destination: Curitiba

May 10, 2010 | By More

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Curitiba is a large Brazilian city where the presence of European colonization is felt everywhere and where green spaces abound. Citizens of Curitiba are proud of their city and that reflects on the care and affection they show towards the city. It is not by chance that Curitiba was recently awarded the Globe Sustainable City Award 2010.

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1. HOW TO GET THERE:

All the main Brazilian airlines fly to Curitiba airport, on the outskirts of the city. To get from the airport to the city there is an excellent shuttle bus service to different points in two. The ticket costs R$8 and more details can be found at the Aeroporto Executivo web page.

You can also reach Curitiba by bus. It’s a six-hour journey from São Paulo, 12-hour journey from Foz do Iguaçu and a 4-hour journey from Florianópolis.

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2. WHEN TO GO:

The seasons in Curitiba are better defined than further north in Brazil. It gets quite chilly in winter and it is quite hot during the summer. You can visit Curitiba all-year round but if you plan on doing so during winter, don’t forget to pack warm clothing.

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3. CAREFUL WITH:

The cold winter.

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4. WE LIKE THE MOST:

The feeling of being on a place where urban planning took place, something exceptional in the Brazilian context. The numerous parks. The wonderful monkey-puzzle trees.

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5. WE LIKE THE LEAST:

Not everything is perfect in Curitiba. The often praised public transportation system is being stretched to its limit. Greater Curitiba is one of the most violent metropolitan areas in Brazil. Some Italian restaurants at the Santa Felicidade neighbourhood are anything but food temples.

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6. FAVOURITE PLACES:

The Wireframe Opera, the Tanguá Park, the Ukranian Memorial, the Botanic Gardens, the Niemeyer Museum.

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7. PIECE OF ADVICE:

  • at Curitiba, the main sights we have given details on what we consider to be unmissable sights in the city.
  • two days are enough to see the main sights, for as long as you are willing to pay quick visits to the parks. If green spaces are you thing, three or four days might be an excellent idea.
  • a great number of Curitiba sights, including most marks, are scattered throughout the city. Distances are too big to be covered on foot. For that reason, you need some form of transportation. A rented car can be useful if you are going to spend the weekend in Curitiba, when the traffic is manageable. Curitiba has a hop-in hop-off tourist bus called Linha Turismo. We published a blog post with all the details: Linha Turismo, Curitiba’s hop-on hop-off bus.
  • a hotel location near the centre of Curitiba is advisable.
  • entrance to parks in Curitiba is free.
  • if you are going to stay a few days in Curitiba, you can’t miss the train ride to Morretes, going down the Serra do Mar mountain range. Full details here: the Curitiba-Paranaguá railway journey.
  • Sunday morning it’s time for a stroll around the Feira do Largo da Ordem fair in the historic centre of Curitiba.
  • European food is well represented in Curitiba. German beer at the Bar do Alemão; Polish sweets at the Kawiarnia Krakowiak and Ukranian food at Durski. A good sample of local food can be had at the Estrela da Terra restaurant.
  • the Santa Felicidade neighbourhood is famous for its Italian restaurants. Ginormous dining halls and horrid decoration is the name of the game for a sizeable number of the restaurants you’ll find there.

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9. ACCOMMODATION:

You can search for accommodation in Curitiba through our Hotels Combined search engine, a unique free tool that searches multiple hotel reservation websites simultaneously to help you find the lowest rate instantly. It eliminates the need to search major websites one by one in order to compare prices and availability. An amazing time and money saver!

The results open on a new page.

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10. HEALTH:

You don’t need any vaccines if you are planning to visit Curitiba.

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11. LINKS:

The official websites Viaje Curitiba and Curitiba Convention and Visitors Bureau have loads of information on the city.

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12. WEATHER FORECAST:

The weather in Curitiba for the next 10 days.

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13. CLIMATE:

Average temperatures and rainfall in Curitiba at the br.weather.

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14. GOOGLE MAPS:

Our annotated map of Curitiba.

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16. PHOTO ALBUM:

Curitiba photo album (click on the link to go to the album)

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  1. Tony says:

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