Ilha do Mel
One of Brazil’s most relaxing islands, blessed with little development and no cars.
No trip to the South is complete without a visit to these breathtaking falls.
Head to the rural south for enduring influences of European pioneer settlers such as Ukrainions in Serra do Tigre, Germans in Pomerode and Italians in the Vale dos Vinhedos.
Known as one of Brazil’s surfing hot spots, Florianópolis offers plenty of calm swimming beaches as well.
Choose from a staggering selection of cuts at these popular barbecue houses – two outstanding options are Na Brasa and Galpão Crioulo in Porto Alegre.
Rio Grande do Sul’s cattle country
For a taste of gaúcho life the highlands around Cambará do Sul or stay at a historic charqueada outside Pelotas or on a working cattle estância near Bagé.
The fine Jesuit ruins of São Miguel are dramatically sited in the sparsely inhabited interior of Rio Grande do Sul.