Heart and soul of Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre has the highest quality of life of all major Brazilian cities. Compared to other cities in the country, traffic flows quite freely in Porto Alegre, and the relatively small area of the city ensures all trips are brief. Salgado Filho International Airport is only 10 km from downtown Porto Alegre, and the city offers a wide variety of efficient public transportation services.
With a population of nearly 1.45 million, Porto Alegre is currently the tenth most populous city in Brazil. It is located on the shores of the Guaíba River, which is actually an estuary famous for its stunning sunset views.

Despite its status as a highly developed urban area, Porto Alegre is also one of the greenest cities in the world, with more than a million trees, 409 city squares, nine urban parks, a nature reserve, and the largest bird population of any Brazilian capital. It also has one of the highest Human Development Indices in the country, and is the center of the fourth largest metropolitan area in Brazil. No wonder Porto Alegre was chosen as one of the 12 host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Several urban developments are planned, including conversion of several avenues to two-lane roadways and expansion of the city’s subway grid, which currently connects Porto Alegre proper to the metropolitan region.

Fine cuisine is yet another of the city’s strengths. Porto Alegre offers a broad range of restaurants that cater to all tastes – a direct result of the rich cultural heritage of the city, built over the centuries by immigrants from the Azores, Germany, Italy, the Middle East and Poland. Other hallmarks of this cultural diversity are the warmth and hospitality with which porto-alegrenses welcome visitors to the city.

It is precisely this welcoming blend of cosmopolitan urbanity and small-town appeal that makes the capital of Rio Grande do Sul and excellent destination for medical travelers.

Come pays us a visit and experience the charm of Porto Alegre firsthand.