Why visit Curitiba?
Widely considered a success in urban planning Curitiba is Brazil’s most efficient city, and a forward thinking one at that. With a pedestrianised main shopping area, an innovative public transport system and over 50 square meters of green space per person, Curitiba is a true success story of rapid, yet organised city expansion.Reasons to include Curitiba include:
- Japanese and Ukranian influences are evident in both food and architecture in Curritiba
- Street markets are an important part of life here with excellent open-air food markets
- The Sunday market is the most important, but don't leave it too late as it closes at 2pm
- On Thursday evenings you have the Feria do Batel food market and on Fridays it's the turn of Feria da Praca da Ucrania, it's wonderful to stroll around the take in the sights, sounds and smells
- The pinhao nut is a regional symbol and this ingredient is found in many elaborate local dishes
- Visit the suitably eye-catching Oscar Niemeyer Museum, designed by the famous modernist architect with its many exhibits devoted to his works
- The Wire Opera House is a masterpiece of modern architecture surrounded by dense forest and huge boulders and a lake. It's constructed entirely from glass and steel pipes.
- Jardim Botanico (botanical gardens) is a must, with its imposing main greenhouse, fountains, waterfalls and lakes.
- Take a train back in time to Morretes. Travel over bridges and through tunnels on one of the oldest railroads in the country to this beautiful coastal city, steeped in old world charm. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before being transported back to Curitiba
- View the entire city from the observation deck of the Panoramic Tower which rises 110 metres above the ground
- Curitiba has parks in abundance. Tingui Park houses the striking Ukranian Memoria. Tangua Park, built on the site of an old quarry, offers beautiful scenery including lakes and a waterfall. The park has both an upper and a lower level with beautiful hiking trails. Barigui Park is the most visited park in the city and the third largest.
When to go to Curitiba
Unlike some areas of Brazil, Curitiba does get rather cold in winter with temperatures down into single figures at night. The most popular time to go is November to March, though accommodation can be more pricey at this time, particularly from Christmas through to Carnival. January, February and December see the most rainfall, so do take this into account.
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Time: GMT -3 hours
Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.