Day 24 - Rio Grande, Brazil

Rio Grande, Brazil lies on a peninsula at the entrance of a large freshwater lagoon. We arrived at 10:00am alongside two huge oil refinery ships with hundreds of men shouting Hello and waving. It is located 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and the town was founded in 1737. Rio Grande's port took on increasing importance from the mid 19th century because of its frozen beef economy. Today it is the distribution center for the southern part of the state of Río Grande do Sul which borders on Argentina and Uruguay. It's inhabitants are mostly pioneer farmers and descendants of German immigrants. Around the city of Rio Grande, beaches stretch for more than 125 miles, making them the longest uninterrupted beaches in the world. Portuguese is the national language spoken but the Germans adopted the Riograndenser Hunsrückich dialect. The last picture is our view from the balcony which is not as great as some of our other ports have been. It is drizzling rain but the temperature high is supposed to be 82°

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