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Rio Grande do Sul

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Quick Facts
Capital Porto Alegre
Government Brazilian State
Currency Real (R$) (BRL)
Area 281,748 km2
Population 10,770,603 (2012 est.)
Language Official: Portuguese
Regionally Spoken: Guarani, Kaingang, German, Polish,
Religion Christianity (majority), native religions (minority)
Electricity In general 127V/60Hz with some cities using 220V/60Hz (North American or European plug)
Time Zone UTC -3/-2

Rio Grande do Sul is the southernmost state in Brazil, and borders Uruguay and Argentina.



Regiões de Rio Grande do Sul
Central West
Famous for paleontological tourism along the "Paleorrota"
Central East
Metropolitan Region of Porto Alegre


  • Porto Alegre - The city of the World Social Forum
  • Bagé - The queen of the "fronteira"
  • Carazinho
  • 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.
  • ‎Passo Fundo
  • Pelotas
  • Rio Grande - The state´s oldest city
  • Santa Maria - The geographical heart of Rio Grande do Sul
  • São Leopoldo

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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 Salgado 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 pretty safe and comfortable.

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