Travel and Accommodation
Curitiba is the capital and largest city of Paraná – a region that is considered the “agricultural powerhouse” of Brazil. Besides the increasing establishment of heavy industry, the trade and processing of agricultural products also drives Curitiba’s economy. Its unique public transport system and sustainable infrastructure make Curitiba to be the most “organized, cleanest and safest” Brazilian metropolis. Furthermore Curitiba is a pioneer and an example when the subject turns to sustainability and the environment, has received innumerous awards for sustainability and is listed as a “Green City”.
Discover Curitiba’s rich and diverse fauna and flora in more than 34 parks and groves. We present some highlights:
- Park Barigui:
– walking, running and biking routes surrounding the lake
– Automobile Museum
- Jardim Botanico:
– 180.000 sqm of area for environmental studies
– was elected as The Best View in Brazil in 2013
– Wire Opera House
- Iguaçu Park:
– one of the five most important zoos in Brazil
- Park Marumbi:
– 1,539 metres above sea level
– hiking trails
– 30 km from the city of Curitiba: located in the largest preservation area of the Atlantic Rainforest.
The cosmopolitan capital of Paraná charms visitors with the Curitibano way of life. The culture of Curitiba is influenced by Italian, German, Polish and Ukrainian immigration, as can be noted in some of the city’s important monuments and attractions such as Ukrainian memorial, the Arab memorial or the Bosque de Portugal. Visit also:
- German Woods
-park with native vegetation
– a tribute to the ancient German immigrants
– panoramic view from the Philosopher’s Tower, a wooden structure
- Memorial of Polish Immigration
– located in the Bosque do Papa João Paulo II, in the city center
– a green area of 46,000 square meters
– outdoor museum
- Japan Square
– 30 cherry trees all around the square sent by the Japanese Empire
– artificial Japanese style lakes
– Japanese Portal, House of Culture and a Tea House.
Every year, Curitiba attracts more and more tourists from all over the world. In recent years, the city of Curitiba did a lot to improve their services, now offering several tourist centers, the Linha Turismo, a special bus tour around the city and an expansive network of bike paths. Due to the citys diversity and cultural richness, there will be something to see and discover for everyone. That’s guaranteed! Here are some of the main touristic attractions.
- Panoramic Tower
– 360° view on Curitiba from the Panoramic Tower nearby the station Mercês
– altitude of 109,5m
– telephone museum on the ground floor
- Oscar Niemeyer Museum
– also known as „Museu do Olho“ (= Museum of the Eye)
– dedicated to arts, design and architecture
– the most modern and largest museum in Brazil
- Gueira Theatre
-major artistic and cultural complex in Latin America
– four main rooms with a lively schedule
- Palace of Liberty
– first coty hall of Curitiba
– built in 1897 in an eclectic style
– beautifully decorated in the inside
- Historical Sector
– meeting point for the Curitibanos
– On Sunday mornings there is a mass for tourists at Igreja do Rosário and a craftfair
– churches and reformed old mansions that are turned into cultural spaces
- Municipal Market
– main and most traditional address for shopping in Curitiba
– farm products and delicatessens such as vegetables, wine, cheese, fish and meat
– ethnic restaurants in the food court
- Curitiba Zoo
– Curitiba Zoo is located in Parque Municipal do Iguaçu
– the zoo exhibits more than 1.000 animals from all over the world
– with an area of 589 qm, it is one of Brasils five biggest zoos
Paraná lies in the south of Brazil bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the East, Santa Catarina to the South, Argentina, Paraguay and Mato Grosso do Sul to the West and São Paulo State to the North. In terms of area, it’s the 9th largest state in Brazil. For those in search of breathtaking nature, Paraná is the ideal destination: a coastal rainforest, impressive mountains, beautiful beaches and an interior dotted with lovely towns and villages. Thanks to an immigration policy in the second half of the 19th century, Paraná is remarkable in its multiculturalism.
- Train Ride Curitiba-Paranaguá:
Enjoy a special journey from Curitiba to the coastline with the Serra Verde Express and pass by the impressive 18th century town Morretes. Enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape and attractions along the path during the slow-running 62 miles ride.
- Ilha do Mel:
The “Honey Island” is best reached by boat from Paranaguá and offers 15 miles of mostly wild beaches. It’s the tranquility of the island, a certain backwardness (cars are not allowed) and the ecological preserve in the north that makes a visit certainly a special experience in serenity and simplicity.
Enjoy the beaches on the Atlantic coastline. Some recommendations are Caiobá, Guaratuba, Matinhos and Pontal do Paraná.
- Historic cities:
Morretes is a tiny historic 18th century town with a population of about 18.000 inhabitants and famous for its delicious restaurants. The colorful colonial houses and the ruins of the ancient port which was important for the trade with Paraguay Tea of the harbor city Antonina are definitely worth a trip. Paranaguá is with about 150.000 inhabitants the biggest of the three cities and after all the oldest city of the state – the cradle of Paraná. Numerous tourist attractions, monuments and natural hotspots can be explored here.
- Iguaçu Falls:
On the border to Argentina the “Cataratas do Iguaçu” provide visitors a thunderous natural spectacle when the upper Iguaçu River tumbles into the lower. On the Brazilian side the falls can be reached from the city Foz do Iguaçu. Since the middle of the 80s the falls are UNESCO World Heritage.