Caxias do Sul - A charming city noted for its many industries, particularly bus manufacturing (Marco Polo) and truck trailers (Randon). The city is growing rapidly and has many fine restaurants and some interesting night life, including the Mississippi Blues Bar - right out of Mississippi with pictures from the Crossroads, the birthplace of the blues.
The best way to get to Rio Grande do Sul is to fly to Porto Alegre (Salgado Filho Airoport) from Sao Paulo or Rio where most international flights to Brazil arrive.
From Porto Alegre you can get anywhere else in Rio Grande do Sul by rental car, or by taking a guided tour. From Salagado Filho Airport you can take the Trensurb tram to the city center of Porto Alegre or get off in the Rodoviaria Station (Coach station) from which you can continue to many other destinations - the buses are prety safe and confortable.