Gramado and Canela are two small cities in south Brazil and are one of the most visited places in Brazil, especially for those who are looking for a cold-weather destination. The two neighboring cities are almost built for tourism, there is so much entertainment combined that you would need at least a week to visit everything, so here are a few things you should definitely do.
The local food is definitely one of the main attractions, there are a variety of restaurants and coffee houses in both cities and although the food is more expensive than the average in Brazil, the dishes are large and totally worth it – and very often you can find promotion in a lot of restaurants – , and you can find dishes of the French, Swiss and mainly German cuisine, which is a very strong culture in this region. The classic dinner in this region is the fondue and for breakfast the famous Colonial Coffee, the climate is perfect, and the variety is amazing.
Free tourist attractions
This is a very expensive region, but there are a few tourist points that are free: Just walking around sightseeing Gramado and Canela is worth it, the German architecture is all around in the houses, buildings and local establishments. Some spots you should include in your itinerary, in Gramado: Covered Street, Saint Peter’s Church, Black Lake (you can rent a pedal boat), Ethnic Square (you can buy typical food from local immigrants). And in Canela, the Cathedral of Stone in the main street steal all the attention.
Choose at least one of the parks, museums, and attractions
There are a lot of attractions and entertainment for people of all ages, depending on your time I would recommend you do the research and choose the ones that call out to you. My favorites are: Mini World, located in Gramado. This park has replicas of constructions of the world 24 times smaller than the original constructions, and today is one of the most visited places of the city, with several curious scenarios of our daily life; Caracol Park, located in Canela the park is the home of the Waterfall of Caracol, with 130 meters high. There are panoramic viewpoints and a staircase that leads to the end point of the waterfall and allows you to observe it from below. You can also go on a ride in a cable car that leaves from the Serra Park and offer a privileged view of the waterfall.
Go to one of the chocolate factories
Gramado is filled with handmade chocolate factories and visiting one of them and their manufacturing process should be in your itinerary, and of course, trying the chocolates is part of the local tourism. Lugano, Florybal, Prawer, Plateau, and Caracol are the main factories in the city.
The region lives on tourism, so during special dates, the whole city engages on the decoration and special events. Keep in mind that the prices go up during these days. The two most famous are: Natal Luz (Christmas Light), from October to January. During this period, there are various events occurring and for the most of them you need to buy the ticket in advance; and the Film Festival that occurs in August and only includes national films from Brazil. Even if you are not an admirer of the Brazilian cinema, there are a lot of events and parties happening in the city during this period.