Welcome to Santo Ângelo
This small, pleasant city in the far-flung northwestern trenches of Rio Grande do Sul is steeped in gaúcho culture – chimarrão (maté tea), churrasco (barbecue) and música sertaneja (a type of southern Brazilian country music) seeps from the pores of its easygoing streets and avenues. The impressive cathedral on Praça da Catedral is a contemporary replica of the church at São Miguel das Missões and casts a gorgeous rust-orange glow over the center of town at sunrise. A few blocks north, the Monumento ao Índio remembers Sepé Tiaraju, the leader of the indigenous resistance during the Guarani War.
Santo Ângelo is the regional transportation hub and jumping-off point for exploring the Brazilian missions along the Rota Missôes (Mission Route).