Category: Rio Grande do Sul

Christmas Celebrations in Brazil 2014


Santa Claus is coming to town…


Natal em Gramado

It’s not even a month to go until Christmas. One of the biggest Christmas celebrations in Brazil take place in the city Gramado in the region of Rio Grande do Sul. There the festivities started already on October 30th. You can experience Christmas markets, parades, shows, concerts and a lot more.

Another city called Curitiba in the municipality of Paraná is known as Brazils “Capital of Christmas”. Here you can meet Papai Noel, the Brazilian Santa Claus, and discover a lot of different activities.

Have an interesting Christmas experience in Brazil. Make your reservation now, the ITS Travel Consultants will be happy to help you with planning a unique Christmas vacation.


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Brazilian Barbecue – Grab your sword, light the fire and get grilling



More than 400 years ago cattle ranching was introduced to the Rio Grande do Sul region of Brazil. Cowboys, called Gauchos herded these cattle, and like the cowboys of Texas created a new style of cooking. They called it Churrasco, which is Brazilian Barbecue. Though this style of Barbecue wasn’t based on smoke like that of the United States, it has all the traditions and elements of an American Barbecue. Churrasco started in the 16th and 17th centuries and spread throughout all of Brazil in the 1940’s as the Gauchos spread across the country.

Originally the standard formula for Brazilian style barbecue was to coat meats in coarse salt. The meat would then sit for about 30 minutes to absorb the salt and then was placed over the fire. Later a salt-water baste was used to keep meats moist during the cooking. Beef was typically never seasoned. Poultry and lamb, however are spiced with a rich marinade the night before cooking. Meats are places on long sword-like skewers and cooked over an open fire. Now days with the growing popularity of this style of grilling you can even buy a churasco grill. Read more →