Porto Alegre - RS

Basic Information

  • Population: 2,063,689 people
  • GDP per capita: R$ 41,345.11
  • Human Development Index (IDHM): 0.737
  • Source: IBGE

Porto Alegre is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the Southern Region. Anyone born in Rio Grande do Sul is a Gaúcho. Those born in Porto Alegre are Porto-alegrense. The city stands out for its diversified economy and political prominence, consolidating itself as an important cultural and economic hub on the national scene. No wonder it will host the G20 meetings in Brazil in 2024.

View of the stretch of the new Guaíba waterfront, one of the capital's main landmarks. Photo: Filipe Karam/PMPA


With a territorial area of 495,390 km2 and situated on the shores of Lake Guaíba, Porto Alegre enchants with its rich history, diverse architecture and pulsating cultural atmosphere. Its origins date back to Portuguese colonization and the influence of indigenous and African cultures.

The Historic Center preserves centuries-old buildings, such as the Public Market and the Mother Church, which tell the story of the city's history. In the more modern areas, contemporary skyscrapers blend with the skyline, reflecting economic growth.

The capital's natural beauty is marked by the splendor of the Guaíba. The sunset at Gasômetro, on the shores of the lake, is a daily spectacle. Redenção Park, with its tree-lined boulevards, offers a green haven in the heart of the metropolis for chimarrão and conversation.

Among the tourist attractions, the Santander Cultural Center, the Rio Grande do Sul Art Museum (MARGS), the Mário Quintana House of Culture and the Iberê Camargo Foundation stand out, providing an immersion in arts and culture. The Sítio do Laçador, opposite the airport, represents Rio Grande do Sul's gaúcha tradition. The bohemian district of Cidade Baixa, with its bars and nightclubs, bustles with the city's nightlife. And Bom Fim, another classic neighborhood, is home to a rich gastronomic and commercial offer.

Porto Alegre's cuisine reflects the richness of gaucho gastronomy. The traditional barbecue is an unmissable experience. The restaurants also offer typical dishes, such as arroz de carreteiro, reviving the traditions of the state's cuisine.

With a subtropical climate, the seasons are well defined. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are cold.

Porto Alegre is a city that harmonizes past and present, tradition and modernity. The metropolis has its doors wide open for those looking for an authentic experience in the south of Brazil.

Main tourist attractions

• Redenção Park (Farroupilha Park)

• Porto Alegre Public Market

• Gasômetro Power Station

• Matriz Square

• Cais do Porto (Port Quay)

• Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana (Mario Quintana House of Culture)

• Iberê Camargo Foundation

• Monumento aos Açorianos (Monument to the Azoreans)

• Theatro São Pedro



Discover the main historical, architectural and cultural attractions on a walk through the Historic Center. Visit the Public Market, the Mário Quintana House of Culture and Praça Matriz, with the majestic São Pedro Theater and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Finish at the Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana, the city's must-see attraction, enjoying a delicious coffee with one of the most beautiful views in town.


For lunch, the suggestion is to indulge in a traditional gaucho steakhouse, which is appreciated all over the world. Some offer musical performances and various cultural attractions.


Two ideal places to enjoy the sunset are the Usina do Gasômetro Cultural Center and the Cais Embarcadero (Embarcadero Pier), which has a food court and restaurants set in one of the old port warehouses.

A different way of getting to know the history of the capital is by taking a boat trip along the Guaíba. With regular departures, there are boats that are real floating cultural spaces.


The Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus is an essential link in the Amazon, facilitating the transport of people and goods, boosting trade, and connecting the region to the world. Its strategic importance stands out in the economic and logistical context, contributing to regional development.


Manaus City Hall

Government of the State of Amazonas

G20 events in Porto Alegre

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