Porto Alegre, which was founded in 1742, is the largest city in the southern region of Brazil. It is located on the Guaiba River and is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The city is known for its active nightlife and excellent restaurants, and it’s typically less crowded than the larger, more tourist-oriented cities such as Sao Paulo or Rio. When planning a trip, consider that the weather in Porto Alegre Brazil is warm during the summer months with temperatures ranging from 75 to 95 degrees. The southern and southeastern portion of Brazil, which includes Porto Alegre, experiences much cooler winters than other cities with temperatures ranging from 35 to 59 degrees.
There are many places of interest to visit in Porto Alegre Brazil, including the botanical gardens, Park da Redencao, and the Museum of Science and Technology, just to name a few. The Rio Grande do Sul Art Museum with its many art exhibits is one attraction that should not be missed. For a cultural night out, the Maria Quintana House provides a variety of entertainment venues. Transportation in and around Porto Alegre Brazil includes rental cars, cabs, inner city buses as well as long distance buses making sightseeing, shopping, dining, and visits to local markets and area attractions convenient.
Porto Alegre provides plenty of opportunities for a night out on the town with an abundance of nightclubs and bars with music and dancing that remain open very late. There are numerous restaurants and cafes offer a wide selection of regional and international menus, and the city’s location away from the largest tourist centers in the country means that it’s typically cheaper to visit as well, so a nice meal may be more within your budget here.
When it comes to interesting things to do, Porto Alegre Brazil has an abundance of attractions. For hiking enthusiasts, the Serra Gaucha Mountain range provides a scenic hike through lush landscape and panoramic views of the city once you reach the apex. Hiking is best in the summer months when the temperatures are moderate and there is no chance of snow. A short distance from Porto Alegre is the Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra that features lush tropical plants, waterfalls, and over sixty stunning canyons. The national park has short and long hiking trails suited for all ages and levels of hiking experience.
While taking in all that Brazil has to offer, included is exploring, swimming, snorkeling, and jet skiing in the cool ocean waters, and secluded pools along the coastline. Diving is also a popular vacation adventure but only allowed for those with a diving certification.
The biggest festival of the year celebrated throughout Brazil is the Carnival festival. During the multi-day event, cities all around Brazil come alive with parades, music, dancing, singing, and elaborate costumes and headdresses. The largest Carnival festival takes place in Rio de Janeiro followed by festivities in Salvador. The gala festival takes place prior to Easter in March. Plans for the next Carnival are already underway.
When planning your next vacation, consider visiting Porto Alegre Brazil during Carnival time. Many of the hotels in the city offer special vacation packages during this time so travelers from around the world can enjoy the culture and entertainment displayed at the historic festival.
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