Get ready for some astonishing views of green mountains and beautiful valleys in Caçapava do Sul!

Brazil is a huge country that is well-known for its amazing beaches and the essential Amazon forest. But there are so much more to discover! Brazil is full of hidden gems, places where zero tourists are going. I will show you a different side of Brazil that you definitely should try out. You will be amazed by the diversity here!

Caçapava do Sul map

Not to go to those well known places, but instead to find the hidden gems. I like to encourage people to search for those family hotels that can be found in small towns and generally near regions with waterfalls

Caçapava do Sul road
This is how Cacapava do Sul welcomes you when you arrive by car.

Visit Caçapava do Sul – it’s green and beautiful

I am driving along road number BR-153, on my way to Caçapava do Sul, which is located on the banks of the Camaquã River. It is a relatively small city that has an estimated population of 35,000 inhabitants. The economy depends primarily on the mining industry. Caçapava do Sul produces 80% of the calcareous rock mined in Rio Grande do Sul. For many years it was Brazil’s number one producer of copper and is still an important center of copper mining. 

BR-153 is a major federal highway of Brazil, officially named the Transbrasiliana Highway. It also serves as part of the Belém-Brasília Highway in the stretch located between the cities of Wanderlândia, in the state of Tocantins, and Anápolis, in the state of Goiás. It crosses Brazil in a north-south direction, starting in São Domingos do Araguaia, in the state of Pará and ending in Aceguá, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul on the Brazil/Uruguay border. The highway, highly variable in quality and traffic, cuts through the states of Pará, Tocantins, Goiás, Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

How is the road condition along the Transbrasiliana Highway, or nowadays better known as BR-153? Check out this video

Caçapava do Sul has lots of beautiful nature to offer, and my favorite activity there is go hiking. Nearby lies Pedra do Segredo (Stone of the Secret), a natural outcropping of stone that attracts mountain climbers and tourists from all over the state and elsewhere

  • Pedra do Segredo (Stone of the Secret)
  • Dom Pedro II Fort
  • Cascata do Salso (Salso Waterfall)
  • Minas do Camaquã (Camaquã Mines)
  • Casa de Borges de Medeiros (Borges of Medeiros’ House)
  • Casa dos Ministérios – Farrapos (House of the Ministers of Poverty, literally “Ministries of Tatters”)
  • Igreja Matriz Nossa Sra Assunção (Our Lady of Assumption Church and compound)
  • Guaritas (considered the 7th natural wonder of Rio Grande do Sul)

Camaquã River

Camaquã river is located in Caçapava do Sul

The name Camaquã is said to be originated from the Indian Tupi-Guarani, and means “river of the valley with the shape of breasts”.


Where to go while visiting the Camaqua river?

Spend some time around the Camaqua river. The best way to discover the river is by canoe. Go canoeing along the river and you will love it. It looks almost like a beach since they have created a delta along the river that makes it have some sandy fields, and here you can lay down and relax. Enjoy the sun, go fishing and prepare a nice barbecue for you and your friends. The Camaqua river covers 22000 square kilometers and reaches 28 municipalities of Brazil. The quality of the drinking water is also good.

All you need is meat, salt and fire… gauchos like to improvise, and if the barbecue can be done in the wilderness, great!

Where do I find the Camaquã River?

It is located in State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Coordinates: 31°16′18″S 51°45′55″W

Minas Do Camaqua

Minas Do Camaqua

Visit the old mines of Camaqua and learn how the life was here back in the old days!

Where do I find Minas Do Camaqua?

You definitely need a car to get here. Drive along the RS-625 in Cacapava do Sul district.

We were very confused as to what there was to see and do here. The signage was not very good and we ended up driving around without direction. It mostly just looked abandoned.

Basirair comments how to get there on Tripadvisor

The mines are interesting to visit and the hills compose a beautifull landscape. Nice to visit whenever visiting the Guaritas of Caçapava do Sul.

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Forte Dom Pedro II

Forte Dom Pedro II

Forte Dom Pedro II is a historic fortress in Caçapava do Sul and definitely worth to visit while you are in the district.

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The Fort has existed since the time of the Farroupilha revolution, and only now have people discovered that they can go there and fill the place on Sundays to play 20 different types of music in cars. But the good thing is to go to the fort to see the sunset, this is worth the ride. In a mountainous region, the city has as one of the attractions to the tourists and the residents, the Fort Dom Pedro II that with its imposing, becomes a place of coziness for a good chimarrão and watch one of the most beautiful sunset. Historical center, built in the postwar Farroupilha, to house soldiers and groceries.

Main geographical access to the gaucho and Argentine pampa, in the middle of the 19th century the village of Caçapava housed an arsenal and garrison of the imperial army . In a little-known episode of official historiography , in the context of the Farroupilha Revolution (1835-1845), in April 1837 the village was conquered by forces of the rags under the command of Colonel Antônio de Souza Neto who, at the time, received the adhesion of the nine hundred garrison men stationed there, seizing fifteen artillery pieces , four thousand infantry weapons and ample ammunition mouth and war. These resources enabled the subsequent Farroupilha conquest of Rio Pardo , on the 30th of the same month, leading the military commander of the Province, Marechal Barreto, to respond to the War Council. With the evolution of the conflict, the capital of the revolutionaries was transferred from Piratini to Caçapava ( 9 January 1839 ), which by its difficult access, had better defense conditions. Even so, it was attacked by surprise and retaken by imperial forces, on May 30 , 1840 .

How to find Forte Dom Pedro II?

The D. Pedro II de Caçapava Fort is located to the north of the current city of Caçapava do Sul , in the interior of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul .

In this expectation of an invasion by the Argentine Rosas, Soares de Andréa advocated, in 1848 , fixed defenses and military garrisons at the main access points to the Province, among which:

  • Barra Battery [do Arroio Chuí? Conde D’Eu Fort?], On the border, on the coast;
  • Rio Grande trench , on the coast;
  • Dom Pedro II Fort , in Caçapava, in the countryside;
  • Uruguaiana Fortifications , on the border, inland;
  • Fort Duque de Saxe , in Jaguarão , on the border, inland.

In Caçapava, around 1848, there was already a light fortification, in ” a hill close to the village, within the reach of the canyon and its rider [to the north], which frankly hits the entire interior of a dirt trench, which the name of Forte de Dom Pedro II was given.

The so-called Caçapava Fort is the only remaining fortification in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, although its monumental walls have never been completed or furnished. The fort can be visited at Rua Ulhoas Cintra s / nº, in the Center of Caçapava do Sul, and is in good condition, according to Wikipedia.

Cascata do Salso Waterfalls

Located 8 kilometers from the city, in the stream of Salso, the waterfall is a waterfall of more than 20 meters high, amid hills covered with forest.

Cascata do Salso Waterfalls

Marvelous place. Unique beauty and nothing harnessed by the government.

Great place to enjoy nature, it is monumental in its rock formation with the aspect of a staircase through which the water projects.

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How to get there?

The time to the place is approximately 30 minutes, to get there you need to take Av. Santos Dumont that takes you to the airport (paved). In front of the airport, you should enter on the right (dirt road) and continue to the cemetery, at this point, again, on the right, go another 1 km, turn left and walk for another 3 km, approximately.

Access to the premises is impossible for cars to 150m before arriving. To descend, bike, bike or walking. The place rewards, nature takes care of what the city can’t do. Take things to eat/drink, also bags to collect your trash.

Nearby Municipalities

Where to stay in the Camaquã district?

Hotel Pedra Bonita, Camagua

Hotel Pedra Bonita, Camagua

Comfortable rooms and free Wifi

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“The friendliness of the staff. Spacious room and comfortable bed. The bathroom a little small but functional. Good breakfast, and the possibility of parking for the car next to the hotel. We were passing through, only one night, but it gave us the impression that it is a good hotel for a stay. ”

Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

Where to find Hotel Pedra Bonita?

Located in Camaquã, Hotel Pedra Bonita has accommodations with private terraces.

Address: Av. Olavo Moraes 1229 Centro, Camaquã, CEP 96180000, Brazil

Hotel Bartz, Camagua

Hotel Bartz, Camagua

The breakfast buffet at Hotel Bartz is an excellent way to start your day!

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“Very good option to make the break on the way to Santa Catarina, comfortable parking, good restaurant and very comfortable rooms”

Danilo Uruguay

Rooms at Bartz have air conditioning or a ceiling fan, plus a private bathroom with a shower. They include cable TV, a desk and a mini-bar. Room service is provided.

Camaquã Bus Station is 1.2 mi away, and the town of Arambara is 19 mi from this hotel. Porto Alegre city can be reached in about 90 minutes by car.

Where to find Bartz Hotel?

Located 1.2 mi from Camaquã town center, Hotel Bartz offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi.

Address: Av. José Loureiro da Silva, 1012, Camaquã, CEP 96180-000, Brazil

Hostel da Praia, Camagua

Hostel da Praia, Camagua

Lovely hostel in walking distance to the beautiful Arambare Beach.

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The Arambare Beach features centuries-old fig trees, calm waters and fishing pier.

It was very peaceful to stay at the hostel, the couple is very friendly and welcoming, before hosting me all my messages were answered, the environment is clean and comfortable, the location is also good for those looking for tranquility and getting away from the hustle and bustle

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Arambare beach Brazil
Arambare beach is a beautiful place to relax if you have a boat or a fishing stick.

How is Hostel da Praia located?

Hostel da Praia is located 701 m from the beach in Arambaré, on the shores of Lagoa dos Patos.

Address: 150 Rua São Marcos, Arambaré, CEP 96178-000, Brazil

Where to eat?

There are plenty of restaurants in the district of Caçapava do Sul. Here are some few recommendations where to eat.

Parrilla Tierra Del Fuego, Camagua

Parrilla Tierra Del Fuego, Camagua

Beautiful surroundings and local Brazilian food!

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The best meat I ever had in Brazil so far. Entrecot with cheese. You will not believe this place is located on a very small city.

Williamf51, Belo Horizonte. Read Tripadvisor reviews

Where do I find Parrilla Tierra Del Fuego?

Address: Rua Alice B Padilha 82 Olaria, Camaqua, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96785-172 Brazil

La Campana, Camaqua

La Campana, Camaqua

Spectacular food at an amazing place!

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Best restaurant in town. Great atmosphere, excellent service and very tasty food. At night they serve sushi, which is delicious. The owner is super attentive and very friendly. I highly recommend it.

Cris_oliveira37, Porto Alegre, RS. Read Tripadvisor reviews

Where is La campaña located?

Address: Rua Marechal Floriano 1116, Camaqua, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96180-000 Brazil