Welcome to Rio Grande do Sul

Brazil’s southernmost state is its most culturally distinct, home to an independently minded population steeped in cattle herding and cowboy culture. Gaúchos, as residents of Rio Grande do Sul are known, are a fiercely proud and traditional lot. In the countryside, it is not unusual to see old-timers sporting wide-brimmed hats and other traditional dress. And everywhere – even in the cosmopolitan capital of Porto Alegre – locals suck down chimarrão, the distinctive, traditional tea made from the maté plant.

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$20 Tours & Sightseeing

Gramado and Canela Hop-On Hop-Off

The operation starts at 8:15am until 6:30pm and you can start your tour from any point, at any time between these hours!The vehicles are wheelchair accessible and there are space for 3 bikes if you want to explore Serra Gaúcha from both ways.We are the official hop-on hop-off bus from the south of Brazil. The route includes attractive and touristic points from both cities: Gramado and Canela.Our double decked bus provide an informative and entertaining commentary, so you can get to know the history of the cities and local insights.

$31 Tours & Sightseeing

Gramado and Canela Full-Day Guided City Tour with Black Lake

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 and 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.You will take less than 20 min to go from Gramado to Canela. It is quite close, less than 4.35 miles separating both cities.Canela has a small city charm. Located in the in the middle of 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.At all stops, you will have around 40 - 60 min, depending on the size of the group.

$104 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wineries of the South, Maria Fumaça Train and Italian Epic Park

After hotels pick up, you will take about 2 hours until reaching the vineyards, whose excellence of wines is known nationally and internationally. Discover the heritage from the italian immigrants, passing through the vineyards region. In this tour you'll know the history of the Italian settlers, their habits, customs and architecture.Embark on the Maria Fumaça Train, which runs the way between the cities of Bento Gonçalves and Carlos Barbosa, offering typical Italian show, tarantela and tasting of grape juice and sparkling wine. You will also visit a winery of colonial wines in Caxias do Sul, where we will know the entire manufacturing procedure and taste the wines, juices and sparkling wines.The tour continues through the Italian Epic Park, where you will be guided by Lázaro or Rosa in nine real-size settings, experiencing great moments and exciting stories.It´s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for wine lovers and even for those who have never tried a good wine! After the last stop, tourists will get back to the bus and return to their respective hotels

$34.59 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Snowland General Admission Ticket

Visit: SnowlandSnowland in Gramado is a theme park that allows you to experience winter even if you're in Brazil! The kids will love it, especially the ice skating rink and ski simulator. Adults can enjoy the shopping center or Avalanche Bar and Restaurant. There's something for everyone! Your ticket includes (see attraction hours under the itinerary field): • Admission to Snowland, the shopping center, recreation area and Avalanche Bar and Restaurant • Admission to the ski simulator (minimum 1.35m / 4'3" tall) • Snow clothes rental for 2 hours to enter the snow area (pants, jacket, helmet, boots, gloves) • Access to Snowplay Snow Castle • Access to the Hot Coffee • Access to tubing • Access to the bumper cars (5 minutes) • Admission to Flokus: The Snow Origin Show • Access to the ice skating rink (20 minutes)

$94 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Gramado Gaucho Night with Brazilian Barbecue Dinner and Show

Begin the evening with pickup from your hotel by driver/guide. Prepare to immerse yourself in the traditions of the gaucho during this three-hour evening. Start your evening with the ceremonial offering of chimarrao, an iconic drink made of tea leaves. Drinking of chimarrao is meant to create a social bond, a perfect way to lay the foundation for the evening ahead. Savor its taste and the special memory this ritual of community. Feast on a delicious Brazilian barbecue at a local barbecue house. Enjoy the wide variety and styles of meats that Brazilian barbecues are famous for. Get ready to clap your hands and stomp your feet to the live music of the folklore show that follows. See dancers take the floor and perform. Be treated to classical dance, such as the fandango and more.Return provided to your hotel following the show.

$53 Transfers & Ground Transport

Porto Alegre Airport to Gramado, Canela Hotels Shared Shuttle

You’ll be met at the airport and taken directly to your hotel or vice-versa. An English-speaking representative will greet you when you clear airport customs. Transfers are available both round-trip or one-way. Ensure safe and convenient transportation arriving or departing Porto Alegre Airport. Leave the work to the staff that will meet you at the airport or hotel, and relax on your quiet and comfortable transport. Optional city tour following pick-up is available as alternate tour grade at booking.Note: Your English-speaking driver will handle your transport to his fullest potential upon receiving your airline or hotel information.

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