Our guide, Lisle, told us that Rio Grande is not a very pretty city and there are not a lot of things to do but it is a historical city. It reminded us of Tijuana years ago in some ways. Lisle told us that our ship needs to stop here to change potable water.
As we walked along Lisle pointed out the Portuguese tile on the street. Our first stop was at the Alfandega Building, the Customs House, which is their equivalent of our IRS. It is a neo-classic style building built by the Emperor Dom Peter II in 1879. We visited the building and went into the meeting room which had a table in it that had sections taken out so that it could accommodate a fat belly so everyone would be comfortable. They called it their silly table.