Monday, November 25, 2013

Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul

Hello everyone,

This week I introduce you to Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, the 5th most popular, and the southernmost state in Brazil. It is the birthplace of famous people like the supermodel Gisele Bündchen, the soccer player Ronaldinho Gaúcho* and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. The state is the home of Beira Rio stadium, with capacity for 48,849 soccer fans, it will host 5 games during the World Cup. 
*Gaúcho is the name given to those born in Rio Grande do Sul and have a particular culture and lifestyle that you only see in that state of Brazil.
Porto Alegre by Revista Viajar
Border with Argentina and Uruguay the state is different from anything you've heard about Brazil, beginning with the cold weather and the landscape, Rio Grande do Sul is a very traditional state, its process of colonization was late, until 1807 the state belonged to Spain while most of the country belonged to Portugal. They've battled hard to become independent from Brazil in the past. It's main characteristics are the heritage from the colonization process made by Italian, German and Polish farmers. You can notice that on the architecture, by the Gaúcho accent, their appearance, clothing, and cultural characteristics. 
There is a lot to see in this beautiful state, and I will make sure to tell it all.

Airport: Salgado Filho International Airport
Distance from other capitals: 
  • Curitiba - 714 km
  • São Paulo - 1122 km
  • Rio de Janeiro - 1573 km 
  • Belo Horizonte - 1724 km
  • Brasília - 2113 km

Weather: Because of its location on the south, Rio Grande do Sul tends to be, most of the time, colder than other capitals during the months of winter, June, July and August. In some cases we can even experience some light snow. Click here to check the climate in Porto Alegre.

Beira Rio Stadium by copa2014rs
Let's review the dates and games* that will be played in Porto Alegre:
  • 15 June - France x Honduras
  • 18 June - Australia x Netherlands
  • 22 June - Korea Republic x Algeria
  • 25 June - Nigeria x Argentina
  • 30 June - Round of 16 - 1G x 2H

Beira Rio address: Av. Padre Cacique, 891 - Menino Deus - Porto Alegre, RS

*After the groups have been decided, on December 6th, the information above about the games will be updated.

To learn more about other host cities and stadiums click here.

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