How to Get to Porto Alegre and Gramado:
The International Airport in Porto Alegre operates a few international flights. Here is a list of Airlines that fly there:
But you can catch a connection flight from every capital in Brazil. From Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo there are more than two flights a day.
To learn which companies fly to these cities, see the “about” section of each city or scroll down below to the "Learn More About Related Destinations".
From Porto Alegre you can catch a transfer to Gramado and Canela.
Gramado is a municipality and small tourist town, at the southeast of Caxias do Sul and east of Nova Petrópolis, in the southern brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the Serra Gaúcha region. Gramado is served by two airports: Hugo Cantergiani Airport (CXJ) in Caxias do Sul and Salgado Filho International Airport (POA) in Porto Alegre. Porto Alegre is the Capital city of the State and one of the most important cities in the South of Brazil.
What to see:
Most people that visit Porto Alegre take their time to extend their trip to the beautiful “Serra Gaúcha”. The hills are close to Porto Alegre which houses Gramado and Canela as well as Bento Gonçalves.
Gramado e Canela, are known for the German architectural style, you can see it at the Palacio dos Festivais, Igreja de Pedra, Parque Caracol, Lago Negro and many other buildings and handcraft street fairs, where you can find different kinds of traditional sweets and food. From there you can get a little bit more acquainted with the Gáucho culture. Bento Gonçalves is, on the other hand, known for its wine.
Canela has a small city charm. Located in the in the middle pure nature, one of the touristic points of the city is a gothic style cathedral, called Igreja de Pedra. Beyond that you still have the streets filled with shops and cafes.
Climate and Temperature in Porto Alegre and Gramado:
The far south of Brazil is the coldest region in the country. But even the south of Brazil is not cold in the summer. Actually, in the summer is quite warm. The maximum temperature between December and February is 30 Degrees Celsius or 86 Degrees Fahrenheit. It gets progressively colder from March up until July, when the maximum average temperature is at is coldest at 19 Degrees Celsius or 66 Degrees Fahrenheit.
The Minimum average is around 20 Degrees Celsius or 68 Degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months and at a low of around 10 Degrees Celsius or 50 Fahrenheit between June and August.
There isn’t a rainy season/dry season. It rains less than one third of the month throughout the whole year with very little variation.
Average Minimum and Maximum Temperature Over The Year In Celsius
Average Minimum and Maximum Temperature Over The Year In Fahrenheit
Average Rainy Days
*Graphs courtesy of World Wheather & Climate Information
The best time to go to Porto Alegre and Gramado:
The cities' high season is winter, from June to September, when the temperatures are lower. But the end of year is also very famous for its shows during Natal Luz “Christmas Light”.
What to try from the Porto Alegre and Gramado's local cuisine:
Fondue: A classic Swiss recipe. Use flavored breads like focaccia, olive breads or breadsticks and, for a different flavored fondue, use other cheeses or a mix of mozzarella, dolcelatte and parmesan.
Colonial Breakfast: You will be delighted, a big table full of different types of traditional dishes from the region, such as homemade breads, all types of fruits jam, cheeses, salami, smoked sausage and much more.
Local Time is UCT/GMT – 3. During Daylight savings, from mid-october through mid-February. Exact dates vary as the time change is always on Saturdays.
Currency is the same all over Brazil - BRL – R$ - Brazilian Reais. Pronounced as Re-eyes (plural) or Re-owl (singular). No establishment accepts payment in any currency other than BRL.
Tap water is not drinkable. You should only drink bottled water. That is what you’ll be served when you ask for “water” anywhere you go.