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About Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. It is the tenth most populous city in the country, with 1,481,019 people. Porto Alegre is the ultimate chance to experience a sensational Brazilian arts scene and an alternative music culture. Touristic attractions include Porto Alegre Public Market and Guaíba River.

Cheap flights to Porto Alegre are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to be whisked away, in this gorgeous city! Porto Alegre is the home of Salgado Filho International Airport (POA), which is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Salgado Filho International Airport serves many airlines – including LATAM, KLM, Air France and Ethiopian Airlines. Popular flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Porto Alegre is approximately 14 hours, 56 minutes.

Why visit Porto Alegre

lake green grass

Lake Guaíba

Take a gentle stroll along Lake Guaíba and see the incredible sunsets as it adorns the water. Tourists may enjoy a boat ride, but the locals prefer to enjoy this waterway on some grassy land, while snacking on churros.

Portuguese dishes fish pastry

Portuguese Cuisine

Explore the city’s Portuguese influences through its cuisine. Salted cod, which was brought to the Porto Alegre shores can be tried at incredible restaurants. Ask for the bacalhau!

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Nightlife

Porto Alegre is known for its unique nightlife and its diverse party scene that caters to all. Be sure to go to Parque Farroupilha for gyrating live music and bustling bars.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Brazil
Currency Brazilian Real
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.25 BRL
Language Portuguese
Hub Airport Salgado Filho International Airport
Airline LATAM Airlines
Time Zone GMT -3
Travel Adaptor Type N

Best time to visit Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre has a humid subtropical climate. Summer temperatures in the city often exceed 32 degrees Celsius. Tourists can expect hot, humid summers and balmy winters. Occasional tropical storms occur in the metropolis. Most of the rainfall occurs during winter (June to October), with the average temperature varying from 4 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius. To avoid the rainy season, tourists should plan around the months from January to October with an exception in November and April. The best time to visit this magical city is during winter and spring (end of October to November).

Weather & Climate in Porto Alegre

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 21°C 20°C 16°C 13°C 11°C 11°C 12°C 13°C 13°C 15°C 19°C
High °C °C 30°C 30°C 28°C 25°C 22°C 19°C 20°C 20°C 22°C 24°C 27°C
Rainfall (mm) 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 6 5 4 4

Nestled on the eastern bank of the Guaíba River, Porto Alegre is home to a concentrated population of the Afro-Brazilian people. This beautiful destination is Brazil’s most important port city.

It is a vivacious dream getaway with diverse cultures, which is at the heart of its touristic appeal. Explore the best of Brazilians southern region through the Gaúcho culture, which entails a set of knowledge, arts, food, tools, traditions and customs. The city also embraces a mix of Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and German influences.

Wander around this versatile metropolis and discover beautiful urban parks, chic neighbourhoods and amazing cultural sites, which boasts of Porto Alegre’s identity.

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South African passport holders do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days in Porto Alegre and the rest of Brazil. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date, and have three blank pages available for stamps.

The nearest South African Embassy to Porto Alegre is situated in Sao Paulo, Brazil:

1754 Avenida Paulista 12th Floor 01310-920 Sao Paulo SP

Phone: + 55 11 3265 0449

All travellers are required to be up-to-date on routine vaccinations before travelling to Porto Alegre and the rest of Brazil. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio, and a yearly flu shot. In addition to these routine shots travellers are also encouraged to obtain vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, malaria and yellow fever.

Travellers should maintain caution when navigating through the city to avoid unnecessary incidences. Porto Alegre is a safe city to visit, however, the onus is on travellers to make sensible decisions regarding their own safety.

Staying safe in Porto Alegre:

• Do not leave your belongings unguarded on the beach.

• Do not wear flashy jewellery in public spaces.

• Avoid going to Farroupilha Park and its surroundings at night.

• Travellers should not look distracted on the street – do not text or speak on your phone while walking.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Porto Alegre
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R81
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R24
Cappucino (regular) R22 R23 R22
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R11
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R39 R40 R32
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