Pelotas, Brazil: Travel/Tourist Guide

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Pelotas is a city in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the south region of Brazil. It earned the nickname of "City of Sweets" for its famous pastries, desserts and sweets. The area is also known for its dried meat known as charque.

Getting There

The city is served by Aeroporto Internacional de Pelotas in Três Vendas in the downtown area. However, flights here are limited, so some travellers also arrive at Aeroporto Internacional Salgado Filho in Porto Alegre. Most visitors just opt to take a long-distance bus to Pelotas. There is also a port on the São Gonçalo Channel.

Climate and Geography

It has a humid subtropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. Pelotas is located on a plain near the coast with the center on a plateau known as the Serras de Sudeste. The low altitude and proximity to the ocean is what gives it a temperate climate.

Attractions

Museums to visit in the city include the Museu de Ciências Naturais Carlos Ritter, Museu de Arte Leopoldo Gotuzzo (MALG) and Museu da Baronesa. 

Churches are also good to visit for their cultural significance. Popular ones include the Catedral da Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil and Catedral São Francisco de Paula.

Other points of interest are Laranjal beach, Dom Antônio Zattera Park, São Francisco de Paula graveyard and the Boca do Lobo Stadium. 

Visitors are also drawn to the annual celebrations of Feira do Livro, an annual book festival in the spring that happens on Coronel Pedro Osório Square, and Feira Nacional do Doce, an annual sweets fair in the fall.