Porto Alegre: an encounter with nature

Porto Alegre seen from Morro Santa Tereza Credit: Felipe Valduga

Porto Alegre or POA, as is best known for, is the capital of Rio Grande Sul,southern Brazil. Inhabited by indigenous tribes tapuias in the past, belonged legally to the Spanish and was founded only in March of 1772. It’s population, based on the data of IBGE in 2016, would be today around 1.481.019 inhabitants.

Recognized by the ON as one of the best places to live in Brazil, is a cold capital, with a humid subtropical climate, well-known as one of the most wooded cities in the country. It is estimated that exist around 1,3 million planted trees in public roads, according to the Secretary of the Environment.

POA counts with several parks and preserved animals, among them the Farroupilha park, the most traditional green area in the city where it is possible to visit the orchid and native species, as well as an antique fair on Sundays. In the Botanical Garden of Porto Alegre, it is possible to get to know more than 6000 species of trees with around three thousand exemplary. On the other hand, the Biological Reserve of Lami Jose counts with species that are protected, like the capivara, largest rodent in the world, plant species and native birds. In the addition to the Natural Morro do Osso Park, where are the latest shelters of Atlantic forest, located around 123 meters of altitude and inhabited by wild birds and howling redhead, monkey species.

The culinary of the city is also one of the most famous in Brazil, the barbecue (roast beef) and the chimarrao (mate herb tea, hot and bitter served by means of a pump) are typical of the estate.