Chapecó is one of the largest cities in western Santa Catarina. But because it is on the border of Rio Grande do Sul, it maintains some of its neighbor’s traditions – the statue of the ax-wielding gaucho frontiersman, the local symbol, makes that clear.
Chapecó sits on a road intersection and is an agro-industry center, its economy is based on cattle, poultry and pork meat processing and exporting. Large meat packing companies have their headquarters or important bases of operations here.
Downtown has a well-organized traffic and a concentration of hotels, restaurants and services. The industrial district is in the suburbs where you find country homes and farms and rural tourism locations.