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Located at latitude 29º41'03" South and longitude 53º48'25" West, the city stays at 151m of altitude. The estimated population in 2004 was 261 980 inhabitants.
Santa Maria has one of the largest Federal Universities of Brazil, the Federal University of Santa Maria (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria - UFSM). This institution currently has about 15.000 students involved in graduation and post-graduation activities.
Santa Maria is also known as "Cidade Cultura" (Culture City).
Park Hotel Morotin, RST 287 road - Km 6,2, ☎ 55 3226.5500 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Probably the best hotel in this area. More than 90 apartments and an event structure to receive about 1700 people simultaneously. Each apartment have phone with direct call and answering machine, air-conditioner, TV Directv with remote control and a small refrigerator. The hotel is about 5km from the city centre. The taxi fare is between R$15 and R$20. A single apartment costs about R$ 92,40 per day, a double costs R$ 132,00 and a triple costs about R$ 193,60. Note that this values can be modified during the year.edit
Hotel Continental, Benjamin Constant st, 1209. edit