The hostel is unbeatable. It is part of the chain of Hostelling International and for 35 Reais you have bed and breakfast. It is a wooden house, clean and spacious with gardens, common room and kitchen, the staff being your best asset. The girl who takes it, Vanesa, is a charm as well as the cook and her daughter who helps her. I spent there 3 nights of comfort and absolute good vibes. In addition, only Brazilian people and a couple of Chilean girls stayed these days, so nothing about guiris.
In the afternoon I went out to explore the city. From the hostel it is about 20 minutes walking but it is a pleasant walk. Upon arriving at the urban core I had a strange feeling of sadness. They were all wooden houses with pointed roofs of different colors. The gardens, taken care of in extreme, dotted the crowded streets of expensive shops. All very beautiful, all very neat and modern. That was not Brazil.
It was January 10 but Christmas seems never to end in this place. They kept making night parades in the center. Floats, sleds, lights, rockets, hundreds of actors dressed as Santa Claus, lead soldiers, fairy godmothers ... etc, etc. There is also a theater where there are performances, until the middle of January, of a kind of muppets They tell a Christmas story. In one of the parks there is a Christmas song singing show in the voices of tenors and sopranos, lasers and fireworks over the water of a lake. It is necessary to pay admission - ranging from 40 to 60 Reais - although you can see, as I did, from outside the park since it is not fenced. The truth is that it was quite beautiful and the place was crowded in what would be the last show of the year.
It is also a place for chocolate fans. Being the people of eternal Christmas and stories, they could not miss their chocolate houses. And not only houses but there are factories and museums of this sweet that so many like and say that it can be used as a substitute for sex (I believe that it does not arrive, but anyway).
There is a museum of the history of the region told by dolls, a museum of miniatures and the famous Santa's Village, where wooden maples and the chubby elves in red - I'm sorry, I'll always be from the Magi - will delight the smallest of the family.
I spent only one day in the city and dedicated myself more to visit the beautiful surroundings of lush nature that I could find. I will write about them in another post.
Gramado, definitely, It is famous as a tourist place among the Brazilian upper or upper middle class. Its German influence is seen in every corner, every house and every store. For them it is a fabulous place but for the European traveler it is not so much. Authentic Brazil is another much more chaotic, colorful, vivid, intense and exciting.
Even so, it is worth using it as a base to see natural parts of the region that are within walking distance.2.001