Ilha do Mel

One of Brazil’s most relaxing islands, blessed with little development and no cars.

Iguaçu Falls

No trip to the South is complete without a visit to these breathtaking falls.

Old-world settlements

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.

Florianópolis beaches

Known as one of Brazil’s surfing hot spots, Florianópolis offers plenty of calm swimming beaches as well.

Churrascarias

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.

São Miguel

The fine Jesuit ruins of São Miguel are dramatically sited in the sparsely inhabited interior of Rio Grande do Sul.

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