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Panorama de Canela.jpg
Flag of Canela
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
 • Mayor Constantino Orsolin
 • 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)

Canela, meaning Cinnamon (or shin) in Portuguese), 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.

An imitation of the Montparnasse derailment has been built outside the Mundo a Vapor ("Steam World") museum theme park in the city.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brazilian Institute of National Statistics and Geography
  2. ^ "Mundo a Vapor". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 October 2012. 

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