Budget Travel Ideas in Porto AlegreEdit This
For budget seekers, Porto Alegre offers many opportunities to
stretch the dollar while simultaneously enjoying your trip. As the
largest urban center in Southern Brazil, Porto Alegre is a great blend
of Brazilian and Portuguese cultures, is one of the richest areas in
the country, has the highest literacy rate in the country, and is
widely thought to be the source of the most beautiful women in Brazil.
Budget Sights in Porto Alegre
are many free or inexpensive things to do in Porto Alegre. One popular
thing is watching the sunset, and with so many great vantage points,
you can enjoy it from somewhere new each day. Best viewed over the
city's main river - the Guaiba - Gasometro and Ipanema are great places
to watch the spectacle.
The MARGS, or museum of art, features a permanent collection, as well as rotating new exhibitions of Brazilian art. Admission is free here. Check out the Monumento aos Acorianos, honoring the initial settlers of the city with a 17-meter-high monument.
Parks are plentiful in the city and two of the best are Moinhos de Vento Park and Farroupilha Park. While Moinhos de Vento Park features nice jogging trails and a small lake, Farroupilha Park has a large auditorium that plays host to numerous concerts and political acts throughout the year. On Sundays, there is an antique fair here called Brique da Redencao.
Budget Dining in Porto Alegre
are many budget dining opportunities in Porto Alegre. Be sure to eat
plenty of Brazilian food for the best deals. Buffets are a great way to
go for the budget conscious traveler and prices can start as low as $3.
Try to eat at least one meal a day from street vendors to keep your
budget in check and try out some local offerings you may not find
Budget Lodging in Porto Alegre
many budget lodging options when in Porto Alegre. The Marechal Hotel,
located in the middle of downtown, has single rooms starting at just
$15, while the Hotel Ritz offers long term and short stay housing in
dorm style beds, singles and doubles with prices starting at just under
$20 a night.
Getting Around Porto Alegre on a Budget
the bus is a great way to get around the city on a budget. For a little
over a dollar ($.85 for second trip) visitors can ride the bus around
town to get to a variety of locations. Buses here are clean, safe and
quick, though the routes are not often well marked. The easiest way to
find which bus to take is to ask someone - try your hotel, tour guide
or other professional to get the best directions as to which bus to
take. Be sure to wave to the driver when you see the bus approach, as
otherwise they will not stop.
Walking is the most budget way to get around, although most areas of the city are too spread out to make it an effective means on its own. While you may want to walk and explore a neighborhood or downtown, getting from one neighborhood to another should be left to buses or taxis. Pedestrian crossings here are not followed by drivers so be very careful when crossing the street. Also, avoid walking at night, as it can be very dangerous.