FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More
Porto Alegre's hallmark is the hospitality of its people, a trait that has been acknowledged over and over by visitors, earning it the nickname "Smile City." The capital of one of Brazil's wealthiest states, it has many streets lined with jacaranda trees that create violet tunnels when in full spring bloom.
The city was founded on the banks of the Rio Guaíba in 1772 by immigrants from the
Azores. The Guaíba is actually a 50-km-long (31-mile-long) lagoon formed by four rivers that merge a few miles upstream from the city. The city has an important port, connected to the Atlantic by the Lagoa dos Patos.
The cradle of the prosperous Vale do Itajaí region, Blumenau is a pleasant city of more than 300,000, with clean streets and friendly people...
Gramado's "smaller sister" is quieter and more low-profile. Brazilians immediately associate this city with the beautiful Caracol Waterfall...