Dive into some of the richest culture in Brazil, as you visit the southern tip of the country, and explore the diverse Rio Grande do Sul region. The mighty freshwater lagoon of Lagoa dos Patos - which is Latin America's second largest - dominates the state, and a visit here gives you the chance to fill up your glasses with the rich flavours of the Vale dos Vinhedos wine region, which sits to the north. View more
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Rio Grande is situated in the south of the State and it is, basically, a port and a commercial city, characterized by the Portuguese colonization buildings and by the privileged localization. This tour visits the Historical Museum, including São Pedro Cathedral, the oldest in the State and also the Alfândega Building, followed by the main attraction, the Oceanographic Museum, where approximately about 100 thousand different species of shells and mollusks are exhibted.
In the extension of the visit to the museum, one gets, in a small boat, to the Eco-Museum of the Pólvora Island, with ramps and places for fauna and flora watching. Back to the port, panoramic view of the Molhes da Barra, hydraulic man-made rock structure, 4.500 meters into the sea.
Rio Grande is situated in the south of the State, a port and a commercial city, characterized by the Portuguese colonization buildings and by the privileged localization. This tour visits the Historical Museum, including São Pedro Cathedral, the oldest in the State and also the Alfândega Building, followed by the main attraction, the Oceanographic Museum, where are exposed about 100 thousand different species of shells and mollusks.
In the extension of the visit to the museum, one gets, in a small boat, to the EcoMuseum of the Pólvora Island, with ramps and places for fauna and flora watching. Departure to the Molhes da Barra (wavebreakers or jetties). Dated from 1911, was building for to maintain the channel safe and free of sand coming from the ocean and are considered one of the most famous nautical enginery masterpiece of the world.
Stones are the habitat of different animals such as Sea lions, Otters and Sea birds. For 4 kilometers the participant can enjoy the amazing Sail Wagon trip on the top of the wavebreak (the wagon is a sail railroad vehicle moved by the wind) observing the natural beauty of the sky and the sea and observing also the Cassino beach, the longest beach in the world with approximately 250 km (155 mi) of uninterrupted Atlantic
coastline. Return to the pier.
Departing from the pier, you will drive south toward Taim Ecological Station, the largest biological reserve in Brazil. A lakeside and seaside wonderland full of tropical birds, mammals and reptiles, some of them exceptionally exotic. Taim is situated on a thin strip of land tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Mirim, making it an ideal setting for water birds. While walking the reserve's trails, Figueiras, Nicola Lagoon or along the road, you may spot Rio Grande's official symbol, the black-necked swan, and the glittering-bellied emerald, one of many hummingbirds found here.
If you see a hard-baked mud nest in the treetops, it probably belongs to a rufous hornero, a type of ovenbird that is the national bird of both Argentina and Uruguay. There are also plenty of migratory birds in Taim that fly in from the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Broad-snouted caimans are often spotted basking in the sun. Turtles swim around the water hyacinths in the lake, and capybaras love the swampy riverbanks. The largest rodent in the world, the capybara looks like a shaggy-haired barrel with legs.
Following the wildlife outing at Taim Ecological Station, you will proceed to the nearby village of Capilha, external visit of the local church and snack lanch at the beach at the Lake Mirim.