Canela and Gramado are located in the Sierra Gaucha in Rio Grande do Sul, more exactly in the Region of the Hydrangeas. Its name is due to the wonderful blue flowers that lined the roads and squares during the spring and early summer.
These cities have a highlighted quite rugged, taking an urban area to approximately 830 m above sea level. The conjunction of that highlighted with the abundant hydrography provides different waterfalls and valleys. The most well-known are the Cascada del Caracol, the Valley of the Quilombo and the Park of La Herradura. The plant of araucaria is the typical vegetation of Gramado and Canela, while in the more lowly places, we are also have samples of Atlantic flora.
Canela and Gramado are equally charming cities. During the autumn, the leaves of the trees lie on a soil lined. Just like in the summer, the cities are a standing invitation to rest and to walk the streets with no hurry or anxiety. Its landscapes offer various options for ecotourism, from waterfalls in vantage points until radical adventures.
Canela, a quiet town with German-styled houses, is distinguished from Gramado by possessing a natural beauty ideal for the practicing ecotourism and adventure tourism. Gramado has, on its side, with a lot of shops of arts and crafts, footwear and portfolios, houses and decor, homemade chocolates, leather articles, floricultures, fabrics, furniture, music and costumes. Restaurants are also remarkable.
One of the Canela slogans is caring for sustainability. Seven parks integrated to nature prove it (Herradura, Pinheiro Grosso, Alpen Park, Ecopark Sperry, Estación Verde Adventure Park, Sequóias and Caracol). This last point is the most visited one in Rio Grande do Sul. From the viewing point, it is possible to see a waterfall with 131 meters of freefall. The challenge is to overcome the staircase with 730 steps.
Gramado is a city full of many beauties. It possesses lush natural wealth, it’s the most important tourist destination in Rio Grande do Sul and one of the most important in Brazil. According to the Trip Advisor Site 2014, it is the third most visited city after Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The city hold many important events (conferences, seminars and meetings) in addition to celebrate annually one of the more traditional film festivals in Latin America: the Brazilian and Latino Film Festival, which delivers the Kikito awards.
Canela and Gramado belong to the Cfb climatic zone, according to Köppen climatic classification. This zone is characterized by being a humid subtropical climate. In the summer, the temperature is pleasant in around 20 degrees Celsius with some warmer days but nights are always pleasant, moderated by the mountains and forest air. Winters used to be severe with temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, strong frosts and occasional snowfalls.