Visit a Coffee Plantation
This is not something that is easy to arrange, nor is it something that the average tourist gets to experience. However, Londrina was once a primary capitol of coffee production, and if you are interested in how coffee is grown and produced you should visit a coffee plantation when visiting Londrina.
The particular plantation that I visited in this series of photographs happened to have share cropper farmers happen to be friends of a friend type of relationship, and thus organizing a tour is only a phone call. However, it should be possible to find a coffee plantation around Londrina that is willing to see their inner workings.
Coffee picking season is in the middle of autumn, which generally is early to middle of May.
See my Visiting a Coffee Plantation tip for a few photos of the process.
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Large Catholic Cemetery Close to Downtown
Located just a few blocks south of downtown Londrina, the Cemitério São Pedro was just outside the city when it was originally laid out. However, the city has grown around it and now it is pretty much within the central business district, though slightly south of the true center even now.
You will find a variety of crypts used for the dead here - from those obviously owned by fairly wealthy families to those owned by somewhat lesser families. Variety also comes in the sheer number of different type of crypts. Some of these are almost summer houses in appearance, while others are simple concrete platforms. Some are adorned with fairly complicated statues and other artwork, and tile work.
Due to its age, you will find some of the older families here.
The cemetery is in the process of rebuilding some of the older crypts that have fallen into disrepair and are apparently forgotten by the families that have their relatives stored inside.
The plots are rectangular, but the pathways cut through the cemetery at angles in places, creating small triangular plazas. A park like plaza, which has been somewhat neglected, sits in the exact center of the cemetery.
The cemetery center is on the south side of Avenida Juscelino Kubitsheck, on the very south side of the cemetery. They have a unique (to South America most likely) VW van hearse that is used to move the body in the procession from the center to the grave site.
How to Get Here: Follow Avenida São Paulo south from downtown for approximately six blocks and you will come right to the cemetery. Parking can be a bit of a pain, so I do suggest walking. It is a very short distance. The middle of the cemetery is located where Rua Cambara and Avenida São Paulo would come together if the cemetery did not exist. Multiple bus routes operate nearby on Rua Senador Souza Naves (one way street going south) and a few other nearby streets.
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