Curitiba Travel Guide

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Curitiba Things to Do

  • Tiradentes square and surrounding area

    Curitiba has some lively streets and the area around Tiradentes square is particularly inviting. On the square you can visit Basilica Cathedral, and check out the local markets. Curitiba has an rich ethnic mix, with many settlers from Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia and Italy.

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  • Walkable city

    Curitiba is the perfect size to explore on foot. There are some nice walking tours you can take in the city. Make sure you visit Tiradentes square, Ordem church and 19 de Dezembro square.

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  • Visit "Stone City" at Vila Velha State...

    A good day trip from Curitiba--it's only about one and a half hours from Curitiba. You can get there by public bus (there is a bus stop right outside the park entrance, on the way to Ponta Grossa) Or, you can sign up with a day tour operator who will take you in a van and narrate. My guide and four van mates spoke Portugese only--I was totally lost...

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  • florianapolis

    Florianópolis (nicknamed Floripa) is the capital city of Santa Catarina State in southern Brazil. It is composed of one main island, the Island of Santa Catarina (Ilha de Santa Catarina), a continental part and the surrounding small islands. It has a population of 406,564, according to a 2006 Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics...

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  • camboriu seabath

    Camboriu Beach (Balneário Camboriú), Brazil is nestled along the Atlantic coast in the State of Santa Catarina. Camboriu has become the biggest Brazilian tourist region south of Sao Paulo, hosting more than one million Brazilian and foreign tourists every year. The region's history dates back to 1592 as a Spanish settlement. The Portuguese took...

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  • iguacu waterfalls

    Iguazu Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls (Portuguese: Cataratas do Iguaçu, (Portuguese pronunciation: [kataˈɾatɐz du iɡwaˈsu]; Spanish: Cataratas del Iguazú, Spanish pronunciation: [kataˈɾatas del iɣwaˈsu]) are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and...

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Curitiba Restaurants

  • Madero: The Best Burger You Will Find in...

    This is the best hamburger place in Curitiba. Madero serves top-quality hamburgers in a pleasant setting. There are several locations in the city and are not hard to find. There are restaurants at Shopping Estacao, Shopping Mueller, one location in a district called Sao Francisco, another near Praca Osorio and another one near the street Nossa...

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  • Great Italian Restaurant - bring a big...

    Santa Felicidade is known as the "gastronomic center" of Curitiba due to the many fine Italian restaurants to be found in this neighborhood. Our friend Lucia took my Mom and I to Restaurante Veneza, a local favorite, for a very memorable lunch.We went for lunch on a Friday afternoon, and it was quite busy. Once you sit down, you are offered wine or...

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  • Arab food - fast food style!

    Habib's is a fast-food chain, supposedly with 200 locations throughout Brasil and Mexico combined. It's the equivalent almost of a Burger King or Del Taco (but slightly better food!)After passing by Habib's several times while riding a bus or in a car, I finally had an opportunity to eat there...for a friend's daughter's bday party! It was a...

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Curitiba Nightlife

  • Forró in Curitiba

    If you stay in Curitiba and you are a forró fan, or just want being introduced to forró, go to Calamengau and dance the whole night.>>Go on Saturdays

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  • German Athmosphere

    A rustic bar, inspired on german way of drinking beer. So, many german dishes, music (however it plays other rhythms) and beautiful people. As you want

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  • Dance club of the moment

    Hottest nightclub in Curitiba supposedly, went there once and did enjoy myself. It has a large bar and lounge area to the left and then a separate room with a modest sized dance floor with a bar to the right of it. Many pretty people and top DJs in Brazil have played there. The music is house techno, there is a VIP section that is just an area...

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Curitiba Transportation

  • Bus to Paraguay

    Curitiba is connected by bus with the town of Ciudad Del Este across the border in Paraguay. It is a night bus and pretty unceremoniously plants you just over the border, where no-one seems fussed with border control. It is also connected to Sao Paulo and other cities in Parana state. Tickets are available at the bus station but you may have to...

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  • between curitiba, morretes and rio

    wait. so you say you want to go from curitiba to morretes. but you want to bus from rio to curitiba? are you going to catch a bus from morretes to rio?you can buy a ticket a couple of days in advance from the bus station. i don't know about reserving online. i actually wouldn't do it. it may cost you a lot more, and the bus times change a lot...

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  • Metro system

    Curitiba has no metro system and the reason for this is simple: a public transport system is supposed to be available to the masses, which means it must be relatively cheap to use - very important in developing countries. The cost of building and maintaining a metro system would by necessity, have to be reflected on much higher fare costs thus...

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Curitiba Shopping

  • Shopping shopping everywhere

    Curitiba has over 30 shopping malls. Estacao is named after the restored train station that houses it. There are 180 stores here, including a train museums and lots of international food outlets. A great place to while away the hours.

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  • Shopping Malls - West side

    This is the newest shopping mall in town, located very near to the Barigui Park.Excellent neighborhood, but quite far from downtown.Shops and stores for everything you need, but prices are also sort of "salty".

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  • Shopping, food, great people-watching...

    In many major cities around the world, there are central pedestrian malls. In Curitiba, the main pedestrian shopping area (supposedly the first to be designed/installed in Brasil) is found on Rua Das Flores.You will find several blocks of shopping, restaurants, and street performers here. Bustling during the day. Most shops close around 6:00pm, so...

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Curitiba Local Customs

  • HSBC Christmas Children's Choir

    Presentation that none of those who visit Curitiba during the Christmas season should miss, is HSBC Children's choir. The celebration started in 1991 as a present for the city of Curitiba, home to HSBC's Brazilian headquarters. This annual celebration has become one of the city's best known attractions. At night, three times a week, starting the...

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  • Parana Pine Tree - The Symbol of Parana

    One of the first things that I noticed on my visit of Curitiba, was a large number of interesting flat-topped trees, with tall straight trunk and horizontal branches, that resemble pine tree. These are Araucaria angustifolia, also known as Parana pine tree is the symbol of Parana. You see them everywhere - not only in the numerous city's parks but...

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  • Feira Especial de Natal

    From the end of November until the end of December there is the annual Feira Especial de Natal (Special Christmas Fair) in Praca Osorio. Local artisans participate in the fair with the products that are related to Christmas, suitable for presents or directed to tourists. It is organized by Municipal Office of Tourism which make the selection of...

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Curitiba Warnings and Dangers

  • Be Extremely Careful Crossing the...

    While Curitiba is an organized street in terms of a grid street design, that doesn't mean the streets of this city are safe. There are several issues with crossing streets in Curitiba. One, the crossing signals don't always work and need maintenance. Secondly, the buses fly by you at high speeds as the drivers are always in a rush to get to their...

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  • Take it easy on the sidewalks!

    One of the biggest claims among Curitiba's residents is the conservation of the sidewalks. This is a problem all over Brazil and this city also suffer with this issue. Many of the downtown's sidewalks are made of portuguese-style pavement, which consists in a mosaic of 4 or 5 inches white rock cubes. This can be beautiful and exotic, but makes any...

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  • Safety in Curitiba

    Like the biggest metropolitan areas of the world, Curitiba, with their 3 million people, is not free from problems on safety. Street crime is common and although has lower rates than Rio and São Paulo, is enough to set up the visitor's behavior there. When walking on the street be aware of suspicious people and don't stop if someone stops you...

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Curitiba Tourist Traps

  • 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,...

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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...

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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...

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Curitiba What to Pack

  • Bring a Set of Warm Clothes for Fall and...

    You should bring one piece of luggage for your personal effects, computer,etc. However, I would fill the rest of the first suitcase and second suitcase with clothes for colder weather. Curitiba is about 900 meters above sea level. From March to June (fall in Brazil) and June to September (winter in Brazil), it can get cold in the city. You should...

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  • If you travel on winter...

    Be sure to pack some warm clothes. Unlike touristic Brazil, Curitiba can be really chilly on winter. Temperatures normally reaches 0C (32F). But with no central heating available. So, if you have bad luck, you may even feel cold indoors.

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  • Coats and an umbrella

    Even during the summer you may need a coat at night....rainy days can happen in any season. Do not be fooled by the fact that Curitiba is in a tropical country...we are in the South...the South Pole is not that far away..:))

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Curitiba Off The Beaten Path

  • Ilha do Mel (Honey Island)

    After doing sightseeing for a day or two, what would be more suitable than spending some time outside the city, on the secluded tropical beach, without the traffic noise... If you look for this, then Ilha do Mel is the place to go.The island is a natural reserve and impresses with its scenery. It is an extraordinary place with no roads and cars, an...

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  • Fine Wines of Durigan Winery

    Starting in Dall'Armi, Luiz and me continued our wine tasting journey and finally ended in Durigan Winery. It is the biggest and the most modern from those that we have visited and it offers the greatest selection of wine. Durigan family arrived in Brazil in 1845 from Treviso. Their activities were always dedicated to agriculture, especially the...

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  • Santa Felicidade - Holy Happiness :)))

    Some 8 km northwest of the city is Santa Felicidade, an outer suburb of Curitiba. The residents like to refer to it as an Italian colony inside the city. It's the neighbourhood where some of the first immigrants from northern Italy settled. They dedicated themselves to the agricultural production and especially in wine and cheese making. The name...

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Curitiba Favorites

  • Poty Lazzarotto - Artist of Curitiba...

    Napoleon Potyguara Lazzarotto (1924-1998), or simply Poty Lazzarotto, was an important curitibano painter and ilustrator. He graduated at the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio and receiving the French government scholarship, studied litography at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In the 50's he gave classes in schools of arts in Sao...

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  • Curitiba is not Europe!!!

    The City of Curitiba is well-known by its transportation system, quality of life, urban structure and cleanless streets. In fact, it seems to be on a higher level of development if compared to other brazilian and latin american cities. The locals are very proud of this fame, ans since most of them have some european ancestries, they do believe in...

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  • Local Events

    To find out what festivals, art exhibits, movies, music concerts, etc. are happening during your planned visit to Curitiba, check out the Discover Curitiba website. It has a good listing for restaurants, etc.Very helpful in my last two trips to Curitiba. I learned about a local music festival, art exhibit, dance shows, etc.Check it out:...

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