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Santa Maria

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Heart of Rio Grande do Sul

Known as a university town and a place of pilgrimage, Santa Maria combines the traditional and modern in a wide range of cultural attractions. The students keep the style and taste of the town moving, with theaters, bars, and live music venues. A tour of Santa Maria also reveals its heritage, lovingly maintained attractive religious buildings, colonial-era architecture, and many museums relating to the history of the area and the paleontological discoveries made here. Plan your vacation with our Brazil trip planner and discover the best things to do in Santa Maria.
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For a city break, head to the Centro district, where you'll find the largest choice of accommodations in Santa Maria. Basic hotel rooms offer comfortable places to rest up after a long day exploring the town, while luxury options boast views, pools, and swanky bars--with the higher prices to match. Away from Centro, look to the city's arterial roads, where economical motels and guesthouses make a good option if you're planning day trips both into the town center and out to the surrounding landscape.
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