Canela is one of the most amazing cities of the Serra Gaúcha and is certainly worth visiting. Canela and the nearby city, Gramado, 7 km away, are part of the Romantic Route, an itinerary characterized by its cold weather and tourist attractions that vary from shopping to ecotourism and adventure, as well as offering incredible cuisine.
Among the ecotourism options, visit the Parque Estadual do Caracol, one of the best known landscapes of Rio Grande do Sul. It has a beautiful 131 m high waterfall in addition to viewing spots, restaurants, shops, and leisure areas. In the park you can ride on the train from the Sonho Vivo Station, board the cable car, which leads to a viewing spot facing the waterfall and valley, as well as partake in more extreme activities, such as trekking, mountain biking, canyoning, and zip-lining.
The Parque da Ferradura is 6 km from Caracol, ideal for those seeking to connect with nature, offering various options of trails. In addition, the parks Laje de Pedra, Sequoias, Sesi, Corredeiras, and the National Forest of the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) are some of the many options to connect with nature in the beautiful natural setting of Canela.
In the city, be sure to visit tourist attractions such as the theme park Mundo a Vapor, which impressively has a wagon train positioned almost vertically on the facade. You should also visit the Casa do Artesão (Artesan House), where you can buy beautiful handmade pieces, and the Catedral de Pedra, an impressive church in the Gothic style. Next to it is the famous Alpen Park, an amusement park where you can ride a zip-line and toboggan, in addition to abseiling, tree climbing and other activities.
Eating is also an attraction in Canela, starting with the colonial coffee. There are more than 80 delights served at the table, such as jellies, wines, cakes, and homemade pasta, besides the traditional polentas and sausages. It is almost impossible to eat everything that is served! Fondues, galetos (small pieces of broiled chicken), barbecue and soups are also part of the gastronomic tour of the city.
The nearest airport to Canela is in Caxias do Sul (75 km), which receives some national flights.
The nearest international airport is in Porto Alegre (131 km), which receives direct flights from Buenos Aires, Miami, Lima, Lisbon, Montevideo, and Panama City as well as flights from other Brazilian cities.
Personal or rental vehicles
Leaving from South America or other regions of Brazil, you can arrive by car. These maps can help.
One of the easiest ways to arrive in Canela is through a travel agency that offers transfers between the airport of Porto Alegre and the city.
It is a delight to walk through the city, especially in the winter. This map may help you.
The most comfortable way of getting around the city is by taxi. Refer to the companies providing this type of service.
Many incoming tour and transfer companies offer tours between the attractions.
The area code (DDD) for Canela is 54.
Bus Station: +55 54 3282 1375
Emergency: +55 54 3282 4344
City Hall: + 55 54 3282 4077
Tourist Information Center: + 55 54 3282 3230
Tourist Service Center: +55 54 3282 2200
The coldest months are June and July, when the temperature can reach 0°C, causing strong frosts and occasional snowfall. The warmest months are January and February, with an average temperature of 22°C.
To enter Brazil, vaccination against any type of illness is not mandatory. However, vaccination against yellow fever (a disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes) is recommended before your trip. If you have never taken the vaccine, you need to take it up to 10 days before the trip (this time period is not necessary if you have already been vaccinated).