Located in the central region of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil,
and surrounded by sierra mountains, Santa Maria is known as quot;The
Heart of the Rio Grande.quot; Located 290 km from Porto Alegre, is a city
with easy access and direct road link with the main points of the
Composed by a main domain and nine counties, the population is
around 266 thousand inhabitants more a floating population of
approximately 30 thousand people, mainly formed by students
seeking secondary education, technical education and university,
besides military that make our city the second largest contingent in
Main commercial and service centre in the region, Santa Maria, in
addition to purchases, offers many attractions for the visitors:
monuments, cultural and religious events and many natural
beauties, still has excellent infrastructure in tourist services.
a love story
They tell the legend about a very beautiful indian girl who lived in a
Minuano tribe. Her name, Imembui, means the one saved from
waters, because she was born when his mother,
the indian Yboquitã, bath up in the waters of a
river. Imembui was a very sweet young and
admired by all of her tribe. A girl who lighted
interest of young indians from neighboring tribes.
At that time, a group of bandeirantes
(mercenaries paid to explore the wild country)
that were returning from a colony in Sacramento,
probably in the second half of the seventeenth
century, to take provisions to a portuguese
fortress spotted the village of Minuanos and
thought they were an easy prey because the
bandeirantes only saw a herd of horses, grazing peacefully.
a love story
The bandeirantes used to seize Indians, enslave them and take
them to Sao Paulo to work in ploughing. They attacked the village.
Meanwhile, surprising mistake: in each horse, a
warrior hid in the hidden side of the mount. The
minuanos, advised by his scouts about the
incoming danger, prepared a defense and killed
the attackers. Those who were not killed, fled or
were taken prisoners.
A portuguese bandeirante called Rodrigo, who
was among the prisoners, was also sentenced to
death. The prisoner started to play a song on his
guitar and to sing the nostalgia of his land and the
sad fate that led to a painful end. It was a brave and
sympathetic young man. Imembui, listening to his crying...
a love story
...and admiring that beautiful face, approached herself to him. Her
heart fell in love with Rodrigo and, knowing about his fate, she went
to her father Apacani to keep Rodrigo alive.
Apacani, the leader of the tribe, didn't deny his
daughter's supplication and letf Rodrigo live with
the Minuano. It was performed the marriage of
Imembuí and Rodrigo, in large parties, according
to the indigenous ritual. From there on, Rodrigo
changed his name to Morotin.
According to this legend, Santa Maria had its
origin in the love that united an indian with a
white man on the banks of Itaimbé river, which
today is channelled under the paving of the
In the beginning, there were the Guarani Indians and the armies of
missionaries. The researchers tell that the history of Santa Maria
began with a camp. In 1787, the missions responsible for the
demarcation of boundaries between the areas of Spain and
Portugal already visited
the land where the
city of Santa Maria
would arise. the camp
became a village,
where today is the
Marinho. The mission
became known as
Camp Santa Maria da
Boca do Monte (Santa
Maria Mouth of the
Santa Maria constituted by people of various ethnic descendants.
The Germans and the Italians have strong influence in the initial
development of the city. Along with them, portugueses, polish,
blacks, jews and syrian-lebanese have decisive participation in the
Santa Maria is one of the most important archaeological sites of the
triassic period of the world. Several kinds of dinosaurs were
discovered in the region, among them the Staurikosaurus pricei,
oldest fossil of dinosaur ever found. The region is also rich in fossil
plants, about 200
In museums and
outcrops of the city
you can see a large
nu mber of t race
Few places have a historical experience so committed to each time
lived. Santa Maria is highlighted by its historical cultural heritage
formed by buildings, homes and religious temples. The quot;Mancha
Ferroviáriaquot; is composed by Gare Railway Station, Belgian Town
(first set of housing
blocks in the state of
Rio Grande do Sul,
Brazil) and Manoel
The city has a variety of
the visit, observation,
and memory of
Santa Maria and
state by more than
Considered as the city that holds the Southern Portal of the Atlantic
Forest Biosphere Reserve, Santa Maria, therefore, is a city suited for
the development of ecotourism and adventure tourism. In its
northern territory is the Rebordo of Sierra General. Its geography
presents hills, mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and its hydrography is
composed of the rivers Vacacaí and Vacacaí Mirim.
Each year that passes, Santa Maria focuses on the religious tourism.
We emphasize the Festival of Medianeira, the Shrine of Schoenstatt,
the Deacon João Luiz Pozzobon (now in the process of
canonization), and evangelical movements, mormons, spiritists,
afrobrazilian, buddhist, jewish, islamic, among other. Santa Maria is a
city that welcomes different religious manifestations.
Center of education for excellence, the city includes 7 institutions of
higher education, bringing together more than 198 courses of
graduation, post-graduate (specialization, master's and doctoral)
and technical courses with more than 40 thousand students
standing in the city.
The cuisine of Santa Maria reserves good and delicious surprises.
Italian, German, Portuguese and gaucha cooking, the traditional
galeto and delicious snacks fill the menu of many cafes, restaurants
and churrascarias city offers.