The coati is a little racoon like animal that is also called long nosed coon.It's not dangorous as such but they are very annoying as they dig in to anything that looks like food and they are all over the place at the iguacu falls as soon as there is food in sight.At first you will probaply think they are really cute with their funny long noses but...more
Although we were staying on the Argentinian side of the falls, we did have the opportunity to drop...more
If you pop over to Argentina to see the argentinian side of the falls (and you should do that) then you should either change some money in to pesos or just use creditcard as the exchange rate they give you for reais there is very very bad.Generally speaking 1 real is around 2,5 pesos but most shops and cafes on the argentinian side of the falls...more
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...more
Good comfortable rooms overlooking Japan park. The room stay features complimentary breakfast...more
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.more
Lembranças is the word used in Brasilian Portuguese for small items that serve as a reminder of a place, and is derived from Portuguese for "remember". It is essentially how we would use souvenir in English, though I have been told there are some differences in what it applies to.Normally, I would not suggest that anyone go into the Shopping Royal,...more
Rua Edwy Taques Araujo 250, Londrina, State of Parana, 86047-500, Brazil
Good for: Business
On Wednesday evenings, there is a street market near the west side of downtown, close to the "Zerão" athletic track and very close to the very large ampitheatre that is located near this facility.This market is like any street market: what you will find depends on who shows up to sell their stuff.It is a very popular local market, and not one that...more
The mist and haze are present everywhere in the falls. So, be prepared to wear your raincoat all the time, or to get wet. Of course, you have the solution of buying locally a light poncho, not expensive, and that may become part of the fun.more
The strongest sensation from the brazilian side is caught by crossing the tiny wooden bridge over the river. Be warned: nor even your poncho will free you from getting really wet, and the sensation of the water flowing rapidly under your feet may get you sick. Of course, you have the chance to go back at any time.more
For short hikes on the island, a small backpack to carry water, sun protection, camera..., is most suitable. If you intend to spend most of the time around the beach, a pair of Havaianas, the famous Brazilian flip-flops, is a must. And for longer hikes, a pair of comfortable sandals might be well suited as well.You may be out on the sun a lot, so...more
State of Parana, 83203-970, Brazil
Good for: Couples
Ilha do Mel also has nightlife however it is limited to weekends and public holidays. Programs can vary from vivid native forro, traditional Brazilian music from northeast of the country, to rock or reggae. In the night of my visit of Ilha do Mel there were two places to listen and dance forro, Forro do Wando in the village of Nova Brasilia and...more
UPDATE: I'm glad I got a chance to visit the cathedral in 2005! The stairway to the top of the observation deck is now closed as they want to do extensive repair and maintenance to the concrete structure. This was badly needed then, and has only gotten worse now. See my Photos the Cathedral travelogue for photos of the bulletin board featuring...more
Av Herval 26, Maringa, Maringa, State of Parana, 87013-110, Brazil
Good for: Business
Right in the middle of downtown Maringá you will find an approximately 30 floor tall giant concrete cone, which is the main cathedral for the city of Maringá. The church has a number of impressive art works in it, including the Stations of the Cross (of which there are 15) that are painted onto some of the pillars inside. Artwork also goes fairly...more
Rua Romulo Pereira n0 61, Morretes, State of Parana, 144, Brazil
Good for: Families
Beautiful setting along the Rio Nhundiaquara...you are welcomed by the hosts to try the Pinga do Banana (various banana whiskeys!) And don't forget to save room for the bananas flambe dessert! BARREADO - the official dish of Parana state. It's a beef stewed in a broth in a sealed clay pot for 24 hours...to eat, you put two huge spoonfuls of manioc...more
in 1990, soon after this area of forest was set aside as a preserve, part of the original pioneers trail through the forest was preserved. Parts of this trail are still paved with the old style cobblestones that were once common for sidewalks and streets in the region.Much of the forest surrounding the trail are trees that were planted in 1990, in...more
After walking on Trilha do Projeto Madeira approximately 10 minutes after exiting the visitor's center, one comes to the picnic shelter. This shelter is where some outdoor education classes do some of their work and gathering. Restrooms are on the far side of the shelter from where the trail enters the shelter area.The shelter also has a small...more
While it isn't very large, the visitor's center is a fairly important place to visit first upon entering the state park. Here, you can find out about the latest wildlife sightings. Here they also have some samples (not living!) of some of the wildlife and tree species found here.A close up look at the wood from the various trees will help you see...more
The most interesting place around Ponta Grossa (and in...) is Vila Velha State Park.If you aren't driving and have to travel by bus is better to come from Curitiba.I was in Ponta Grossa and had to pay the whole fare up to Curitiba.People working in the Park told me the authorities in P.Grossa do not advertise their Nature jewel.more
R. Jacob Holzmann 219, Olarias, PONTA GROSSA, 8403
This state park is very interesting and worth a visit because of its arenite formations.The entire region was, archeologically spoken, seabottom once. The arenite formations have different and interesting shapes. The fun is to walk along the marked track trying to identify the different figures.more
There is an assortment of interesting items along the waterfront. This includes scenic baot trips to the Island of Honey (Isla do Mel), which is a popular tourist location.
Unfortunately, there are also a lot of pan handlers looking for spare change from tourists as well. However, they are nowhere near as obnoxious as Rio de Janeiro.
Many of the road side restaurants you will find beside highway BR 369 heading southwest from Maringa are quite huge establishments that are aimed at serving a large amount of food very fast, and are primarily for the rest stops of the large intercity and tourist buses headed for Foz do Iguacu.
Many others are smaller restaurants that are bypassed by this tourist traffic, but are aimed more for small groups and individuals on the highway.
The Posto Piquirivai is one of these smaller establishments. The restaurant is hidden behind a gasoline station and next to the local mechanic's shop. Items available here include some of the standard convenience store items, such as soft drinks of all sorts, and typical Brazilian snack foods such as a small selection of Pastels and Fried Pocket Breads.
For a fixed price, you can also have an entire self-service plate from the hot food selections in the dining room. Upon my visit this included a pasta dish, potato, and various other goods that make great road food.
In my second brief visit to Antonina, I noticed that some homes had little decorative plaques near their addresses. I asked our guide what these plaques were for, and he described to me what sounded like a beautiful custom (and which I hope to return to Antonina to witness some day.)He said that on the last Saturday evening of each month, a band of...more
It's not difficut to reach Antonina, from Curitiba, by bus, It will take you about one hour, but there's a special route which is particularly worth going by: the so-called "rota da Graciosa". The Serra da Graciosa (Graciosa Range) is a wonderful piece of residual Atlantic Rainforest, which is crossed throughan ancient winding road, which is said...more