Passo Fundo in Brazil is sometimes called A Terra de Gente Boa or The Land of Good People. If you're looking to spot gaúchos in the streets, this is a not a bad place to start as it's fairly common to see them around in their typical dress and pilcha.
The city is home to some 190,000 people and lies in the north of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southern most state.
The city airport is called Lauro Kurtz Airport (IATA: PFB) and is located about 8km out of town. It has daily flights to cities in Brazil, including São Paulo, Campinas, Caçador, Curitiba and Porto Alegre. From there, you can connect to international flights.
Passo Fundo is well-connected by road. The main roads in and out are the BR 285 (in east to west direction), the BR 153 (going north to south), the RS 324 (heading northwest to southeast) and lastly the RS 135, which leads northeast.
- Kathedrale Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Cathedral of Our Lady of Apparition). The cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Passo Fundo.
- Prix Hotel, Rua Lava Pés, 3600, Passo Fundo. A 4 star, well-equipped hotel with airconditioned rooms and facilities including a gym and swimming pool. From R$250/310 for a single/double.
- Maitá Palace Hotel, Avenida Brasil Leste, 400. A bit out of town but close to the bus station and not to far from the airport. From R$180/225 for a single/double.