, live in this hill.
Morro Santa Teresa (Santa Teresa Hill)
Located at Santa Teresa District, this hill is 148 m above sea level, providing a panoramic view of the shores of Guaíba Lake along the “Marinha do Brasil” and Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho (Harmonia) parks. From Ruy Ramos belvedere, at the hilltop, it is also possible to see some of the archipelago islands, the “Usina do Gasômetro” (Gasholder Plant), and Downtown Porto Alegre. Santa Teresa is known for sheltering several TV and radio stations, being this the reason why the population nicknamed it as "TV Hill".
It has had a bad reputation at times for robberies
A real garden, where one can enter and forget the whole world, cannot be made in a week or a month or a year. It must be planned for, and waited for, and loved into being. - Chinese Proverb
Botanical Garden

With an area of approximately 43 hectares, the Botanical Garden is in the district named for it, between Cristiano Fischer Avenue and Salvador França Avenue. It has scientific collections with over two thousand issues, 725 vegetal species, spread along the different open areas in the park. It also has a Germplasm Bank, a Seed Bank and a Sapling Terrarium, in addition to developing environmental educational activities. The Natural Sciences Museum is headquartered at the Garden and preserves flora and fauna species from the State Natural Patrimony.

Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho Park (Harmonia Park)
Located at Cidade Baixa District, it has 300 thousand sq. meters, hosting in its area a replica of a traditional gaucho farm - the Harmonia Ranch -, designed to maintain and practice the regionalist culture. It also has an aeromodelling track, a nautimodelling tank, children’s sites, soccer and bowl fields, volleyball courts, and over 100 barbecue grills available in different areas of the park.
Saint Hilaire Park
Located on RS-040 highway, at about km 02, this park is 17 km away from Downtown Porto Alegre.
It has 11.8 sq. km, 240 hectares of which are designed to leisure and 940 hectares reserved to permanent preservation. Its name is a homage to scientist Augustin François César Prouvençal de Saint-Hilaire, an internationally renowned French traveler and naturalist who lived in Brazil for many years. The park infrastructure has soccer fields, bowl fields, volleyball courts and indoor soccer fields, aeromodelling and skating tracks, a playground and approximately 100 barbecue grills.
Mascarenhas de Moraes Park
Officially created in 1984, the park has a total area of 182,383 sq. meters. In addition, it has an ecologic reserve of approximately 6 hectares, inhabited by many flora and fauna species. The Southern Wing of the park has a playground and three volleyball courts; in the central part are the park administration office, soccer and bowl fields, volleyball courts, soccer seven fields and multipurpose courts and fields. Mascarenhas de Moraes Park is at Humaitá District.
Chico Mendes Park
It pays a homage to preservationist Francisco Alves Mendes Filho, commonly known as Chico Mendes, the union leader of rubber tappers and a great defender of the Amazon forest, murdered in 1988, in Acre State. The park occupies 247 thousand sq. meters and it is located still at an urban consolidation stage area. It has a forest of eucalyptuses and a small ecologic reserve comprised basically of native trees which ensure the survival of several species of the avifauna. It also has a volleyball court, a basketball court, two soccer fields, three bowl fields, table games, gymnastics equipment, cooper lanes, rest rooms, a playground, and an area with barbecue grills. The Chico Mendes Memorial and the outdoor amphitheater are designed to ceremonies and cultural agendas.
Parque Marinha do Brasil ( Brazilian Navy’s Park)
It occupies an area of 715 thousand sq. meters at Praia de Belas District. From there one can admire the waters of Guaíba Lake. Sportspeople enjoy the park very much due to its infrastructure characteristics – it has four tennis courts, five multipurpose courts, a soccer field, six indoor soccer fields, an athletic sports track, a skating track, a skateboard track, nine sand soccer fields, a mourning hall and gymnastics equipment. Bicycle and quadricycle rental is also available. It also has a playground and a small amusement park. Out of its total area, 11 hectares represent forests and grass-covered spaces where there are many native trees and exotic species.
 

Day Trips
The state can make the bold claim to some of the most spectacular scenery as well as picturesque charm. 
Gramado and Canela
Gramado and Canela: through the German foothills (serra alemã) between Itaimbezinho Canyon and Nova Petrópolis, they gather the beauty of the Gaucho Mountain ridge, of the mountains, of theGran013.jpg parks and flowers. Serra Gaúcha is in the mountain range of Rio Grande do Sul. Here the influence of the German and Italian immigrants predominates. Besides the workmanship, hydrangeas, Bavarian architecture chocolates, colonial coffee, and the sweet charm of Christmas the Gramado Film Festival is famous throughout Latin America. Largely concerned with tourism, Gramado and Canela are the best known towns and in winter, snow can cover the roofs. Canela is a small town with an abundance of natural beauty, including the Cascata do Caracol, a waterfall with a drop of one hundred and thirty one metres

As might be expected their festivals star their Ockoberfest on weekends in in October. Also there is the Festa de Verao on weekends during Jan & Feb and Festa do Folkore on weekend in July. All the events are held in the Parque do Imigrante which also features a historic village from the turn of the century and a helpful tourist office at the entrance (open daily till 6pm).

Temperature in Gramado and Canela is normally about 5 oC less than Porto Alegre.

Nova Petrópolis About 100 km north Porto Alegre and where German is still largely spoken. There are many Swiss chalet type structures as a result of the official attempts to promote building in the German character. The population is around 25,000 people and most are of German origin.  Dairy farming and shoemaking are the major economic activities in the municipality.

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Bento Goncalves and Garibaldi: Wine Country
Wine Region is an escape to Italian scenery . Caxias do Sul, Bento Gonçalves, Garibaldi, are the standout destination of  the region. This is theDownload  capital of Brazilan wine making and there is plenty of happiness, music, wines, champagne and Italina cooking to satisfy anyone.
Wine Route, through the Italian foothills (serra italiana)
a couple of hours north of Porto Alegre.

The beautiful Vale dos Vinhedos (Valley of the Vineyards) is just two hours drive [120 Km ] from Porto Alegre. Vale dos Vinhedos  is a valley among Bento Gonçalves, Garibaldi and Monte Belo do Sul borders.  Wines from Vale dos Vinhedos are globally known. The techniques guarantee the product quality, which already earned important national and international prizes, mainly in countries of Europe. In the summer the main attraction is to eat the grapes in the vineyards, to accompany the winegrowers' work, to see how the wine and juice are produced. 


The Italians, who arrived between 1875 and 1915, were mainly from the Veneto and Trento region. They adapted well and very quickly specialized in wine production. The region has developed into an important industrial centre, but it is in and around smaller towns, such as Bento Goncalves and Garibaldi, that, in fact, Brazil`s wine production is centred.

This is where 90% of the country's wine production is done. Since the 1970s, investment in wineries has leapt up considerably and the ensuing quality although Brazil still lags in exports behind the hegemony of Chile and Argentina it is a growing sector of the local economy.
Carlos Barbosa is a city of over 22,000 in Rio Grande do Sul's  wine country that is linked by the Maria Fumaça tourist railroad to Bento Gonçalves

Salto ventoso (Windy Jump) - it is located in the district of Nova Sardenha (New Sardenha). With 54 meters of height, in front of a large mouth (200 meters in length for 25 meters of height), where you can watch it from behind the waterfall. The horseshoe shape, like a semicircle, making it possible to watch it from any angle. When the sun shines inside of the big mouth, on the rift of the water, several colors reflecte on the walls of the cave. " Quatrilho ", the Oscar nominate movie, was filmed here.

Fenavinho - National Party of the Wine. The whole secular magic of the Italian immigrants' culture is shown with music, dances, shows, typical dishes and a lot of wine, that flows in a parallel with people happiness.

Santa Maria

 Santa Maria is a city in the central region of Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state of Brazil. It is known for the presence of a federal university (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria) and a number of private universities and faculties, due to which fact it has a relatively young population.

Santa Maria has a population of 243,611. It has a total area of 1693 km².

Santa Maria is often referred as the "culture city" (from portuguese: cidade cultura) mostly because of the great number of students and
young adults who engage in many political movements, cultural and social entrepreneurs, and a wide range of academic researches of international strength.

Aparados da Serra National Park

One hundred and eighty six kilometres from Porto Alegre, near the frontier with the state of Santa Catarina, in the mountainous region known as Campos de Cima da Serra is Cambará do Sul, a district that includes the Itaimbezinho canyon set in the Aparados da Serra National Park.

Canyon do Itaimbézinho: In this freak of nature, the mountains are separated from each other by almost two hundred and fifty kilometres of vertical walls that are seven hundred and twenty metres

main attraction is Canyon do Itaimbézinho a fantastic narrow canyon with sheer 600 to 720-meter parallel escarpments. Most days, you walk along the lush banks of the Rio do Boi, marveling at the countless waterfalls that plunge down from on high. Beware of an unexpected torrential rain which can turn the river into a hungry demon.  Hiking in the dry season (July-October) is generally safe, though it's wise to keep an ear to the latest forecast. Even during the wet season the trip's still possible, though the prudent may want to stick to the Cotovelo Trail, which follows along the canyon's edge.

 deep and with a breadth varying between one hundred and two thousand metres. Looking out from the Itaimbezinho canyon on a sunny day it is possible to see the Torres sea and the beach to the north of the state where the craggy cliffs, caverns and enormous boulders make it one of the most attractive landscapes in the southern region.

Cambará do Sul can serve as a base to visit Aparados da Serra National Park and Serra Geral National Park. They border each other and share the same type of ecological environment, where large canyons formed by enormous rocky cliffs on wavy reliefs comprise the landscape. There are also sections of Mata Atlântica, fields of grass and Araucaria Forests. Another option visit this fantastic park and its many waterfalls you would wish to stay in Gramado or Canela.

Serra Geral National Park
Situated between Cambará do Sul, in Rio Grande do Sul State, and Praia Grande and Jacinto Machado, in Santa Catarina State, Serra Geral National Park was created in 1992. It is an extension of its neighbor, Aparados da Serra, and has an area of 173 km2 (17,300 ha.).

There are more than 60 canyons distributed over the region, and although they are all similar, the surprise and fascination when approaching the edge of each one is unique.

The one that calls most attention and surprises by its magnitude is the Fortaleza Canyon, with more than 7 km in extension (4.4 miles). Araucaria Forests, highlighting the Paraná araucária, pepper trees, oak trees, kinds of holly, and Scotch pine; grasses that prevail on the fields; and the Atlântica Pluvial Forest, with several species such as maria-mole trees and the canchara cabralea, coexist in the park. The guará wolf, cougar, and pampas deer can only be seen in places of difficult access
The highlands region and towns such as Pelotas, with its 19th century art nouveau buildings and legacies from the past, such as wrought-iron structures scattered around the town and left by the English at the beginning of the century.
Jesuit Mission: São Miguel das Missões
The state is also home to the historic São Miguel das Missões, [wiki] the ruins of an 18th century Jesuit Mission. The Missions are in three countries and are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

São Miguel das Missões, Portuguese for the "Mission of St. Michael",  located in the small city of São Miguel das Missões in northwestern Rio Grande do

30 ruined Jesuit missions
"a grand 160-year experiment in socialism, where wealth was equally divided and religion, intellect and the arts flourished—a utopian island of progress in an age of monarchies and institutionalized slavery.

 Sul. It was also known as "São Miguel Arcanjo" and by its Spanish name "San Miguel."  Jesuit missionaries founded the mission in the 18th Century in part to catechise the Guarani indian population and to protect the natives from Spanish and Portuguese slave traders. The Mission was constructed from about 1735-1745. Despite the efforts of the Jesuits, the slave trade of the Spanish and Portuguese empires eventually conquered and the Mission was abandone
 

Rio Grande do Sul's prairies have been the scene of bloody wars: the dispute between Portugal and Spain for the Sacramento Colony, the Guarani Missions War, the War of Tatters [wiki], the Federalist Revolution, the Maurers Revolt, The Contestado War [wiki], and the Vargas's levant.

North Coast:
 The three big resort towns on the north coast areDownload  Torres, Capão da Canoa and Tramandaí. Torres, the furthest from Porto Alegre, is only three hours away by car. All three have medium-sized airports, luxury hotels and up-market nightlife.
TORRES
Located on the coast of Rio Grande do Sul State, Torres is the most sophisticated summer destinations in the State attracting many out of state visitors.T he pleasant climate and the vastness of the white sand beaches assure that visitors return.  The climate in Torres is divided into two very marked seasons. From October to April it is very hot and dry (24°c-36°c) and the rest of the year is cold and humid (8°c-20°c).
It is possible to find ocean, beaches, dunes, cliffs, Atlantic forest, river, lagoon, waterfalls and various species of fauna and flora – all on the same place. Torres is also one of the oldest municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul State.

Torres has some of the best surf spots in the state. Some of the best Brazilian surfers are from Torres. The surfing conditions are improved by the presence of rocky the mountains and other geological formations which provide natural protection from strong winds and create good sea bottom shapes. The best season for surfing is the winter (may-sep) with waves up to 3 meters high and cold water. During the summer the waves are smaller and the northeast wind usually jeopardizes the surfing conditions. It is possible to practice Tow-in in a point break near Ilha dos Lobos and waves as high as 8 meters have been registered there but the access is difficult and good conditions are rare.

The city hosts ballooning festivals, a very popular activity in the area. 

Torres (Rio Grande do Sul) by en.wikipedia.org

Portuguese only
http://www.torres.com.br/ city site

Map of Brazil highlighting the state
MUSEUMS
Memorial do Rio Grande do Sul, Praça da Alfândega, 1020, Centro, tel. (51) 3225-8490. 10h/19h (ter. a dom.). (Tues-Sun 10am-5pm), A collection of work by gaúcho artists, including some impressive nineteenth-century landscapes.  Special traveling exhibitions are often featured as well. There's a small gallery where reasonably priced original prints and paintings by local artists are offered for sale.  www.memorial.rs.gov.br
Museu Ado Malagoli [Museum of Art of Rio Grande do Sul ]– MARGS (Margs), Praça da Alfândega, s/nº, Centro, tel. (51) 3227-2311. 10h/19h (ter. a dom.). 
With a predominantly neoclassic style, the building was designed by German architect Theo Wiederspahn. Originally it was the headquarters of the Fiscal Surveillance Agency of the Federal Revenue Office. Nowadays, it hosts the largest collection of works in Rio Grande do Sul, many of which were created by renowned local, national, and foreign artists.  A historic landmark by the National Historic Site Office in 1983 and it is at Alfândega Plaza, Downtown. You may visit it from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
www.margs.org.br
Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia da PUCRS, Avenida Ipiranga, 6681, prédio 40, Partenon, tel. (51) 3320-3597 e (51) 3320-3697. 9h/17h (ter. a dom.). R$ 10,00 (adultos) e R$ 5,00 (crianças de 3 até 12 anos, idosos acima de 65 anos e alunos acompanhados por professores).  www.mct.pucrs.br
Museu de Ciências Naturais e Jardim Botânicp, Rua Doutor Salvador França, 1427, Jardim Botânico, tel. (51) 3336-3306. 8h30/12h e 13h30/17h (ter. a dom.).
Museu de Comunicação Social Hipólito José da Costa, Rua das Andradas, 959, Centro, tel. (51) 3220-2038. 8h30/18h (ter. a dom.). Horário sujeito a modificações
Museu Joaquim José Felizardo, Rua João Alfredo, 582, Cidade Baixa, tel. (51) 3226-7560. h/11h30 e 13h30/18h (ter. a dom.).
Museu Júlio de Castilhos, Rua Duque de Caxias, 1205, Centro, tel. (51) 3221-3959. 10h/19h (ter. a sex.) e 14h/18h (sáb. e
dom.)
presents a  history of the state
Museu do trabalho, Rua dos Andradas, 230, Centro, tel. (51) 3227-1450. 13h/18h (ter. a dom.).
Museu da Tecnologia da Ulbra (Museu do Automóvel), Rua Miguel Tostes, 101, São Luís (campus da Ulbra), Canoas, tel. (51) 477-4000/ramal 2604. 10h/20h (ter. a sex.); e 10h/17h (sáb. e dom.). R$ 10,00.
Museu da UFRGS, Avenida Osvaldo Aranha, 277, Bom Fim (Campus Central), tel. (51) 3316-4022. 10h/19h (seg. a sex.); e 12h/19h (sáb).  www.museu.ufrgs.br
Museu da Força Expedicionária Brasileira at Av. João Pessoa 567 (Mon-Wed & Fri 2-5pm, Thurs 8-11.30am), another military museum this about Brazilian battalions which served in the Italian campaign of World War II.
Solar dos Câmara, Rua Duque de Caxias, 968, Centro, tel. (51) 3210-2934, 8h30/11h30 e 13h30/18h30 (seg. a sex.)
Bolsa de Arte de Porto Alegre - contemporary Brazilian art.
"If you're scared of leopards, hate mosquitoes, but want to do some ecological tourism, come to Canela."
(Canela tourist brochure)
Theatres
Anfiteatro Pôr-do-Sol (Sunset Amphitheater) on the shores of Guaíba Lake
Cia de Arte - Rua dos Andradas, 1780, Centro, tel. 3228-2433. 105 seats
Depósito de Teatro - Avenida Benjamin Constant, 1677, Floresta, tel. 3374-6925.
See spectacles of the group Depósito de Teatro
Sala Álvaro Moreyra - Avenida Érico Veríssimo, 307, Azenha, Centro Municipal de Cultura Lupicínio Rodrigues, tel. (51) 3221-6622.  110 seats handicapped access, cafeteria
Salão de Atos da PUCRS - Avenida Ipiranga, 6681, prédio 4, Jardim Botânico, Campus Central da PUCRS, tel. (51) 3320-3580. 1700seats, handicapped access
Salão de Atos da UFRGS - Rua Paulo Gama, 110, Bom Fim, tel. (51) 3316-3066. There are 1309 seats in 3 auditoriums with projection screens
Teatro de AMRIGS - Avenida Ipiranga, 5311, Jardim Botânico, tel. (51) 3339-2899, ramal 156. Tem 700 seats & handicapped access
Teatro de Arena - Avenida Borges de Medeiros, 835, Centro, Alto do Viaduto da Otávio Rocha, tel. (51) 3226-0242. Comporta Room for 110 spectators
Teatro Bruno Kiefer - Rua dos Andradas, 736, Centro, Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana, tel. (51) 3221-7147.  Capacity for 200 spectators.
Teatro de Câmara Túlio Piva - Rua da República, 575, Cidade Baixa, tel. (51) 3225-6172. Capacity 215 ; handicapped access
Teatro Carlos Carvalho - Rua dos Andradas, 736, Centro, Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana, tel. (51) 3221-7147. Capacidade para 100 espectadores.
Teatro do Instituto Goethe - Rua 24 de Outubro, 112, Moinhos de Vento, tel. (51) 3222-7832.  capacidade para 130 espectadores.
Teatro do IPE - Avenida Borges de Medeiros, 1945, Praia de Belas, tel. (51) 3210-5850. Tem 280 places to sit
Teatro Nilto Filho - Rua Grão Pará, 179, Menino Deus, tel. (51) 3233-0449.  43 lseats & handicapped access
Teatro Novo - Sala Carmen Silva - Rua Frederico Mentz, 1561, Navegantes, DC Navegantes, DC Shopping, tel. (51) 3374-7626. It has 500 seats & handicapped access
Teatro da OSPA - Avenida Independência, tel. (51) 3311-7919. Between auditorium and mezzanine there is space for 1230 people
Teatro Renascença - Avenida Érico Veríssimo, 307, Azenha, Centro Municipal de Cultura Lupicínio Rodrigues, tel. (51) 3221-6622. 300 capacity with handicapped access
Teatro do SESC - Avenida Alberto Bins, 665, Centro, tel. (51) 3284-2070. Space for 300 people
Teatro do SESI - Avenida Assis Brasil, 8787, Sarandi, tel. (51) 3347-8706.1800 places divided in two auditoriums and mezzanine, plus infrastructure for great spectaclesof light and sound . Also cafeteria and access for deficient.
Theatro São Pedro - Praça Marechal Deodoro, s/nº, Centro, tel. (51) 3227-5100.
Inaugurated in 1858, it's one of the Brazil's most beautiful theaters. In Portuguese baroque style, decorated in velvet and gold, with a u-shaped design. Located well in the center of the city, it is  major venue for theatre and music. The capacity of 696 is distributed between auditorium, berths and galleries. The ticket office opens is ope 13 hours/day  when it only has programming,
Directions:
MARECHAL DEODORO STR., IN FRONT OF THE CATHEDRAL. OPEN HOURS:TUE THRU FRI FROM 12PM TO 6PM  NO ENTRANCE FEE
Gramado is well known for its lush hydrangas
Cambará do Sul
State: Rio Grande do Sul
Region: South
Population: 6,840 inhabitants
Area Code: (54)

Distances
Aparados da Serra National Park: 18 km (11 miles)
Serra Geral National Park: 22 km (14 miles)
Porto Alegre: 188 km (117 miles)
Praia Grande: 38 km (24 miles)
São Francisco de Paula: 71 km (44 miles)
Torres: 79 km (49 miles)
Gramado: 116 km (72 miles)
Criciúma: 145 km (90 miles)
Florianópolis: 330 km (205 miles)
Cambará do Sul by turismo.gov.br

 


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