Curitiba is the capital city of the state of Paraná and the largest city of the Brazilian Southern region (over 1,7 million inhabitants) being a cultural, political and economic center.

One theory about the name "Curitiba" comes from the Tupi words kurí tyba, "much pine," due to the large number of Brazilian Pines (Araucaria angustifolia), in the region prior to its foundation. The Portuguese who founded a village in 1693 gave it the name of "Vila da Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais" (Our Lady of the Light in the Pine Forest). The name was changed to "Curitiba" in 1721. Curitiba officially became a town in 1842. The city has grown under a strict urban plan developed in 1940’s.

Today, Curitiba is considered one of the best examples of urban planning world-wide and, certainly, one of the best cities in Brazil in terms of quality of life. In June 1996, the chairman of the Habitat II summit of mayors and urban planners in Istanbul praised Curitiba as "the most innovative city in the world."

Despite being a big and modern city, Curitiba offers and great number of tourist attractions to be visited. There are several parks, museums and other attractions around the city. Due to its European colonization, Curitiba is also considered one of the gastronomy centers in South America. The area of Santa Felicidade (Holly Joy) is a famous center of Italian Cousine.

 Curitiba is also the departure point of the Serra Verde Express, a fantastic historical railroad that snakes the Serra do Mar, a scenic mountain range covered by Atlantic Rainforest located between the plateau where Curitiba is located and the ocean.

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See details and pictures of each attraction of this destination.

Opera de Arame / Pedreiras Park
Rua 24 Horas (Twenty-four hours St.)
Oscar Niemeyer Museum
Santa Felicidade
Barigüi & Tingüi Parks
Serra verde Express


  • Don’t forget to bring a jacket evend during the summer. Due to the high altiude, the temperature falls during the night.
  • Curitiba has great options for your nightlife. The city offers many bars, discos and restaurants.
  • Rua 24 Horas (Twenty-four hours St.) is a covered shopping arcade which is, as you might guess, open twenty-four hours a day.
  • The city has a excellent and safe public transportation system. Public transportation consists entirely of buses. Don’t hesitate to use them. Moving around in a car can be difficult in and around the city centre because of the many one-way streets and constant traffic jams.
  • Ask for a left hand window at the train for the Serra Verde Express. After crossing the summit of the Serra do Mar, this side offers a much better view from to the sea and the mountains.

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Located high plateau (around 900 m) in Southern Brazil, Curitiba is a somewhat humid city in Subtropical zone.

The flat terrain surrounded by mountains contribute to its mild and damp winter, with average temperatures of 13°C (57°F) in the coldest month, falling slightly below 0°C (32°F), on the coldest days. During summer, the average temperature is around 21°C (70°F), but gets above 32ºC (90ºF) on hot days.

Curitiba's inhabitants claim that its weather is unpredictable. Heat waves during winter and cold waves during summer are not uncommon, and even within a single day there can be great variation, a typical feature of subtropical climate. A local saying says that "Curitiba is a city in which the four seasons are clearly defined, and it has all four every day."

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The population of Curitiba is certaily totally different from what a foreign tourist expects from the Brazilian people.

Largelly descended from German, Ukranian, Russian, Italian and Polish immigrants, the Curitibano (how locals are socalled) looks the typical European blond, white caucasian people.

The European origines also helped to build a different personallity when comparing to the rest of the country. Nationally seen as a cold, closed, quite pleople, the Curitibano is certainly much more educated and polity than the rest of Brazil

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Southern Highlights   (Special Programs)
This package combines some of the most beautiful sites in Brazilian Southern region, such as the astonishing Iguaçu Falls, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and the historical Ouro Preto, considered a World Hiratage site by Unesco.

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