Salgado Filho International Airport is the largest in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and one of the most important in Brazil. Around 5 million passengers pass through the airport each year. It offers domestic flights to most major destinations in Brazil and also has some international flights to places like Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. It's located 6 miles from the center of Porto Alegre and you can get there by bus or taxi. The latter isn't exactly a cheap option, so be sure to negotiate the price with the driver beforehand. The airport has car rental counters from all the biggest companies (Hertz, Avis, Locate, United Lemmans, Luxcar) and there's a 24-hour business center which has banks, a change bureau, a post office, ATMs, a VIP lounge, public telephones, wifi, and more. For shopping, it has souvenir stands and of course duty free. There are no hotels in the airport itself, but there are shuttles available to take you to the closest hotels. I recommend the VIP room (just look at the picture!).
The name - happy port - sounds like a promise and indeed, Puerto Alegre is one of the most dynamic cities in Brazil, quite different from the cosmopolitan beach destinations the country is famous for. The state of Rio Grande do Sul was colonised mainly by Italians and Germans, so people are mostly white, and the city is in many ways quite European. If you want to take a tour of the historical part of the city, I recommend visiting the Central Market, a neoclassical nineteen century building with shops of all kinds, restaurants and bars. Glênio Peres Square, next to the market, is always full of people and vendors.
I was surprised to find myself suddenly in front of a huge fountain, a gift from the Spanish, made with ceramics from Talavera de la Reina. Another thing that surprised me was a cultural center, lllamado Usina do Gasometer, installed in the headquarters building of the power plant that supplies the capital. The interior of the building has been redesigned to accommodate all kinds of cultural activities. When I went, they were rehearsing a play and a dance group was also practicing their choreography. You have to climb to the terrace, which offers fabulous views of the Rio Guaiba.
In 2012, the Grêmio moved to the Olmpic stadium, to the do Grêmio Arena. The new tricolor stadium was opened with a big party, worthy of one of the best clubs in Brazil. Despite the sadness of leaving the old stadium, the new field was welcomed. For someone used to the old stadium in Azenha the change was great. The new stadium was built at the entrance of the city, in the Humait neighbourhood. Now, to get to Porto Alegre, either by car or plane, you can see across the stadium. The Arena do Grêmio is very beautiful with blue chairs and a modern structure, the stadium is one of the best in the country. Grêmio hosts matches, and also accommodates concerts and other events. Anyone who likes football and will go through Porto Alegre, need to include the Arena on the route. To reach the stadium you can opt for public transport or drive. If you are visiting the stadium the day of the party, consider the heavy movement. The Arena is a spectacle! Little Gem!
I have never seen a building like this in the very centre of a city! It has several towers, in addition to some carvings on the exterior walls. It was designed by the architect Joao Batista Giovenale. The main dome is about 65 metres high and 18 metres in diameter ... it's hard to imagine how large it is without seeing it in person! There are lots of trees in front of the church, which is set in a pleasant, quiet square. I recommend taking an afternoon to visit the cathedral and the nearby monuments, like Porto Alegre Piratini Palace, the Marechal Deodoro, Teatro San Pietro and Farroupilha Palace ... I recommend spending an afternoon to visit these monuments. You can see the Cathedral, even if you are making a boat trip on Guaba; its size makes it easily recognizable.
The Beira-Rio Stadium was the 2014 World Cup host in Porto Alegre, and is home to the Sport Club Internacional. To host the World Cup, the stadium was completely renovated and became one of the most beautiful in the world. I have been to several World Cup matches in the stadium and I really find it very beautiful and practical. Both the inside and infrastructure worked very well during the event, with the colourful external lights, giving it a special touch. Inside, after the reform, all the chairs were painted red, the color of the club. The stadium is on the Guaba and is easy access for those coming from outside Porto Alegre and those who come from the city. The field is near two shopping centers in the capital Gacha well: the Barra Shopping and Praia de Belas. People tend to leave their vehicles in malls, and go from there. Who are visiting Porto Alegre and likes football on the route must add the Beira-Rio, as well as the Arena do Grmio. The rivalry between the two clubs is so strong, that it has made the two teams have the two most beautiful stadiums in Brazil.
This park is a place for both adults and children. Here you can find runners, walkers, children on the playground, and others just relaxing in the shade. It's in a busy area of town, but it's actually very quiet, and you can hear the birds sing overhead.
Praca da Matriz is in the center of the State of Rio Grande do Sul and also one of the most photographed squares of Porto Alegre. In its surroundings is the Palácio Piratini (headquarters of the State Executive Power, a large sumptuous building), the building of the Legislative Assembly, the Public Ministry palace, the Justice Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Theater St. Peter and other old buildings. In has been for centuries a political center as well as an important point for culture and religion. The square was a public place since the creation of the city of Porto Alegre, in the eighteenth century, having changed it's name several times, suffering many reforms and remodels, and having it's surroundings change dramatically. Today the Monument to Julius de Castilhos stands out amid the colourful, leafy trees of spring. Unfortunately, the square suffers from vandalism, it's beauty remains as all the photographers of the city have at least once captured images of the monument with the cathedral in the background. Located in the historical center of the city, h 3 blocks from bustling Andradas.
Porto Alegre is a city known for its various parks, squares, and gardens. Among these greens spaces, the Botanical Garden is located in the district of the same name. It is one of the largest botanical gardens in Brazil, open to the public since 1958, and covering an area of about 39 hectares. In the garden you can see the Museum of Natural Sciences, and the administrative offices of the Zoological and Botanical Foundation of Rio Grande do Sul (FZB), which is also in charge of the zoo in Sapucaia do Sul.
In spring or summer, the garden is at its most beautiful, full of trees and flowers. The place has the perfect light to take pictures of the beautiful landscape. The garden also hosts various cultural events and temporary exhibitions. I like coming here to take photos, read books, or drink mate with my friends. It's open from 8 to 17h. The visit is not free; you must make a symbolic offering. R $ 2.00 for adults and $ 1.00 for those with student card. Children under 12 years are free.
I really like to visit markets, and I came to this public market in Porto Alegre where I bought a kilo of mate and some spices. Here, in the historic centre of the city, you can really feel the essence of the place as you see merchants coming and going, trying to sell their fish and many other products. There's an artisan market as well as places selling freshly prepared food. Highly recommended.
In the park, there is a main trail and several secondary trails that can be guided by park rangers, in groups or alone. On foot you can see the species of the local flora and fauna. The Morro do Osso, which gives its name to the park, is about 143 meters high and stands on the sidelines of the Guaiba Lake, a natural area of approximately 220 hectares. Between late 2003, and early 2004, Kaingang occupied the west end of the hill, because of the existence of an archaeological site of an Indian burial ground. Hence the name, Morro do Osso! Upon reaching the top, the view of Porto Alegre is rewarding.
There are many beautiful attractions in Porto Alegre, the most important of which is the Laçador Statue at the entrance of the city. It's a statue of a gaucho dressed in traditional clothes with a rope in his right hand, and is the symbol of the city.
Two of the other top things to see in Porto Alegre are the Usina Gasmetro and the sunset in the Guaiba. As for architecture, you'll find many centuries-old buildings with different architectural styles in the downtown area. For example, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Curia Metropolitana, the Palácio Piratini and the Teatro de Sao Pedro all rank among the top places to visit in Porto Alegre. Porto Alegre Brazil Temple is also one of the most-visited Porto Alegre attractions and its 990 square meters of white granite has two rooms for ceremonies and is a very popular setting for weddings.
For more relaxing stuff to do in Porto Alegre, you can visit one of the many parks, like Moinhos de Vento Park, the Farroupilha Park and Parque Marinha do Brazil. For cultural tourism, it's worth visiting the Art Museum of Rio Grande do Sul, the Museum of Science and Technology PUCRS, and the Ibere Camargo Foundation. One of the most popular Porto Alegre activities is visiting the paleontology workshops and museums located throughout the region.
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