Porto Alegre Tourism

The Beauty of Brazil is magnified with the dreamy destination of Porto Alegre. The river side city is one of Brazil’s most important commercial ports and the capital of Rio Grande do Sul State.

The merged 5 rivers which form the Lagoa dos Patos gives the city a beautiful harbor and romantic riverside boulevards to walk on, while its deep-rooted history makes the whole city nothing less than a time-travel machine.

For football fans, Porto Alegre shines on the world map for hostingthe 2014 FIFA world cup. The city still maintains one of the best collections of football stadiums in the world.

The city was founded in the late 18thcentury and since the early 19th century, immigration of German, Polish, Jewish, and Italian among citizens was commonly seen. This added yet another facet to its rich culture and till today the influence is not easy to ignore.The 19th century Farrapos war against the Portuguese Kingdom gave the city its much needed independence and since then the city is only blooming into a modern hub.

Tourism in Brazil has always been on an all time high, but Porto Alegre offers the best of both worlds- from the modern FIFA world cup experience to the traditional and neoclassical architectural buildings which grace almost every street of the city!

The Downtown Porto Alegre is simply spell-binding while the ever- growing liberal culture of the city (the city take pride in its Gay and Lesbian Population and fights for equal rights), makes it a special encounter for tourists who truly want to see the world growing.

Whether you decide to explore its electric art scene, entertaining music, rich food culture or simply want to take in its history, Port Alegre is a must on your travel itinerary!

Essential travel information and Porto Alegre tips for your visit

Essential Information

  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT -3 hours
  • Currency: Brazilian Real

Electricity and Internet

  • 127 V of electric output, 3G internet is recommended even though 4G is under process.


  • Portuguese, German, Italian, Spanish


  • Police- 190
  • Fire Department- 193
  • Civil Defense - 199 (55-51) 3210-4219, (55-51) 3210-4349
  • Anonymous Informant Line- 181
  • SAMU - Mobile Emergency Health Service (Porto Alegre)- 192
  • Mercosur Related Emergencies- 128

Pedestrians should take extra care before crossing the streets since the traffic rules are not followed well.


  • Tipping drivers is not recommended but you can round off the meter charges. At hotels, the bill usually comes inclusive of a 10% tip.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Porto Alegre

  • Know the pollution level of Porto Alegre before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 45.09 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 58.17 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 48.53 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 73.08 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 37.02 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 54.41 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 44.55 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 43.14 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Porto Alegre for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Porto Alegre.

    • Burglary and Theft 58.36 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 87.32 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 92.31 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 89.06 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 83.43 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 80.17 (Very High)
    • Attacks 66.76 (High)
    • Drug offense 76.98 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 33 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 8.73 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.33 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.15 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 82.26 (Very High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Porto Alegre is 108.62 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 23.61 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.74 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 56.16 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.13 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.53 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 62.2 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.8 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 32.42 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Porto Alegre

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.26 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.28 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.84 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.01 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.27 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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