ARAPONGAS, THE CITY OF THE BIRDS
It is the only city in the country where all streets have bird names, including the name of the municipality. Chupa-dente, Alma de Gato, Bagageiro, Caçador-de-Árvore, Andarilho, Asa-de-Telha, Negafa e Barbudo-de-Coroa are just a few examples of city names.
The municipality of Arapongas is located in the Metropolitan Region of Londrina, Microregion of Apucarana and Meso-region of North-Central Paranaense. It is located at a distance of 380 kilometers from the state capital, Curitiba. Due to the power of industry, commerce and the quality of services, it is one of the most developed municipalities in Paraná. Arapongas has, according to IBGE, an estimated population of 121,198 people. It is route to Mercosul (through PR 444) and is also served by rail and airport.
WHAT TO DO
FURNITURE TRADE FAIRS
The city promotes furniture fairs such as Movelpar and FIQ (International Quality Fair in Machinery, Raw Materials and Accessories for the Furniture Industry).
The festival has several options for gastronomy, leisure and activities for all audiences. When it comes to food, the options are the most varied. With the presence of several restaurants and chefs, the event brings drinks and options of different cuisines involving the specialties with avocado. The event usually happens annually in the month of August.
WALK BY THE CITY
When walking through the streets of Arapongas, look at their name - they are all birds!
KNOW THE PARK OF THE BIRDS
For those who travel with family or want to relax after meetings, the tip is to enjoy the Bird Park. The environmental complex is one of the city's 45,000-square-foot postcards, three lakes, hiking trails and leisure facilities.
KNOW THE SACRED CHURCH HEART OF JESUS
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church is a reference, for its architectural beauty in colonial style. The altar tiles have gold details and the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is framed in Baroque style.
MOST VISITED PLACES
MAHRA – Museum of Art and History of Arapongas
Installed on the premises of the old railway station of the city, the museum is housed in an old historical building that housed the municipal administration between 1955 and 2010. The collection counts on regional works of art, disks, play the disc, lamps, photos and documents that reveal the data of the city, since its foundation in 1947. Also part of the collection are instruments that go back to the temporal reconstruction of the public spaces of the municipality, such as the cinema and the school of the region.
It was the main commercial center of the 1950s, an era essentially agricultural, quite before the emergence of the locomotive called the furniture industry, which currently boosts the city's economy. Revitalized, the building retains the original features of the facade, but follows the trends of modern architecture in its internal structure.
WHERE TO STAY
Because of the movement generated by business, the planned city, with wide, tree-lined streets, offers good lodging options. It has hotels of high standard for those who seek comfort. For those who want to rest, there is the option of local inns.
The city of Arapongas is a strong avocado producer. The fruit is present in the local gastronomy, including in fairs. The Egg and Avocado Fair seeks to rescue the tradition of the Quermesses and spread the local history and culture, as well as having a menu filled with curious and tasty dishes involving the fruit, such as avocado pudding, brigadeiro, potato chips with avocado sauce, etc.