Founded in 1742, this city actually began life as a large farm. It is situated on a delta where five rivers converge. Today it's one of the wealthiest cities in Latin America and the combination of history and architectural contrast makes it a great place for tourists to visit.
My sister-in-law told me that she imagines London to be a bit like Porto Alegre. When she first said this to me I thought she was mad to such an assumption but when I arrived I started to understand what she meant.
There are many similarities between London and Porto Alegre - the many styles of architecture that help to tell the story of the city and create a stunningly contrasting horizon; the strong cultural presence and of course the climate which is indeed very similar - lots of rain and cold.
Touring round the south of Brazil has been something I have enjoyed immensely. I never fail to be amazed at the historical, ancestral and cultural diversity of this country that I have called my home for over a year now.
There are so many regions to visit each one with a unique beauty, you could easily spend a lifetime travelling along one of nature's most beautiful roads.