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Porto Alegre

Travel Guide South America Brazil Rio Grande do Sul Porto Alegre

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Introduction

Porto Alegre is a city in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

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Events and Festivals

World Cup 2014

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The FIFA World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil. It takes place from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. The national teams of 32 countries will join the second biggest sports event in the world (after the Olympic Games). A total of 64 matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology. Twelve locations will be World Cup host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. They cover all the main regions of Brazil and create more evenly distributed hosting than the 1950 finals in Brazil provided, when matches were concentrated in the south-east and south. As a result the tournament will require significant long-distance travel for teams. Brazil opens the tournament against Croatia, played in Sao Paulo on the 12th of June, and the final will be played on the 13th of July in Rio de Janeiro.

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max30.2 °C30.1 °C28.3 °C25.2 °C22.1 °C19.4 °C19.7 °C20.4 °C21.8 °C24.4 °C26.7 °C29 °C
Avg Min20.5 °C20.8 °C19.3 °C16.3 °C13 °C10.7 °C10.7 °C11.5 °C13.1 °C15 °C17 °C18.9 °C
Rainfall100.1 mm108.6 mm104.4 mm86.1 mm94.6 mm132.7 mm121.7 mm140 mm139.5 mm114.3 mm104.2 mm101.2 mm
Rain Days11101191012121111101010

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Getting There

By Plane

Salgado Filho International Airport (POA) is about 6 kilometres from Porto Alegre's city centre and there are flights to/from Montevideo, Lima, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Cuiaba, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belém, Brasilia, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Rosario, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Salvador, Manaus and many other smaller cities throughout Brazil.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hostel e Republica Lotus AzulRiachuelo 1265 Centrohotel77
Hostel Porto do SolRua Mariante, 958Hostel83
Casa Azul HostelRua General Lima e Silva, 912Hostel85
Hostel Porto TchêRua Miguel Teixiera, 206Hostel-
Hotel San Francisco Porto AlegreAv. Carlos Barbosa 974Hotel-
HI Porto Alegre Hostel BoutiqueRua Sao Carlos, 545Hostel84
Hotel Madrid Porto AlegreRua General Lima e Silva, 1578 Cidade BaixaHotel-
Coral Tower ExpressAv Getulio Vargas, 318 Menino DeusHotel-
Real Palace HotelRua Coronel Vicente, 421Hotel-
Rishon HotelRua Doutor Flores, 27 CentroHotel-
Ornatus Palace HotelRua General Vitorino, 146Hotel-
Porto Alegre Eco HostelR. Luiz Afonso, 276HOSTEL79
Royal Palace Hotel Porto AlegreRua Marechal Floriano Peixoto, 631 CentroHOTEL-
Bom Fim HostelRua Felipe Camarao, 60HOSTEL81
Umbu Hotel Porto AlegreAv Farrapos, 45 CentroHOTEL-
Hotel Acores ExpressRua dos Andradas, 885HOTEL-
Rock'n'HostelAv. Alberto Bins, 954HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.

Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.

Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.

Post

Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.

Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.

For sending packages internationally, you can also used competitively priced private companies like TNT, UPS or DHL. They are generally much quicker and not much more expensive.

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