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On 5/5/2022 at 5:50 PM, johnfran said:

Any recent info on escort boys in Porto Alegre and thoughts on rentboy saunas there post-Covid. Thanks!

I see that you are not getting any responses from your request for information about Porto Alegre. 

I suspect the lack of responses is because most members of this forum do not visit or have not visited Porto Alegre, I wrote "most". 

I visit Brazil (Rio and Sao Paulo) and parts of Europe often.

A few years back, I visited Porto Alegre a few times. 

If one takes the time and expense to visit Brazil, Rio and Sao Paulo have far more to offer than Porto Alegre.  

There is not much to do or see during the day in Porto Alegre except for minor cultural items.  The city is not particularly interesting compared to Rio and/or Sao Paulo. 

There are two saunas in Porto Alegre. 

My friends like the newer sauna (maybe ten years old or a little older) called Mezzaninu

https://spartacus.gayguide.travel/saunas/portoalegre-riograndedosul/95168_Mezzaninu

It is in an attractive building but not conveniently located to the downtown area. 

The sauna has had its ups and downs as to being a fun and busy sauna to a sauna that had very few providers and clients. 

When the sauna was busy a few years ago, most Brazilian clients and providers were rather "aloof" and not friendly to most foreigners. 

I personally do not like the sauna.

There is another sauna in Porto Alegro called Plataforma.  The sauna is a converted old house.  Many foreign visitors to that sauna do not like it.  I personally prefer that sauna to the newer fancy one named above (Mezzaninu).  I had many fun times in that place called Plataforma.

https://spartacus.gayguide.travel/saunas/southamerica/brazil/portoalegre-riograndedosul/12421_Plataforma

With flights into Rio and Sao Paulo where garotos and fun are plentiful, why would a visitor want to take another flight to travel another seven hundred miles only to see two more saunas located in a dull city?  

If you plan a long vacation in Brazil, it might be fun to travel to Porto Alegre for a weekend.  However, if you take only a two or three week vacation, taking a side trip to Porto Alegre might be something you would not like.  

The above is only my opinion.  You might find that you like Porto Alegre with its two saunas with not much to do during the days.  

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Agree. Underwhelming. I was at Mezzaninu a few years ago, about 3 visits so not entirely representative. Negotiated with 2 visiting go-go dancers, as no regular providers interested me. The city is pleasant enough for a few days. Trees were in bloom. There is a tree-canopied street listed in 10 top globally of that kind of thing. Bused to OK art museum.

Flight was cheap. Stayed with an older retired professional couple in a luxe building. I think it was about $30.

One might find a longer visit exploring Gramado, Canela, winery trail, etc all north of PA interesting. Those higher altitude regions actually sometimes get snow in July/Aug, a draw for Brazilians in more tripical/sub-tropical climes of the country. 
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In COVID era, I don’t know. Likely not better, could be worse for trade. 

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The sauna scene in PA used to be fun.   I remember Plataforma and Mezzaninu (mentioned above) and two others that pre-dated them...but I don't remember their names.   My initial trips to PA were work trips in the 90's so the saunas that were active there were different.  The scene was always inferior to SP and RJ.  Having said that you could sometimes find a real gem of a guy at the Porto Alegre saunas.   It is true that Porto Alegre can be rather boring during the day.  Especially in the winter months of June-August.

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On 5/8/2022 at 3:44 PM, EZEtoGRU said:

The sauna scene in PA used to be fun.   I remember Plataforma and Mezzaninu (mentioned above) and two others that pre-dated them...but I don't remember their names.   My initial trips to PA were work trips in the 90's so the saunas that were active there were different.  The scene was always inferior to SP and RJ.  Having said that you could sometimes find a real gem of a guy at the Porto Alegre saunas.   It is true that Porto Alegre can be rather boring during the day.  Especially in the winter months of June-August.

Rio Grande do Sul is the whitest states of Brazil and one of the wealthiest because of his large middle class, something unusual in the rest of the country. Certainly a nice place to visit but nothing is better than Rio. 

On 5/5/2022 at 8:50 PM, johnfran said:

Any recent info on escort boys in Porto Alegre and thoughts on rentboy saunas there post-Covid. Thanks!

 

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On 6/9/2022 at 7:28 AM, marylander1940 said:

Rio Grande do Sul is the whitest states of Brazil and one of the wealthiest because of his large middle class, something unusual in the rest of the country. Certainly a nice place to visit but nothing is better than Rio. 

 

I think foreign visitors who like Sao Paulo would not agree with you.  

I visit Brazil often.  I much prefer Sao Paulo over Rio because Sao Paulo has a lot of culture and many interesting things to see and do.  Rio is fine but it is often too hot in the summer and the crime rate in Rio is far higher than that of Sao Paulo.  

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32 minutes ago, coriolis888 said:

I think foreign visitors who like Sao Paulo would not agree with you.  

I visit Brazil often.  I much prefer Sao Paulo over Rio because Sao Paulo has a lot of culture and many interesting things to see and do.  Rio is fine but it is often too hot in the summer and the crime rate in Rio is far higher than that of Sao Paulo.  

Río is gorgeous and has beautiful mountains (morros) and beaches. Most foreign visitors who visit Rio love it!

Foreign tourists visiting São Paulo? To see the skyscrapers of Avenida Paulista at 800 mts over sea level or the polluted Tieté? Bahia  and Porto Seguro would be my choice before São Paulo but nothing beats Rio. 

What's your opinion on Rio Grande do Sul? 

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