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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 Cafe in Santo Ângelo

Kemper’s Haus

This decadent cafe and chocolataria makes for a mighty fine stop for a sweet treat (we're partial to the Italian merengue and doce de leite–topped Avenida Briefing brownie), espresso or a small but excellent menu of…
Ruins in Rota Missões

Sitio Arqueológico São Nicolau São Lourenço Mártir

In 1690, a group from the Argentine reduction of Santa Maria founded São Lourenço Mártir. It is located about 18km west of the turnoff to São Miguel das Missões, 9km north off the road to São Luiz Gonzaga (Hwy BR-28…
Church in Santo Ângelo

Catedral Angelopolitana

A homage to São Miguel Arcanjo, this 1929 sandstone church dominates the plaza with its intriguing mix of baroque, Renaissance and Guarani architecture and Valentim Von Adamovich's sculptures honoring the patrons of…
Craft Beer in Santo Ângelo

Armazém Coruja

Count on Santa Catarina brews like Cerveja Coruja, Saint Bier and Barco as well select local suds on the four taps at Santo Ângelo's most intimate bar, a small but cozy affair with dimmed basket lighting.
Museum in São Miguel Das Missões

Museu das Missões

Designed by Lúcio Costa of Brasília fame, this museum contains an impressive collection of religious artifacts that were rescued from the ruins.
Ruins in Rota Missões

Sitio Arqueológico São Nicolau

About 120km west of Santo Ângelo, this mission was once an artistic center, producing painting, ceramics and wood sculpture. Today, all that remains at the archaeological site is the Jesuits’ stone wine cellar and a…
Museum in Santo Ângelo

Museu Municipal Dr José Olavo Machado

A small but well-done municipal museum housing several rooms of historical artifacts (including an epic accounting machine), agricultural tools, sculpture and pottery. It also includes a scale model of the last of t…
Church in Rota Missões

Santuário de Caaró

About 20km west of São Miguel, the Santuário de Caaró is the place where the region’s spiritual history is most alive. A modest monument honors three priests who were killed by bandeirantes in 1626. One of the victi…
Churrascaria in Santo Ângelo

Churrascaria do Chico

We're not sure what's more difficult, finding a restaurant open for Sunday lunch or finding a seat at the one that is! But everybody's favorite restaurant in town is good for any meal, with a range of buffet and bar…