Maringá is a city in southern Brazil that was founded on May 10, 1947. Maringá is the third largest city in the state of Paraná. The city has a population of 298,828 (estimation IBGE, 2002), 490,030 (metropolitan area, estimation IBGE, 2002). It is a regional centre and is made up of commerce, services, agro-industries, and universities, including the State University of Maringá.
In 1925 middle the Land Company was established North of the Paraná, current Company Improvements North of the Paraná. It was responsible for the settling of more than 500,000 alqueires in the Region North of the State, where today some of the biggest cities of the Paraná meet.
Regionally Famous Cathedral and Park
"A Regional Center"
Maringá is regionally famous for its cathedral, which is as high as any of the high rise buildings in the city.
There is also a large city center park which has a number of interesting items, including some regional history exhibits and some interesting wildlife.
The city serves as a regional commerce center for the surrounding farming area, and other than the cathedral and the park, there isn't a huge amount here that would be of interest to tourists.
Getting to the city from Sao Paulo is fairly easy, as there are several flights as well as intercity bus lines that come here. If you are traveling overland, it might be worthwhile to stay here for a time as a travel break between cities that have more for the tourist.
The photo at above, of the Maringá Cathedral, was taken from the breakfast restaurant at the Golden Inga hotel.
As you can tell from the photos, Maringá has a compact downtown, and pretty much everything of interest is within walking distance if you are located in the downtown core. The tall buildings downtown quickly fade into lower buildings, which quicly become countryside.
At one time there was an important warehouse district for loading agricultural products into railroad cars for shipment to the rest of the country, and for certain export crops such as coffee the rest of the world. However, much of that has been removed during urban renewal projects. Even so, today Maringá is an important commercial center for the surrounding farming communities.