The city of Caxias do Sul stands in the far south of Brazil, in the southern-most state of Rio Grande do Sul. It is 8 miles north of Porto Alegre on the RS-122 road. Visitors who hire a car in Caxias do Sul will soon find it stands amid the picturesque Serra Gaucha Mountains. This is an area full of Italian and German influences in food, architecture and language. The scenery is renowned in Brazil: look out for the pretty Regiao das Hortensias (Hydrangea Region), wine-tasting vineyards and the Rota Romantica, a 'romantic' tourist route through the best bits of the mountains. Hugo Cantergiani Airport is five miles away.
Caxias do Sul is the centre of a wine-growing region, one of the richest cities in Brazil and a cultural hub for descendants of Italian settlers. If you have a hire car here you'll be able to explore the city easily. The highlights include a city museum, art gallery and cultural centre. It's a university city, with its own symphonic orchestra and an array of ancient churches. Look out for the ornate Bishop's Palace and the Sao Pelegrino Church. Its bronze front doors were made in Italy and shipped to Brazil. The mock medieval Chateau Lacave stands in gardens and is worth visiting for its impressive winery.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1900, Sa 0930-1100, Su 1130-1230 1730-1900
Address: Avenida Salgado Filho 3520
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.