Along with Bento Gonçalves and other regional cities, Caxias do Sul is part of the tourist area of Serra Gaúcha named Rota Uva e Vinho [the Grape and Wine Route]. This is not by chance. The region has the largest contingent of Italian immigrants in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and is known for its Grape Festival, which takes place every two years.
Caxias do Sul is a piece of Italy in Brazil, mixed with gaúcho (regional) traditions. The history of the city and immigration is very strong and is partly depicted by the Immigrant National Monument, in the Municipal Museum, and in the Museu de Ambiência Casa de Pedra, a beautiful example of the city's Italian architecture.
Religious reflection is also very striking in Italian and Brazilian cultures, and is present in the São Pelegrino Church, which has paintings of the important Italian-Brazilian painter Aldo Locatelli, and in the Santa Teresa Church, also known as the Diocesan Cathedral.
The city offers several tourist itineraries, each with a different experiences. The Estrada do Imigrante itinerary includes wagon rides, hiking, rock climbing, and colonial cafés – one of the best gastronomic experiences you can have in the South of the country. On the other hand, in the Vale Trentino itinerary, you can visit vineyards, wineries, and canteens, with the Primo Slomp Municipal Museum of Grape and Wine being the main attraction, offering tastings of grapes and grape derivatives.
There are also several other tours. In the Ana Rech itinerary, you enjoy the rich Italian food, music, and handcrafts in a charming village decorated with flowers and pine trees. The Caminhos da Colônia itinerary gathers together landscapes, music and gastronomy and offers a place where you can harvest, stomp and bottle grapes and create your own wine label. The Caminhos do Interior itinerary focuses on the countryside and religion. The Criúva itinerary is perfect for lovers of trekking, horseback riding, rappelling, and rafting.
All of this can be experienced in the beauty of the cold and the snow that falls during the winter in the city, enjoying great days in the hospitality of the local, Brazilian people.
Caxias do Sul Airport receives some national flights and has international flight connections.
The nearest international airport is Porto Alegre, which is 128 km away from the city and receives direct flights from Buenos Aires, Miami, Lima, Lisbon, Montevideo, and Panama City and flights from other Brazilian destinations.
The Caxias do Sul Bus Station receives intercity routes from several cities of Rio Grande do Sul.
Personal or rental vehicles
Leaving from South American countries or from other regions of Brazil, you can arrive by car. Refer to the routes.
Personal or rental vehicles
If you are not going to taste wine... you can rent a car to get to the tourist attractions, which are usually quite far from each other.
Since almost all tours involve wine tasting, if you intend to drink, it would be ideal to to use the local taxi service, remembering that Brazil has a zero tolerance policy on drinking and driving.
The ideal way to see the tourist attractions of the city is by an incoming tour operator hired in the city or in Porto Alegre, which can also arrange transfers between the cities.
The area code (DDD) for Caxias do Sul is 54.
Tourist information: 0800 541 1875
City Hall: +55 54 3218 6000
Department of Tourism: +55 54 3222 1875
General Hospital: +55 54 3218 7200Police: 190
The months of January and February (summer) are the hottest, with an average of 20°C. June (winter) is the coldest month, with an average of 12°C, with frequent episodes of frost and snow. Be aware and take appropriate clothing for each season.
In Caxias do Sul there may be episodes of strong winds. Be aware and obey the security guidelines of your hosting site.
To enter Brazil, vaccination against any type of illness is not mandatory. However, vaccination against yellow fever (a disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes) is recommended before your trip. If you have never taken the vaccine, you need to take it up to 10 days before the trip (this time period is not necessary if you have already been vaccinated).
Like most tours, it offers wine tasting; beware of excessive alcohol consumption. Also remember that in Brazil it is forbidden to drive having ingested any amount of alcohol, even if the quantity is very small.