Passo Fundo is a city in the north of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. It is named after its river, which has the same name as the city. It's the twelfth largest city in the state. Passo Fundo is nicknamed "A Terra de Gente Boa", Portuguese for "The Land of Good People or Folks." The city is known as being one of the most gaúcho cities in all of Rio Grande do Sul. It is not uncommon to see gaúchos walking the streets of Passo Fundo dressed in their full "pilcha" or typical gaúcho costumes.
Passo Fundo is the home town of the football manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and the adopted place of Teixeirinha, a Gaúcho folkloric performer.