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The affluent Brazilian city of Porto Alegre is known for its charming mix of cultures and modern infrastructure. Straddling the banks of Lagoa dos Patos, the largest lagoon in Brazil, Porto Alegre is one of the country’s major transportation hubs. Its port is among the biggest in the nation. Strong academic facilities, forward-thinking leaders and a stable economic climate have helped shape its reputation as a center for the arts, culture and global business.
Begin your stay in the city by acquainting yourself with its many neighborhoods. Hop aboard the Linha Turismo scenic bus to see the city from the open-air top deck. The trip takes about 80 minutes and meanders past all the major sites in Porto Alegre. Snap a photo of the Santuáriu Mãe de Deus, a church known for its modern architecture. Learn about the original people of Porto Alegre as you pass the Monumento aos Açorianos.
Visit the city’s prominent cultural institutions to discover the creative works from locals. Explore the Fundação Iberê Camargo, the city’s key contemporary art gallery. Spend a half-day at MARGS (Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul), the local museum of art, before heading to the banks of the Rio Guaía in time for sunset. Here you’ll find the Usina do Gasômetro, a converted 1920s power plant that hosts theater and art events. Mingle with locals gathered on the grass outside to watch the sun go down.
Be aware that the city struggles with multiple types of crime. Take appropriate cautions, such as using the Lotação network of public vans or the Linha Turismo sightseeing buses as primary modes of transportation.
Plan for mild winter or hot, humid summer weather. Travel by bus, plane or boat to the nearby city of Guaiba and then rent a car or take the bus to Porto Alegre. You can also reach the city by flying into Salgado Filho International Airport, located about 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of downtown.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Bourbon Shopping and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moinhos de Vento Park and Porto Alegre Public Market. CIEE Theater and Church of Black Madonna of Częstochowa are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Navegantes, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Museum of VARIG and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Moinhos de Vento Park. Novo DC Theater and DC Navegantes Shopping are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Porto Alegre, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Medical History of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre Public Market, and Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art. Sao Pedro Theater and Moinhos de Vento Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Our Lady of the Rosary Church and Porto Alegre Public Market. Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art and Sao Pedro Theater are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Porto Alegre, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Lacador Statue and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of VARIG and Bourbon Shopping. DC Navegantes Shopping and Novo DC Theater are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Porto Alegre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brazilian Navy Park and Praia de Belas Shopping. Beira-Rio Stadium and Farroupilha Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Mont'Serrat, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Anchieta College and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moinhos de Vento Park and Porto Alegre Public Market. Shiga Park and CIEE Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Lacador Statue and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of VARIG and Novo DC Theater. CIEE Theater and Church of Black Madonna of Częstochowa are also within 3 mi (5 km).