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Rio Grande do Sul

Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul

State Capital City: Porto Alegre

State Abbreviation: RS

Rio Grande do Sul is (lit. "Great Southern River") is the southernmost state in Brazil.  #20 on map.

In this state is located the southernmost city in the country, Chuí, on the border with Uruguay. In the region of Bento Gonçalves and Caxias do Sul, the largest wine producing center in Brazil, the attraction is Italian gastronomy.  Besides the European influence, the gaúchos, or inhabitants of Rio Grande do Sul, strongly cultivate the traditions of the Pampas, region of the border with Uruguay and Argentina, such as drinking mate (known as chimarrão drunk in special gourd cups), eating the typical barbecue, known as churrasco, and the traditional clothes are the bombachas (baggy trousers), boots and large hats.

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Caxias do Sul, Porto Alegre , Pelotas, Canoas, Novo Hamburgo, Viamão, Santa Maria, Gravataí

Official state website: www.rs.gov.br (Portuguese)


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