Porto Alegre and Veranópolis
14.12.2009 - 15.01.2010
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The strange thing about Brazil is they have bipolar electricity. In the big cities, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre, you will find the voltage is 110. However when you move to the countryside and smaller cities like Veranópolis the voltage changes to 220.
So if you come to Brazil and your charger, for example of your mobile phone, is not bipolar better bring a converter with you if you are planning on staying in a big city.
Porto Alegre is a harbor town of about 3 million inhabitants situated on the Baia de Guiaba and home of the famous football club Gremio
It is not a very touristic town, although it has some nice places to visit. Like the museums in the centre or the Jardim Botãnico, which shows you all the nature in and around Rio Grande do Sul.
Veranópolis is a smaller city in the mountainous area of Rio Grande do Sul. One of the best known places in this town is the Restaurante Giratório. This restaurant has a revolving diner room, where you enjoy the landscape in 360 degrees view while you are eating your Italian style meal. Veranópolis has a lot of descendants from Italian origin, where as the nearby city Novo Hamburgo has a lot of descendants; well you guessed it, of German origin.
It has two churches, the main church in the city centre and nearby the more intimate church: Gruta N.S. Des Lourdes. Inside the church the altar is made from natural stone to create the illusion of the famous cave in Lourdes, France
The town is a very tranquil and lovely place, where cars still stop for crossing pedestrians, a phenomena not always known in the bigger cities like Porto Alegre. The surrounding area is as the town itself beautiful.
The mountainous area is very green and has a lot of cascades you can visit. But be aware; as soon as you leave the main road you might find there are only dirt roads to be found. When visiting in the summer this will not be a problem for your normal town car, although it might get a bit dirty, but in the winter when there is rain, I am not so sure if your town car won’t get stuck.