São José dos Ausentes is a municipality with an average altitude of 1200 meters, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Its population was approximately 3,543 in 2020. It has an area of approximately 1176 km². Pico do Monte Negro is located in São José dos Ausentes, with its peak 1403 meters above sea level. It is the highest point in Rio Grande do Sul State. The town is 220 km far from state's capital, Porto Alegre.