Day Trips in Porto Alegre

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Porto Alegre literally means "Joyous Port" and is truly a must-see destination. The culture and lifestyle here are simply breath taking. Porto Alegre is the 11th most crowded municipality in Brazil and is the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state of the country.

Bento Goncalves

The entrance to the city is similar to a giant barrel of wine since the city is the main producer of fine wine and thus the Capital of Wine. It is about 120 km, or a couple of hours drive, from Porto Alegre. As locals say, the museum is the museum of immigrants since the people who first settled the area were Italians. It has collections of artistically made sculptures and fine pieces of ceramic craftsmanship. Visitors will be fascinated learning about how they incorporate history in this museum through paintings and other artifacts.

Igreja de São Bento

This church lies 200 km from Bento Goncalves. The architectural shape of the structure resembles a kite and it has the capacity to hold up to a thousand guests inside. You may be able to see the gold plated Statue of Saint Benedict since it was built by Benedictines. This is the only church in the region built that sports a mezzanine. From the ancient times, whenever a mass is being held, the rich people stay in the mezzanine while the other classes stay below them. The sanctity of the church remains the same.  Popular legend says, passing through this church will bless your travel.

Mercado Público

You might want to drop by the Public Market of Pelotas known as Mercado Publico. It is a distinct building that you might not be able to recognize as a Public Market.  From the historic artifacts and vibrant scenes , this also a haven for general merchandise and food. As they always say, you can have a glimpse of the Brazilian culture through their own delicacies.  It is a 2 to 3-hour drive from Porto Alegre.

Costa Lagoa

A few hours from Porto Alegre is Florianopolis’s most famous coast.  You will enjoy the beauty of its crystal clear water and Atlantic forest. It is worth your time though it is quite far from Porto Alegre. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture wonderful sights and remember to wear comfortable walking shoes.

There are so many places that you can visit in Brazil and the places mentioned here are just a few of the many interesting ones that travelers can visit near Porto Alegre, which showcases the richness of Brazilian history and culture. 

Contributor: Sameera Kumar

January 26, 2010 change by schitti

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