Porto Alegre City Information

Mário Quintana House of Culture in Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre translates directly to "Happy Harbor" and is the eleventh most populous city in Brazil, with more than 4M people and is also the capital city of the Southern most state of Rio Grande do Sul.  The harbor is actually a giant freshwater lagoon navigable by even the largest of ships.  Like many harbor based cities, it is wealthy and one of the most wealthy cities in Brazil.  It has hosted the World Social Forum.  It is subtropical zone, with summer temperatures often rising above 90F.   The city is located at the junction of five rivers, and is one of the chief industrial and commercial centers in Brazil.  One of the most famous foods of Brazil, the churrasco (slow-grilled and -roasted meat), originated in Rio Grande do Sul. The traditional beverage is the "erva mate" which is hot tea like beverage that is shared amoung a group of people.   Watch out, it can contain contain 3-5 times the caffine of a cup of coffee!  The main airport is Salgado Filho International Airport (POA).

Parque Natural Morro do Osso
Parque Natural Morro do Osso
Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe
Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe
Steam World Park in Canelas
Steam World Park in Canelas
Piratini Palace
Piratini Palace
Julio de Castilhos Museum
Julio de Castilhos Museum
Ciencias Naturais Fundacao Zoobotanica Museum
Ciencias Naturais Fundacao Zoobotanica Museum
Saint Peter Theater in Porto Alegre
Saint Peter Theater in Porto Alegre
Piratini Palace
Piratini Palace
Jardim Botanico de Porto Alegre
Jardim Botanico de Porto Alegre
Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe
Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe
Parque Nacional da Serra Geral
Parque Nacional da Serra Geral
Farroupilha Park in Porto Alegre
Farroupilha Park in Porto Alegre
Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra
Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra
Julio de Castilhos Museum
Julio de Castilhos Museum
Parque Nacional da Serra Geral
Parque Nacional da Serra Geral
Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe
Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe