Curitiba has been named by Forbes as one of the smartest cities in the world. As the capital of the state of Paraná, Curitiba features plenty of sightseeing opportunities, infrastructure, and ample accommodation.
The Santa Felicidade neighborhood boasts numerous restaurants such as King Temaki and Velho Madalosso serving German, Arab, Italian, French, Brazilian, or Indian food.
Enjoy some memorable moments with your spouse or family in the German Woods or the Pope's Woods. Visit the Botanical Garden for a relaxing time.
Exhibitions, theaters, shows, museums, and different celebrations are guaranteed to make your stay in Curitiba memorable. Participate in Festival de Curitiba in March or Feira do Largo da Ordem in August.
Visit the Panoramic Tower and Tingüi Park for stunning views of this South American city.
You can take a train tour to Morretes, a guided bike tour, visit the charming historical Lapa, sip some wine at the wineries, or stop over at Guartelá Canyon.
The Botanical Garden of Curitiba is a massive garden that houses both educational and recreational landmarks, the most important of which is the Federal University of Parana. The garden is laid out in French garden style and contains fountains, waterfalls, lakes, and a massive greenhouse built in the art nouveau style. The museum boasts perhaps the world's best collection of the region's indigenous flora, as well as plants from the Atlantic Forests of eastern Brazil. The Botanical Museum is a must-see during your visit to the garden, as it houses the fourth-largest herbarium in all of Brazil. The grounds also features a lake, auditorium, library, and theater. You can easily spend hours exploring all that the garden has to offer.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful opera house in the world, the Ópera de Arame, or the Wire Opera House, sits in the middle of a verdant city park, the crown jewel of a lush environment. Walk across the bridge to a building that seems as if it is made of lace and glass and enjoy a concert or theater performance next to a lake surrounded by greenery. Plan ahead so you can enjoy a show inside the opera house, as it is closed if nothing is on.
With a structure almost as spectacular as the Ópera de Arame, the Museum of Oscar Niemeyer is a modern structure of international significance. Its collection of uniquely designed buildings and postmodern artworks make it a must-see for any art aficionado. Those less interested in the developments of contemporary art will still be piqued by the imaginative and elegant works of Niemeyer, one of the most respected architects of the 20th century.
The Torre Panorâmica offers what is surely the best view in all of Curitaba, standing well over 300 feet above the ground. While the tower was originally built for telecommunication purposes, it contains an observation deck at the top, the only telephone tower in Brazil to do so. The deck offers a 360-degree view of the city and is one of Curitaba's most visited sites.
The Bosque Alemão, or German Wood, was built to honor the German immigrants who began to make Curitiba their home in the 19th century. The park offers a whimsical trail for visitors of all ages: the path of Hansel and Gretel. In the park center lies the mythical gingerbread candy house that is the centerpiece of the Brothers Grimm tale. On Saturday afternoon, an old lady in the house tells children German folk tales. The park spans over 38,000 square meters, and it offers a variety of colorful flowers in addition to the forests that give it is name. Access is free to all visitors.
High season in Curitiba falls between November to March. During this period, you can expect cool weather and plenty of nearby travel spots. The only downside is that there will traffic jams, crowds, and less accommodation.
Visitors arrive in Curitiba through Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB), which is 10.6 miles from Curitiba's city center. You can get into town using a regular bus, which runs every 20 minutes on weekdays. The Airport Shuttle leaves every 30 minutes and is quicker than city buses.
A scenic train route runs from Paranaguá to Curitiba.
Use BR-115 South if coming from Sao Paulo. Take BR-116 from Porto Alegre and BR-1-1 from Florianópolis.
Curitiba is served by three terminals that connect the city with many places in Brazil, as well as locations in Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina.
If you're on a budget, you can opt for Formule 1 or the YHI Hostel Roma, both offering spotless professionalism and good quality. If you have some dough to spend, Pestana Curitiba Hotel and Hotel Deville Curitiba are excellent options.
Alto da XV - Alto da XV is easily accessible from Curitiba downtown. Head to popular eateries like Allegrini and Senhor Garibaldi for sumptuous meals.
Cabral - Cabral is very close to Curitiba's civic center and can be easily accessed by taking a bus. From there, you can explore the whole city.
Juveve - Juveve is very close to Curitiba's downtown, and features many restaurants and bars. Head to one of the many pastry shops or enjoy lunch at Mangiare Felice.
Different buses all serve a particular function. You can find a bus that serves more than 20 attractions; tickets start at R$35. Direct lines, express buses, and the tourism line are some of the buses that run within the city.
Taxi services are readily available throughout town. The initial fare should cost you R$44.60, with a per mile charge of R$2.30 from 6 am to 8 pm (more at night).
While you can choose to drive around, Curitiba can be quite hectic and it's advisable to use public transport or call for a taxi. You can rent a car for R$10 a day for an economy car.
With thousands of shops from well-known brands, malls, and local shopping centers, you're guaranteed to have fun. Check out Largo da Ordem Market, Park Shopping Barigüi, and Shopping Mueller all in or near Curitiba.
Curitiba has a Mercado Municipal where you can find food and horticultural products at a fair price. The local farmers market also features a variety of freshly produced vegetables and eggs at R$8 per dozen.
Expect to taste a variety of yummy dishes like feijoada, a black bean and pork stew and barreado, a meat stew cooked in a pot for 24 hours. To sample the various dishes, visit Ponto Quilo Grill restaurant for a buffet selection. Head to the Bouquet Garni to enjoy the all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet. Churrascaria Arco Iris is a must-visit if you're a meat lover. You can get a dish for R$7 that consists of meat and an accompaniment or R$60 for traditional Indian or Japanese cuisine.