Set in the heartland of Brazil’s deep south, Porto Alegro is the latin-infused hub on the doorstep of South America’s cowboy country.

The biggest urban centre in southern Brazil, Porto Alegro is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul and home to 1.5 million people known as Gauchos.

It’s Brazil in bloom. Porto Alegre’s Botanical Gardens is this town’s number one oasis. It features an exotic cacti garden, a swan lake and a palm woodland all adding to the air of a true horticultural haven.



With its dramatic natural backdrop on the shores of Lake Guaiba, Porto Alegre is famed for its peach melba sunsets. Come June and July (winter in Brazil) expect the action to kick off around 17:30.

Piercing the blue skies with its ivory steeples, the Nossa Senhora das Dores church has been a meeting point in Porto Alegre for over two hundred years. Just as impressive as its façade is the church’s exquisitely restored nave.

While their costumes might be more prevalent than the real thing, Porto Alegro sits in the heartland of Gaucho country. The South American cowboys hail from the Pampas grasslands of Argentina, Uruguay and the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Porto Alegre hosts France vs Honduras on Sunday 15 June, Australia vs Netherlands on Wednesday 18 June, Korea Republic vs Algeria on Sunday 22 June and Nigeria vs Argentina on Wednesday 25 June

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