THE MOST INTELLIGENT CITY OF BRAZIL
The largest city in the south of the country, with almost 2 million inhabitants, Curitiba is a reference in quality of life and was elected the most intelligent city in Brazil. However, despite the futuristic aspects, the capital of Paraná preserves many characteristics of inland cities.
The influence of the European immigrants, who still maintains their roots here and who gave to the metropolis a beautiful cultural and gastronomic diversity, can be noticed in all corners of the city, with typical restaurants, handicrafts, woods, squares and parks of Curitiba.
The city also stands out for efficient public transportation and urban mobility, as well as a strong artistic production. All this becomes Curitiba a destination full of facilities and attractions, with excellent services for tourists.
You will certainly be very welcome. Come and don’t forget the coat!
WHAT TO DO
For those who enjoy Fairs, there are many options in Curitiba, from typical foods to clothes and crafts. The feature is Largo da Ordem Fair, which takes place every Sunday in the historic city center.
HOW TO ARRIVE
It is possible to arrive the capital by plane, at the International Airport in São José dos Pinhais, Metropolitan Region of Curitiba, or by land, BR-101, BR-116, BR-277 and BR-376.
WHERE TO STAY
Curitiba has well defined hotel zones. Almost all lodging options are concentrated between the Center, the Historical Center and the Batel neighborhood. The values of the daily ones please all the pockets and certainly you will find a good option which combines quality and price.
Great cuisine is one of the most attractive spots in the city. The influence of immigrants has greatly diversified the local flavors and it is impossible to go through Curitiba without experiencing the tasty local recipes.
And the best, differently other cities, Curitiba has a cuisine with a great value for money. The many local restaurants offer dishes inspired by different cultures: barbecues, natural foods, seafood, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Arabic, among others.
A walk through Santa Felicidade , can be a invitation to the eyes and the taste. The redoubt of Italian immigrants is famous for its pasta casters. There are over 30 excellent restaurants, as well as wineries, wine bars and craft shops. That is, Curitiba offers options for all types of palates.
MOST VISITED PLACES
Developed to facilitate those who visit the capital of Paraná, the Tourism Line follows a route that connects the most interesting points to be visited in the city. With this service, the visitor does not waste time organizing itineraries, tracing routes or even researching the most interesting aspects of Curitiba. The tour line has 24 stops and the cost per passenger is R$ 50 (reais). The boarding pass entitles you to unlimited shipments for 24 hours.
Located in the heart of Curitiba, the oldest park in the city, it was inaugurated in 1886. The Public Promenade has an entrance gate that remits to the past and is inspired by the Cemetery of Dogs of Paris. Its interior offers lakes, a suspension bridge and very green, and still a small zoo, for the diversion of the visitors.
24 Hour Street
A popular meeting point for Curitiba visitors, 24 Hour Street attracts tourists and locals looking for local bars, restaurants and snack bars. The space is very charming because of its tubular structure. The street is a crossing that connects the streets Visconde de Nacar and Visconde do Rio Branco.
One of the most visited places by tourists visiting Curitiba. It is a place which presents beauty and uniqueness. In addition to beautiful gardens and fish ponds, the Botanical Garden has a beautiful glass conservatory, inspired by London's Crystal Palace. The park has 178 thousand square meters of green area, gardens and a greenhouse with 458 square meters with numerous species of typical plants. The multicolored gardens offer a sense of beauty and charm, valued by a beautiful water source.
Oscar Niemeyer Museum
The Museum houses important references of national and international artistic production, with approximately 7 thousand works in the areas of visual arts, architecture and design. It is considered the largest art museum in Latin America, with a space of more than 17 thousand square meters of exhibition area. Every year, it carries out 20 exhibitions on average. It features a long-term exhibition of Asian works and objects - sculptures, furniture, ceramics, porcelain, paintings, metal objects, engravings, calligraphy, textiles - from more than 10 countries such as China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Bhutan , Iran, Afghanistan and Myanmar. The building also has sculptures in the garden and on the floor of the museum, as well as a café and a souvenir shop. You can not leave this tour out of your itinerary!
For nature lovers, the place provides one of the most beautiful sunset moments in the city of Curitiba. With a 65-meter observatory on top of a former quarry, visitors have a unique and unique view of the park's 235,000 square feet, surrounded by an immense green area, gardens and a wonderful waterfall. The space still counts on a snack bar to attend to the visitors.
Wire Opera House
The place has a unique architecture which distinguishes it from other sights of the city. It has become a must stop for anyone who is visiting Curitiba. Encrusted in the woods, the Wire Opera is a house of shows and events built entirely on a tubular structure and glass. The place is part of the itinerary of the Tourism Line. The visit is free.
Another very nice option to visit is the Panoramic Tower, which offers a 360º view of Curitiba. Located in one of the highest districts of the capital of Paraná, the observatory allows to observe the whole city at 100 meters high. The most suggestive time to climb the Panoramic Tower is during sunset. The entrance fee is quite affordable and worth having this experience!
German's Grove (Bosque do Alemão)
With 38 thousand square meters, the German's Grove, besides the exuberant nature, the park honors the descendants of Germans who chose Curitiba for their dwellings. The start of the tour can begin in the building of the Bach Oratory, which is actually a replica of an old church. On local there is a bistro where you can taste several delights. Another charm of the grove is the beautiful structure of raw wood which leads to the lookout of the park, which offers a privileged view of the city. Still in the local , children live a unique experience, walking through the forest against the House of the Witch - where children can hear stories and know the history of John and Mary.
John Paul II Grove
The local has more than 46 thousand square meters of green area. It was inaugurated in commemoration of the visit of Pope John Paul II to the city. The grove is not only a memorial to the pope and the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, but he pays homage to the Polish people, who brought an important contribution to the history of the city. There, visitors can observe typical Polish houses: the house blessed by the pontiff when he was in the city and a museum with old machinery used by Poles at the time of the first immigration, in 1871.
Towards the bucolic seaside town of Morretes, the train leaves the railway station of Curitiba. On the way, the tour cuts the Serra do Mar (Sea Mountain ) providing a unique experience due to the beautiful scenery. In the destination one can still taste a delicious barreado, typical food of Morretes. The train departs from Curitiba on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the morning, returning in the late afternoon, taking up to 1,100 passengers. In the high season the train operates every day. A very common alternative in this tourist option is the visitor to go by train to the coast and return by van or bus along Graciosa road. The road that connects Morretes to Curitiba has a special charm due to its winding road, flowering banks that cross the Atlantic forest. The train journey takes approximately three hours, 110 km of rails amidst wonderful scenery.
A beautiful alternative in the city would be to walk through the Historic Center in the central region of Curitiba. It preserves the history portrayed in the old buildings of the city, when it was still called the Village of Our Lady of the Light of the Pine forests. The historic center has a bucolic and cozy atmosphere. Strolling through the stone streets, the tourist can visit the Order's Church, one of the oldest in the city, and consecrated works such as the Solar do Barão, the Paço da Liberdade and the Giuseppe Garibaldi Palace, where Italian immigrants met.