Curitiba, Brazil: Travel/Tourist Guide

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Curitiba is the largest and capital city of the state of Paraná in the south region of Brazil. The city is one of the best cities to live in Latin America having the fourth largest economy in Brazil. Its name translates to "Pine Nut Land."

Getting There

The city is served by Afonso Pena International Airport in the neighboring city of São José dos Pinhais that is 10.6 miles away. There are international flights from Buenos Aires, Miami and Montevideo, and domestic flights from the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The bus station serves buses from all over South America and Brazil. It costs R$50-70 from Florianópolis and R$60-80 from São Paulo. Visitors should take note that Curitiba no longer has a passenger train service.

Climate and Geography

It has an oceanic climate. Curitiba is located on a plateau, which contributes to its humid, subtropical highland climate. The vegetation is characteristic of moist Atlantic forests and covers a large portion of the city. Mountain ranges like the Serra do Mar also surround the city.

Attractions

There are several memorials in Curitiba such as the Jerusalem Fountain on Avenida Sete de Setembro, Memory Fountain in Garibaldi Square, Arab Memorial on Rua Claudino dos Santos, and Mocinhas da Cidade Fountain at the intersection of Cruz Machado and Alameda Cabral. 

The city is also famed for its parks like German Wood on the corner of Rua Franz Schubert and Niccolo Paganini, Barreirinha Park on Avenida Anita Garibaldi, and Iguaçu Park on Avenida Mal. Floriano.