24 hour-street - don't loose your time
The 24-hour street is strongly recommended to be skipped in your visit to this city. There are signs in the streets and even guidebooks with the indication as a sight of interest, but there's nothing at all. It's a gallery between two downtown streets that was made in 1992 with the purpose of serve the community with 24-hour commerce, services, bars and restaurants. At that time this was a very different thing in brazil and local says in the first years was a very fashionable place with full of people in the shops and bars. Today it's just a walkway full of closed businesses and decadent environment, even with drug dealers and suspicious people. AVOID IT!
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cold weather in the winter
This southern brazil city has very different climate stardards from the rest of this tropical country. Although the summers may be very pleasant, the period between april and september can be freezing. The point here is not because the weather itself, it's all about heating of indoor environments, which are inexistent!! Even the houses doesn't have some kind of heating, and don't isolate the cold to outside. There are some people from Canada who suffered more in the Curitiba's mild weather than in their home towns.
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Bus system world-renowned?
I read on some websites about Curitiba's "world-renowned bus system". So I wondered what was so special about it. And I still havent figuered it out. The bus stations are tubes, okay, thats different. But appart from that? The buses have their own lanes, but in Europe that is normal. A good public transport system usually has a metro as well, but Curitiba doesnt. Also, the buses in Curitiba dont look very modern.
So maybe this bus system is the best within Brazil, but surely not world-wide.
Tourists = Mosquitoes' Feast (see revision**)
As part of the tour of Vila Velha State Park, you will be guided to a bus that will take you down a bumpy road for about 25 minutes. There, everyone disembarks at Lagoa Dourada, more of an inland lagoon than a lake. There was not much to behold there--so as you take the little 10-minute walk around the perimeter of the lake, you notice that everyone around you (since you were smart enough to put on some insect repellant, of course), starts slapping themselves silly, because they are being attacked by mosquitoes.
I would have rather spent another 30-40 minutes hiking around the stone formations, rather than enduring a somewhat uncomfortable bus ride that was longer than the actual viewing time at the mosquito-infested lake area.
Unique Suggestions: DO put on insect repellant; DO try to appreciate that the Lagoa is part of the overall beautiful experience of visiting Vila Velha.
Fun Alternatives: Go on your own; not with a tour group, then you won't feel so obligated to go see the lake!
**21 April 2004: A fellow Curitiba community member on Orkut.com advised me that the best time to visit Lagoa Dourada is at sunrise or sunset time, when the sun's reflections on the lake give it its "golden" glow ("dourada" = "golden") Thank you Ricardo for this tip! I now stand corrected with your helpful advice!
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Local Airport during fall and...
Local Airport during fall and winter!
During this seasons the airport has no visibilty to operate during morning and night, most of earliest and latest flights have some delay. If you have to do some connections with other flights departuring from Curitiba, be carefull!
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