Brazil is 6th place on the safe haven list. If you like lush mountain settings, a Bavarian feel to your community, and are willing to learn Portuguese, then continue reading – because you may just have found your safe have paradise!
Santa Catarina and Rio Grande Do Sul states in the far southeast part of the country have to-die-for beaches, gorgeous lush mountains, beautiful scenery, good infrastructure, a German/Bavarian feel, good economy, few natural disasters, good weather, ample rainfall. No earthquakes, tornados, or hurricanes.
We think that the most southern state, Rio Grande do Sul is where you should look at expatriating to for survival reasons. So we shall mostly give information for that area. We will mention that the Curitiba area of the state of Santa Catarina is very nice and has spectacular scenery, though it isn’t quite as good for survival as the mountainous area in the state of Rio Grande do Sul that we like a lot. The areas between Joinville and Blumenau in Santa Catarina have become a bit of an expat haven. We think the location is too close to the coast for “comfort”. If you are willing to take the chance of being within 50 miles of the coast, then you may want to look into this area as well.
The southern tip of Brazil is really the only place in the country that meets many of requirements for survivability, including but not limited to: weather (the closest thing to four seasons in the country), southern South America (for all the southern hemisphere reasons), food production (a wider variety of food available to be grown), a fairly large immigrant population (German, Italian, Slavic, and other mostly European ethnic communities abound in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.)
In the northeast part of Rio Grande do Sul is the area of the state that we favor above any place else in the country. There are immense canyons, spectacular terraced vineyards, incredible araucaria pine forests, jaw-dropping waterfalls, lush “mountains” and charming country hotels, wineries, and resorts.
The Vale dos Vinhedos (Valley of Vineyards) in the state of Rio Grande do Sul is spectacular and very well situated for survival needs. Many of the inhabitants are descendants from Veneto, Italy. This location in northeast Italy is known for its vineyards and so therefore is the Vale dos Vinhedos in Brazil. The entire valley is like a lush green version of an Italian countryside valley (only it is in Brazil and MUCH greener!) The valley is situated just outside the city of Bento Goncalves to the southwest. It is this city that can be your home base for exploration of the surrounding countryside. Within 60 to 70 miles (north, south, east or west) of Bento Goncalves is the area that we suggest you investigate for expatriation to Brazil.
Gramado is a mountain resort that resembles a central European village. The pine forests in the area are reminiscent of Germany’s Black Forest, Swiss chalet architecture would remind you of a village in the Swiss Alps, and the downtown area has chocolate shops, fondue restaurants, and cheese stores to delight the most discriminating tastes.
Gramado is located only 40 miles to the east (as the crow flies) from Bento Goncalves. Just to the west of Gramado is the VERY German town of Nova Petropolis. If you like German influences, then you will love Nova Petropolis. Just to the east of Gramdo is the European-like village of Canela. This vibrant village is a central location for exploring the surrounding countryside, which is full of adventurous hikes, spectacular waterfalls, valleys and canyons, river rafting, and overall eye-popping scenery.
European-like village of Canela. This vibrant village is a central location for exploring the surrounding countryside, which is full of adventurous hikes, spectacular waterfalls, valleys and canyons, river rafting, and overall just eye-popping scenery.