Canela

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For the spice plant, see Canella. For the language of the Canela indigenous people of Maranhão, northern Brazil, see Canela language. For the commune in Chile, see Canela, Chile.
Canela
Municipality
Nossa Senhora de Lourdes Cathedral in Canela, also known as Cathedral of Stone ("Catedral de Pedra" in Portuguese)
Nossa Senhora de Lourdes Cathedral in Canela, also known as Cathedral of Stone ("Catedral de Pedra" in Portuguese)
Flag of Canela
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Location in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and Brazil
Location in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and Brazil
Coordinates: 29°21′42″S 50°48′56″W / 29.36167°S 50.81556°W / -29.36167; -50.81556Coordinates: 29°21′42″S 50°48′56″W / 29.36167°S 50.81556°W / -29.36167; -50.81556
Country Brazil
Region South
State Rio Grande do Sul
Founded December 28, 1944
Government
 • Mayor Cleomar Eraldo Port
Area
 • Total 254.579 km2 (98.294 sq mi)
Elevation 837 m (2,746 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 40,147
 • Density 157.7/km2 (408/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Website canela.rs.gov.br

Canela, meaning Cinnamon in Portuguese and Spanish, is a town located in the Serra Gaúcha of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Both Canela and neighboring Gramado are important tourist resorts and they both draw many visitors each year. Ecotourism is very popular in the area and there are many opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and river rafting. The main tourist attraction in Canela is the Parque do Caracol, the Cathedral of Stone, and Caracol Falls (Cascata do Caracol). Like sister town Gramado, Canela is a large tourist draw during the winter, where snowfall can occur, and during the Christmas holiday and the local town council deck Canela with lights and other festive decorations. Canela is part of the Rota Romântica or Romantic Route, a scenic bypass.

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  1. ^ Brasilian Institute of National Statistics and Geography

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