In the Sierra Gaúcha, in the South of Brazil, there is a lovely area that it doesn’t look like “Brazil.” This is a land of highlands populated by folks of German and Italian descedents. Gramado is a branch of the Black Forest within the Amazonian jungle.
What makes Gramado so special? There are few reasons:
- It’s clean and tidy.
- There is a German influenced architecture.
- There are festivals throughout the year; some of the biggest are around the Christmas-New Year season, Easter and Wintertime.
- There are museums and attractions for every taste, raging from a Perfume museum to a little theme park for the kids.
- You’ll find chocolate shops everywhere.
- Santa has a House here.
- There’s a lot of flowers everywhere named “Hortensias”.
- Gramado has several green areas like Black Lake. The German folks imported pine seedlings from Black Forest in Germany to be planted all around the newly formed lake’s rim.
- Near Gramado is a railway station that offers a trip on a steam train of the XIX century.
One of the most important features of Brazil is its Carnival. However, Gramado offers a unique experience: the longest Christmas (2 month) because there is a theme park about Santa and all its inhabitants contribute to the decoration of public places and shops.
If you live in South America and want to visit a location that resembles the spirit of alpine tradition, this is the ideal spot.