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Top Choice Canyon in Cambará do Sul

Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra

Located 18km southeast of Cambará do Sul, this magnificent park occupies 102.5 sq km on the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. It's here that vast, uninspired pasturelands give way to a series of s…
Top Choice Brazilian in Vale Dos Vinhedos

Valle Rustico

Wine country's best restaurant sits down a lonely and dark Vale dos Vinhedos dirt road – don't worry, it's open – where you'll find a wood-beamed dining room in the basement of a house and a lovely patio. Local chef…
Top Choice Canyon in Cambará do Sul

Parque Nacional da Serra Geral

Parque Nacional da Serra Geral, 23km east of Cambará do Sul, contains canyons that rival Itaimbezinho. The Cânion da Fortaleza is an 8km stretch of escarpment with 900m drops. A gently inclining Trilha do Mirante le…
Top Choice Seafood in Cambará do Sul

Restaurante do Lago

Chef Marcos Barberi pumps a ton of personality into his restaurant with a rustic, fireplace-warmed space full of antique furniture, colorful knickknacks and friendly demeanor. The speciality is fresh trout, prepared…
Top Choice Cafe in Porto Alegre

Agridoce Café

Don't judge a cafe by its facade! Enter the fascinating Victorian-vintage world of Agridoce and you'll quickly learn which Southern Brazilian cafe is hogging all of the personality. With walls adorned with a dissect…
Top Choice Italian in Porto Alegre

Atelier das Massas

Crammed with as much character as artisanal pasta, this dive-like pasta bar should go on your immediate to-do list – never mind the curmudgeon old school servers. There's an irresistible antipasti buffet (per kg R$1…
Top Choice Italian in Vale Dos Vinhedos

Mamma Gema

Unlike many of the trattorias in the region, Mamma focuses on quality, not quantity, and is a mainstay in Vale dos Vinhedos. The owner, a former professional footballer, harvests his own wild mushrooms for use in pe…
Top Choice Ruins in São Miguel Das Missões

Sítio Arqueológico São Miguel Arcanjo

The most moving of the Brazilian missions, this elegant church, designed by an Italian architect who was also a Jesuit friar, earned Unesco World Heritage status in 1984. It's surrounded by the ruins of the Jesuit s…
Top Choice Church in Canela

Catedral de Pedra

Bigger and more dramatic than Gramado's stone church, this English Gothic stone cathedral dominates Canela's main square.
Top Choice Waterfall in Canela

Parque Estadual do Caracol

The major attraction of Parque Estadual do Caracol, 9km from Canela, is the spectacular Cascata do Caracol, a 131m waterfall. It’s particularly attractive in the morning sun, when the water sparkles as it cascades o…