Gramado and Canela

By Lindsay Spratt, Sub Editor

RIO DE JANEIRO - Picture timber-framed buildings, flower-lined streets, chocolate shops and snow in winter, and you probably don’t picture Brazil. Yet the sister cities of Gramado and Canela in Rio Grande do Sul are just that.

It all seems a million miles away from Rio’s palm-fringed beaches or the Amazon rainforest, but the longer time one spends in Brazil, the more one learns about such stark contrasts.

Gramado and Canela form part of what is known as the 'rota romântica' (romantic route). This is a scenic itinerary of thirteen . . .

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