Rio Torch Relay Day 67: Seven Cities In Eastern Rio Grande do Sul

On each day of the official Olympic torch relay, carrying the Olympic flame to the Olympic cauldron in Rio de Janeiro, the Rio2016 Facbeook page is posting brilliant and spectacular images from one of the world’s unique and most beautiful landscapes. Each day until August 5th, we will bring you these stunning images.

On day 67 the torch travelled through a whopping seven different cities, all throughout eastern Rio Grande do Sul. It began its march heading north of Porto Alegre, where it finished up yesterday.

It first travelled to Canoas, an extended urban area of Porto Alegre. It is home to over 300,000 inhabitants and has the second highest GDP in the state. It is less than 20km north of Porto Alegre. The torch then continued its journey north, heading to Esteio. Esteio is a further 5km north of Canoas, and is also considered to be in the metropolitan area of Porto Alegre. It is known for being the city where the Expointer, one of the most well known farming fairs in South America, takes place.

The torch continued to travel north on the eastern side of the state, going to Novo Hamburgo, Gramado, and Canela. Novo Hamburgo is known for being named after the city of Hamburg in Germany, and it’s population remains predominantly of German descent. Gramado was originally settled by Azorean descendants and later received a contingent of German and Italian immigrants. It is one of the towns along the route known as Rota Romantica (Romantic Route). Canela, located just north of Gramado, translates to the english word cinnamon. The city is known for attractions such as the Caracol Waterfall, the Horseshoe Park, and the Stone Cathedral.

The torch then headed west to Nova Petropolis, a small municipality with just 20,000 inhabitants. It is known as a historical town, with mainly German-Brazilian immigrants. From there the torch went north to its final destination of the day, Caxias do Sul. Caxias do Sul, situated in the mountainous region of Serra Gaucha, is the second largest city in Rio Grande do Sul and is home to the National Grape and Wine Festival every year.

Check out the images from day 67 below:

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Fernando Soutello

Rio2016/Fernando Soutello

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Fernando Soutello

Rio2016/Fernando Soutello

Rio2016/Fernando Soutello

Rio2016/Fernando Soutello

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Mourao

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Andre Luiz Mello

Rio2016/Fernando Soutello

Rio2016/Fernando Soutello

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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