12 Best Things to Do in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

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Known as one of the greenest cities in the world and a "laboratory of urban planning," Curitiba, the capital of the southern state of Paraná, Brazil , features a combination of cultural attractions, architectural marvels, and innovative design that make it a great destination. Travelers can experience the culture of Brazil by seeing a show at the unique Wire Opera House, sampling international foods and drinks in the Italian Woods (Bosque Italiano) neighborhood, taking a walking tour of the historic district, catching views of the city from a lookout tower, and enjoying other great activities in Curitiba.

Marvel at the Wire Opera House at Quarry Park

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Designed by architect Domingos Bongestabs, the striking Wire Opera House (Ópera de Arame) is a round structure constructed with steel and covered with transparent polycarbonate. Located in the middle of an artificial lake in Parque das Pedreiras , the opera house is surrounded by lush vegetation and waterfalls in a former quarry area only accessible by a small footbridge.

The Wire Opera House hosts a variety of operatic and other musical performances throughout the year as well as several cultural events and festivities. Performances take place on the open-air, 5,175-square-foot (481-square-meter) stage known as Espaço Cultural Paulo Leminski, named for a Curitiba poet.

Tour the Historic District

Curitiba's historic district in the São Francisco neighborhood features a number of 19th-century constructions such as the Red House (1891) as well as older structures like the Church of the Third Order of São Francisco das Chagas and the Casa Romário Martins, which date back to the 18th century.

Casa Romário Martins is considered the oldest building in Curitiba, and it has served as a residence, butcher shop, and a dry and wet warehouse throughout history but is a cultural space today. The nearby Memorial de Curitiba , a cultural center that houses art exhibits, plays, and musical presentations, contrasts sharply with the historic buildings around it, including the Red House to which it is connected.

Every Sunday, the Curitiba Historical Sector hosts an Art and Craft Fair featuring local creations and food. However, taking a walk down the main roadway in the district (Dr. Claudino dos Santos Street) is a perfect way to see some history and architecture any day of the week. 

Relax in the Botanical Garden

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The Botanical Garden of Curitiba is most recognizable for its iron and glass greenhouse inspired by London's Crystal Palace. However, the garden is also home to a treasure trove of native plants and a variety of other attractions including the Gerdt Hatschbach Botanical Museum, the Garden of Sensations, and a cultural center with works donated by artist Frans Krajcberg.

The garden's official name is Jardim Botânico Francisca Maria Garfunkel Rischbieter, honoring a pioneer urbanist who greatly contributed to the urban planning of Curitiba. Access to the garden is free and it's open daily with varying hours in the summer and winter.

Eat and Drink in the Santa Felicidade and Batel Districts

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Curitiba's restaurant district has a strong Italian heritage. Santa Felicidade is located northeast of the city and is centered around the Italian Woods (Bosque Italiano) Park, where the community hosts celebrations such as the Grape Festival, the Latin American Festival, and the Chicken, Polenta, and Wine Festival.

While you're in Santa Felicidade, eat well and enjoy a glimpse of early Italian immigration in a district dotted with vintage homes such as the Culpi House, the Geranium House, and the House of Paintings, which has original frescoes on the walls. Santa Felicidade is also a great place to see Paraná's symbol pine tree, Araucaria angustifolia , which resembles an ancient group of related conifers that lived in forests over 145 million years ago.

A little further southeast, the Batel district is also known for its authentic Brazilian restaurants and bars, including the award-winning Batel Grill , a top choice for churrasco (grilled meat).

Explore the Oscar Niemeyer Museum

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The Oscar Niemeyer Museum (Museu Oscar Niemeyer) is set against the verdant Pope John Paul II Woods in the northern part of the Civic Center (Centro Cívico) district of Curitiba. Occupying two buildings designed by Niemeyer, the museum is a sprawling construction in straight lines dating back to 1967 and also has the Annex, constructed in 2002 (known as the Eye).

The Eye is a stunning construction placed atop a 60-foot (18-meter) yellow pillar that houses a collection of visual artworks from artists local to Paraná and various other parts of Brazil . Some of the Eye's rooms are dedicated exclusively to photography, but you will also see paintings, sculpture, architecture, and design. The adjacent older building serves as an educational institute and home to several pieces of Niemeyer's art and design sketches.

Take in the View at the Panoramic Tower

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The 360-foot (109-meter) tall lookout tower known as the Panoramic Tower ( Torre Panorâmica ) rises high above the Mercês District and features a pristine observation deck with uninterrupted views of Curitiba. Although its primary function is a telecommunications tower, it is also the highest point in the city and houses the Telephone Museum on the ground floor. Buy tickets onsite and climb to the top of the winding staircase to glance at the city from above, then stop by the museum to see the history of cellular service in Curitiba on your way out.

Learn the History of Immigration at the Ukrainian Memorial

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At the end of the 19th century, more than 20,000 Ukrainians immigrated to Paraná and integrated with the people there to become a vital part of the cultural identity of Curitiba. To learn more about the history and impact the Ukrainian immigrants had on the city, stop by the Ukrainian Memorial in Parque Tingui where you can see a Byzantine-style wooden house and a replica of the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Mallet, a town about 143 miles (230 kilometers) from Curitiba. The memorial also features a permanent exhibition of Ukrainian icons, embroidery, and pêssankas (hand-painted eggs), as well as a gift shop.

Say a Prayer at the Curitiba Cathedral

Dedicated to Holy Mary, the Basilica, whose official name is the Catedral Basílica Menor de Nossa Senhora da Luz, is located at the Praça Tiradentes, the historic plaza that features a marker for the geodesic center of Curitiba. The cathedral was built between 1876 and 1893 on the site of an earlier church and still hosts mass throughout the week. Take a monthly guided tour of the cathedral, attend a Holy Mass any day of the week (hours vary), or stop by the Parish Shop on Monday through Saturday to pick up a souvenir from this elaborately decorated Roman Catholic cathedral.

Browse the Stores at Shopping Estação

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Curitiba has numerous shopping malls, but if you only have time to visit one, choose Shopping Estação in the north-central Rebouças District. "Station," the name of the mall, comes from the restored train station that houses it. Besides about 170 stores, one of the city's biggest food courts, and a train museum, the mall has a puppet theater. Stores and restaurants are open daily, but museums and recreational activities are closed on Mondays and holidays throughout the year.

Discover the Palácio Avenida During the Holidays

One of Curitiba's greatest attractions is the Avenue Palace in the Central District. Covering nearly 200,000 square feet (18,000 square meters), this historic structure created in 1929 once hosted a variety of shops, restaurants, offices, and the city's first exhibition hall, but it fell out of use in the 1960s when it was purchased by the Bamerindus Bank. The ground floor now serves as the headquarters for the Bradesco Bank, and its terrace houses the Avenida Theater (Teatro Avenida).

However, the best time to see the landmark is during the Christmas season when the bank-sponsored choir for underprivileged kids performs and the building has twinkling lights and holiday decorations. Listening to the children, live or on TV, as they sing Christmas carols standing at the building's many windows has become a holiday tradition in Brazil.

Get Lost in Nature at City Parks and Woodlands

Curitiba is a green city with various parks and bosques (woods), the best of which celebrate the city's multicultural heritage.

At the German Woods (Bosque Alemão) in the northern Pilarzhino district, don't miss the Philosophers' Tower for a great view of Curitiba or the Hansel and Gretel's House, which features live storytelling inside the adjacent library. Meanwhile, the Parque Tingui, named for the area's original indigenous people, has a Ukrainian church memorial. Additionally, visitors can see Polish wooden houses at Bosque João Paulo II, visited by Pope John Paul II in 1980, and relax with local families at Parque Barigui.

Take the Curitiba-Paranaguá Train Ride

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Whether you're ready to leave Curitiba behind and continue exploring Brazil or you'd like to take a quick day trip from the city to enjoy more of the countryside, the scenic Curitiba-Paranaguá train ride is an attraction in itself. Heading across the mountains of the Serra do Mar, the ride covers 62 miles (100 kilometers) and takes just over an hour to complete, but you can also continue onto the small 18th-century town of Morretes on any day except Sunday. Paranaguá is also one of the departing points to Ilha do Mel (Honey Island), one of Brazil's most beautiful islands, and a great port city if you're looking for authentic local seafood dishes.

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17 Fun Things to Do in Curitiba, Brazil

Although this Brazilian city is consistently praised worldwide for its abundant greenery, architecture, and cultural heritage, Curitiba isn’t among the most visited places in the country. It’s a shame because there are endless fun things to do in Curitiba, Brazil!

Curitiba is an important cultural, political, and economic center in Latin America. This innovative city has seen a higher economic growth rate in the last years than the national average, and it isn’t planning to stop there.

From futuristic glass tube halls for bus stops to a massive green area per capita, Curitiba, Brazil, is a unique place to visit in the country , and you’ll probably want to extend your stay.

Inside the Botanical Garden in Curitiba, Brazil

Visiting Curitiba, Brazil

To help you plan for your next trip, I’ve compiled a list of 17 different places to visit in Curitiba, all beloved by both tourists and locals alike. I’ll share my favorite museums, parks, districts, and attractions with you and explain why they are a must-visit.

Instead of doing all the research and figuring out what to do in Curitiba by yourself, I provide you with detailed descriptions of the best attractions. So feel special, okay?

You’ll get all the necessary information in one easy place to reference and use it to help plan your itinerary. So don’t forget to bookmark this page!

If you are considering traveling to Curitiba, Brazil, or are curious about what the city has to offer, then continue reading to learn about my top 17 favorite things to do there!

Where to stay in Curitiba, Brazil

Here are two good options to stay in the heart of Curitiba. Since you’ll most likely be walking your way around the city, you will want to stay in a well-located hotel. For more options, I wrote a complete guide about hotels in Curitiba .

  • Rockefeller by Slaviero Located in the center, this hotel is close to many tourist attractions and has a shopping mall just across the street.
  • Radisson Hotel Curitiba Exceptional stay Great location (Batel District) near attractions, features an indoor pool and spacious rooms.

Botanical Garden in Curitiba, Brazil

How to get to Curitiba City Center from Curitiba Airport

If you’re getting to Curitiba by plane, chances are you’re arriving at Afonso Pena International Airport.

This airport is only 11 miles away from the city center, and because of the short distance, there are multiple ways to get to Downtown.

The most complicated one, if you don’t speak Portuguese, is by public transport. But because it is the cheapest option, I’ll mention it here as well.

You’re welcome, backpackers on a shoestring!

By bus: R$ 9 – pay the bus driver in local cash

Leave the airport toward Rocha Pombo Avenue. You’ll take the E32 Aeroporto/Boqueirão bus there to the end stop–it takes about 20 minutes.

This bus runs roughly every 30 minutes.

From Boqueirão Bus Terminal, take the 505 Centro Cívico bus that will take you to the city center. This trip takes about 25 minutes.

Check on Google Maps where you need to get off the bus.

(There used to be a shuttle bus for R$ 15, but their service was temporarily canceled at the moment of writing.)

Modern bus stop in Curitiba, Brazil

By Uber: R$ 40-50

After a lot of discussions, Uber was regulated in Curitiba, and the app is legal now. In general, a one-way trip to the city center costs about 30-40 reais (local currency).

For me, this is the best option since it is inexpensive and much more manageable than chasing buses.

By taxi: R$ 70-90

Pretty much the same as Uber, but you don’t have to wait. Simply walk out of the airport and take a cab to your destination.

It can cost double, though.

Tours from Curitiba to other cities

If you want to go on a day trip from Curitiba, there are a bunch of different options to visit in Paraná State.

  • Vila Velha State Park Full-Day Group Tour
  • Morretes: Full-Day Colonial Town Tour

Train wagons at the Serra Verde Express between Curitiba and Morretes

Best time to visit Curitiba, Brazil

In Curitiba, the summers are warm and mostly cloudy; the winters are short, cool, and partly cloudy; and it is wet year-round.

Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 79°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 86°F.

  • Best time to visit Curitiba: April through September
  • Driest months: July and August
  • Coldest months: June and July
  • Wettest months: October through March
  • Warmest months: January and February

The 17 best things to do in Curitiba

Check out below the best things to do in the green city in no particular order. Enjoy!

Walk the trails at the Botanical Garden

Visiting the Botanical Garden is one of the best things to do in Curitiba, Brazil

Ready to visit one of the prettiest landmarks in Brazil? Well, the Botanical Garden Curitiba is a significant tourist attraction in the country, designed in the French garden style with water fountains, waterfalls, lakes, and walking paths.

It’s such a beautiful place that welcomes you with the sight of a carpet of flowers. And it turns out, it is one of the best things to do in Brazil .

It even has a gorgeous art nouveau-style greenhouse that sits on nearly 5,000 square feet. It’s a beautiful park, complete with various museums, a theater, library, auditorium, and cycle track.

With 60 acres of land, you can easily spend a few hours strolling around the grounds and enjoying yourself.

Watch a play at the Wire Opera House

Wire Opera House in Curitiba, Brazil

The Wire Opera House is considered a cultural mark of the city, displaying an extraordinary modern architecture display with its stunning circular steel structure and transparent ceiling.

The 3-level wired building is a beautiful contrast to its environment: it’s surrounded by a forest and sits on an artificial lake which you can access via a walkway.

It is a fantastic place to watch a theater play or music performance if you have the chance.

Appreciate the visual architecture at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Museum of Modern Art in Curitiba, Brazil

If you enjoy the visual arts and design, this museum in the Centro Cívico should be at the top of your list of things to do in Curitiba, Brazil!

This contemporary art museum is named after the famous architect who designed the first of the two buildings. He was known for his bold ideas and geometric shapes.

The most memorable part of this museum is Niemeyer’s Eye, a 100-foot tall glass and steel structure in the form of an eye. It’s very futuristic and makes for stunning pictures, especially with the pop of bright yellow.

Stroll through the gardens at Tanguá Park

View of waterfall in Tangua Park, Curitiba, Brazil

Tanguá Park was created to protect nature and prevent the area from being turned into an industrial waste recycling plant. It sits on over 100 acres and contains two quarries and a majestic waterfall.

When you walk down the cliffs to the lookout point on the water, you can’t even tell that you’re in a city. It’s a beautiful spot to grab a meal and enjoy the scenery.

On sunny days many visitors enjoy riding bikes and walking through the French-style garden.

Buy fruits and spices from the Municipal Market

Curitiba Municipal Market, Parana

Even if you don’t plan on doing any grocery shopping, visiting the Municipal Market is one of the most classic things to do in Curitiba. It’s a great place to check out the local fruits and vegetables, coffee, and spices.

The sellers are incredibly friendly, and you can taste a lot of samples before purchasing. There is even a food court within the market for when you start to get too hungry looking at all the delicious fresh produce!

Check out the beauty of Curitiba Cathedral

Cathedral in Curitiba, Brazil

When traveling to Curitiba, Brazil, you have to stop by this small gothic cathedral in the old town.

You can wander through the church at any time during the day to appreciate the beautiful architecture, stained glass windows, and sculptures.

Take a seat in the pews and spend a few moments in silence–even if you’re not religious, there’s something so magical and serene about a quiet cathedral.

If you happen to be walking by while you’re in Downtown Curitiba, it’s worth a visit.

Take a tour of Curitiba’s cultural history with its street art

Curitiba Street Art

One of Curitiba’s Historical Center’s best aspects is the juxtaposition between the old buildings and the bright murals painted on them. It brings a lot of life to the city and blends modern and historic features very nicely.

Urban art is a fantastic way to revitalize and beautify a city, and it can be fun to walk around trying to find as many different designs as you can.

Wander through the Historic District

Liberty Hall in Curitiba, Brazil

The Historic District is centrally located and offers so many things to do in Curitiba, Brazil. Check out the shopping centers, churches, street markets, and traditional restaurants!

You can find everything in Curitiba’s Historical Center, whether you want to visit the Arabic Museum or drink a coffee in the original city hall at Paço da Liberdade.

The city is a feat of urban planning, melding modernity into its historic and charming buildings, and you can spend days just happily wandering around this area!

Find delicious meals in the Batel and Santa Felicidade districts

Santa Felicidade Neighborhood in Curitiba, Brazil

The best place to stay when visiting Curitiba is in the Batel District (remember the hotel I mentioned above?). It is the wealthiest neighborhood in the city and has an excellent reputation for its nightlife and restaurants.

Beyond that, Santa Felicidade is also known as Little Italy and is the gastronomic center of Curitiba, with various wineries, chocolate shops, and Italian restaurants. 

Learn some history from the Ukrainian Memorial

Ukrainian Memorial in Curitiba, Brazil

Located in Tingui Park, the Ukrainian Memorial was built to honor the immigrants who came in the late 19th century and significantly impacted the city.

The park is beautiful, featuring a model of a Byzantine-style church, brightly-colored egg sculptures, and a monument to commemorate the Holodomor in Ukraine.

You can meander through the gardens and learn about history at the same time.

Remember the past at the Holocaust Museum

Fence with barbed wire

In 2011, Curitiba opened its Holocaust Museum to keep the memory of the victims and survivors alive.

The museum received contributions from various research institutions worldwide, such as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

You might be surprised to see this on a list of things to do in Curitiba, but it’s a powerful and emotional exhibit that’s worth visiting.

Enjoy the scenery at Curitiba’s parks and woodlands

Park Barigui in Curitiba, Parana

When traveling to Curitiba, you’ll often forget that you’re even in a city because beautiful forests and parks surround it.

With 560 square feet of green space per capita, Curitiba, Brazil, is genuinely the “greenest city” in the world.

Parque Barigui (Barigui Park) offers a large lake with grass fields, exercise equipment, and jogging and bike paths–it even has packs of wild capybaras, one of the animals you find in Brazil !

Passeio Público is the oldest municipal park in the city, featuring a lake, playground, and various birds. 

Buy souvenirs at the Largo da Ordem Street Fair

Largo da Ordem Fair in Curitiba, Brazil

On Sunday mornings, you can explore one of the most popular places to visit in Curitiba.

This street fair spreads across six blocks around the Praça Garibaldi (Garibaldi Square) and features various handicrafts, music, and foods—great stands selling souvenirs .

You can enjoy street food from many different cuisines, listen to some live music, and appreciate each seller’s artisanal goods. It has such a great atmosphere that even the locals love to come out and visit the market fair!

Pssst: The neoclassical Garibaldi Palace is on this square. While the palace is closed for events, it is well worth taking pictures of it!

Visit the shops at Rua XV de Novembro Street

XV de Novembro Street in Curitiba, Brazil

One of the loveliest things to do in Curitiba, Brazil, is walking down the Rua XV de Novembro Street.

Known as Flower Street, it is a very charming street mall lined with beautiful trees and flowers with shops and restaurants on either side.

You’ll enjoy it whether you only want to try some street food or walk through to window shop. The stone paths, streetlamps, streetcars, and surrounding historic buildings add to the street’s quaintness.

Explore the exhibits of the Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art in Curitiba, Brazil

Located in the center of the city, this museum houses around 1,500 pieces of sculptures, drawings, paintings, and prints. It offers free admission and is open every day except for Mondays.

It’s a great place to view the collections of Brazil’s premier artists and those up-and-coming. The building itself is also a great tourist visit, with its bright reddish-purple facade.  

Study local history at the Paranaense Museum

Paranaense Museum in Curitiba, Brazil

This museum is dedicated to the history of the Paraná State but still features pieces from other parts of the world.

It’s massive, housed in a historic home, and even offers free admission. The employees there are experts and eager to explain the different collections, so consider taking a small tour with them.

It’s a great place to visit on a rainy day and spend a few hours wandering through! 

Take in the view from the Panoramic Tower (Torre da Telepar)

Panoramic Tower in Curitiba, Brazil

Visiting the Panoramic Tower is a favorite thing to do in Curitiba by both locals and tourists. It is open every day except Mondays from 10 AM to 7 PM and costs only a small fee.

If you didn’t see the city from the tower’s 360° view, did you even visit Curitiba?

There’s an elevator that takes you to the top, where you can appreciate all the greenery and stunning architecture the city has to offer. Try going at sunset to get an even better picture!

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You’re visiting Curitiba! That’s so exciting!

To help you plan your trip to Brazil , I wrote a bunch of helpful guides.

For instance, this article with must-bring items + packing list comes in very handy for anyone traveling to Brazil .

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Some of these tours are in the jungle, others to a beach , a city, and others to a waterfall . Either way, you’re bound to have the time of your life with the diversity in landscapes we have–which is honestly one of the best reasons to visit Brazil .

If you’re looking for more inspiration, browse other destinations I wrote about or check out our top tourist attractions —both pages can give you some incredible vacation destination ideas!

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Curitiba brazil: a quick look.

Curitiba is one of the main cities in Brazil and one of the best places to visit. Located in the country’s southern region, Curitiba is the capital of Paraná state and attracts visitors from many places. In this Curitiba travel guide, you will find everything you need to know, from pre-planning your trip to staying safe to visit the city and enjoy all it offers.

You will get a feel for everything you need to pack and the most popular areas to stay in. Curitiba is one of the most famous Brazilian destinations for national and foreign tourists due to the natural and culinary attractions found in the city. In addition, the favorable climate, historical monuments, and contact with nature are some of the reasons to visit the city known as the Ecological City of Brazil.

Side note: One of the main questions we get when planning a trip to our country is “when is the best time to visit Brazil ”, which you can read later. Now back to Curitiba!

As a native Brazilian , I guarantee that if you are looking for a place to relax and have fun while enjoying good food, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit Curitiba. In addition to having contact with nature, the options of activities found in the city are varied with parks, tours, museums, restaurants, fairs, markets, nightclubs, and more.

We Brazilians love good food, meetings with friends, and parties, and Curitiba is undoubtedly a place where you can find all of this. So if you want a place to enjoy with your friends or relax with family, Curitiba is the right destination. Below you will find the best areas to stay in per your goal for the trip, in addition to all the things to do.

Related article: For a more in-depth country guide, see our complete  Brazil travel guide .

Curitiba Brazil: Quick Travel Tips Before You Go

🛫 Airport: The airport in Curitiba, Brazil, is called Afonso Pena International Airport. The code used to identify this airport is CWB.

🤑 Currency: The currency of Brazil is known as the Brazilian Real, and the symbol R$ represents it.

🗣️ Language: In Brazil, people speak Portuguese as their primary language. However, English is often used in places where tourists visit, like hotels and tourist spots.

🕰️ Time Zone: Brasilia Standard Time (GMT-3). One hour ahead of EST and 4 hours ahead of PST. 

💵 Cost: Reasonable if you are arriving with stronger currencies like the US dollar, Euro, or Yen.

🛜 Internet: The city is fully covered with 5G internet. The internet speed isn’t super quick, but it’s not bad. It’s somewhere in the middle.

📄 Brazil Visa: As of now, If you are traveling from the United States, Canada, Australia, or Japan, then NO. This could change as of October 1, 2023. Track the status and details here . For EU Nationals, you do NOT need a visa, and you may not be affected by the Oct 1, 2023 change. You can see the details here .

🔌 Power Outlets: In Brazil, you’ll encounter two types of plugs: Types C and N. Plug Type C features a pair of round pins, while plug Type N includes two round pins and a larger grounding pin. It’s essential to bring a universal travel adapter to ensure compatibility with various outlets during your travels.

🔋 Power Grid: In Brazil, the power grid runs on a supply voltage of 127/220V and operates at 60 Hz. While a few newer hotels might have 220V, it’s not guaranteed everywhere. 

📳 Brazil SIM Card : If you are thinking, do I need a SIM card for Brazil? The answer is for sure, yes. They are inexpensive, and having one in any country you travel to is safer.  

🚘 Car Rentals: Getting a car rental in Brazil might seem a bit confusing, and some people might feel a little anxious about driving in a foreign place. Nevertheless, it might be the top way to move around, depending on your trip. 

Curitiba Brazil: Safety Travel Tips (Use Common Sense)

🍏 Food safety: Food is secure. However, it’s important to use your best judgment and avoid some street foods that might not appear appetizing.

💧 Water safety: Avoid tap water except for brushing your teeth. Filtered water and ice are perfectly fine alternatives. Most restaurants also use filters. Stick with filtered water or opt for bottled water to ensure your hydration needs are met. Consider using a Water-To-Go Filterable Bottle for convenient access to clean and safe drinking water on the go.

👷‍♀️ Daytime safety: The most usual issue in tourist spots is small theft. Here are some tips. Forget about fancy outfits, bags, and accessories, especially jewelry. Keep your eyes up and not just on your phone. Only use your phone when you actually need to.

🦺 Nighttime safety: Use common sense like in any big city you visit. Keep valuable items out of your pockets, avoid walking alone at night, don’t take out your phone in public, skip jewelry, watches, and costly bags, and avoid using the subway during nighttime.  

👺 Avoiding scams: Safeguard your precious items. Get your sightseeing and concert tickets online, not from vendors on the street. Reserve cabs or Uber rides straight from your apps or hotel. Be mindful of where you take out money; do it at banks and not inside stores or subway stations. Always keep an eye on your drink.

Curitiba Brazil Travel Tips: A Locals Perspective

🏨 Best neighborhoods for tourists:  Santa Felicidade (Known for its restaurants, bars, and stores), Centro Histórico (Historic city center with monuments, churches, and street fairs), Batel (Noble neighborhood of the city, with accommodation options, restaurants, bars and commerce in general) Mercês (Historic residential neighborhood), Some other neighborhoods with fewer leisure options but worth a visit are Jardim Botânico and the Água Verde neighborhood

🎄 Top Brazilian holidays and traditions: Carnival, Festa Junina (June Festival), Independence Day (Sete de Setembro), Dia de Finados (Day of the Dead), Christmas, Tiradentes Day (Brazilian hero who fought for the independence of the country), Proclamation of the Republic

🍜 Local food to try: Carne de onça (Typical Curitiba food prepared with raw ground beef, garlic, onions, peppers and served with chives and mustard accompanied by black bread), cachorro quente, brigadeiro, coxinha, feijoada, pão de queijo, barreado, churrasco, joelho de porco (pork knee), pinhão, pierogi, pastel 

🍹 Local drinks to try (alcoholic): Cachaça, caipirinha, Catuaba, Chope (Brazilian beer style based on the German drink), Quentão (a drink widely consumed in Brazil, especially at June festivals, it is traditionally made with red wine and spices, also known as mulled wine. Some recipes are made with cachaça, with other types of wine, or even without alcohol)

🧉 Local drinks to try (non-alcoholic): Chimarrão (hot) and terere (cold), coconut water, guarana, acai juice, garapa or caldo de cana, Gengibirra (typical drink of the state of Paraná made from ginger, being marketed as a soda)

🚶‍♂️ Walkability: As Curitiba is a big city, it is easier to walk in the historic city center, where there is the XV de Novembro Street, the first exclusive pedestrian street in Brazil

🎉 Nightlife: The nightlife in Curitiba is excellent. The bars and clubs in Curitiba are considered one of Brazil’s best, with several exciting options to suit the city’s local population and tourists. They are mainly found in neighborhoods such as Batel and Largo da Ordem, which will be better covered in this Curitiba travel guide later on

😀 Friendly to foreigners: Yes, very welcoming.

🏥 Hospitals: As one of Brazil’s main capitals, Curitiba is home to some of the best hospitals in the country

🇺🇸 English speaking: In some places, mainly tourist spots, not everywhere.

Where is Curitiba Brazil Located?

Curitiba map .

Curitiba is located in Brazil’s southern region, the capital of the State of Paraná. It is the most populous city in the southern region and is well known for its well-organized urban structure with direct contact with nature.

For this reason, the city has become known as the most ecological city in Brazil, also earning nicknames such as Cidade Sorriso (Smile City), Cidade Modelo (Model City), and Capital of Araucárias (type of tree symbol of the city).

What State is Curitiba In? 

Curitiba is located in the southern region of Brazil, in the state of Paraná. Its state borders the states of São Paulo, Santa Catarina, and Mato Grosso do Sul, as well as Argentina and Paraguay. 

Paraná is a state known for being a major grain producer, having the fifth largest economy in Brazil, and being one of Brazil’s most complete tourist destinations with rivers, mountains, parks, waterfalls, and coastline. Paraná is also home to the famous city of Foz do Iguaçu, where we find the equally famous Iguaçu Falls. 

An interesting fact is that the state was once the largest coffee producer in the world.

The southern region of Brazil is the coldest in the country, with occasional snowfall in some cities during the winter. In other seasons of the year, temperatures in the region tend to be high, with a lot of humidity, as we’ll see later in this Curitiba travel guide.

What’s the Closest Airport to Curitiba Brazil?

The closest airport in Curitiba is Afonso Pena International Airport (Code: CWB). The airport is about 30 minutes from downtown Curitiba, so it is easy to get there. When flying in, you usually have a connection in either Sao Paulo or Rio De Janeiro.  

What is the Best Way to Get to Your Curitiba Hotel?

In this Curitiba travel guide, you’ll find some tips to get to your hotel quickly and safely. After arriving at Curitiba’s Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB), you have a few choices to reach your hotel.

The most straightforward and convenient approach to kick off your trip smoothly is to arrange a personal shuttle to your hotel. This way, you won’t need to worry about it when you land. 

Pro Tip: If you plan on using Uber, ensure you have a Brazil SIM card for your phone to work correctly. As a local Brazilian resident, I can guarantee that relying on free public WIFI for ride-share apps might not be ideal. 

You can opt for a taxi, but always verify that the meter is running to avoid scams. It’s a step you must take in every foreign country, and it’s not different here. 

Renting a car in Curitiba is also a good choice. Car rentals are available at the airport, making pickup easy. This is a good option if you plan on driving extensively around the city and nearby areas. For family trips, this works well too. However, if your plan involves spending the day drinking, private shuttles, and Ubers are a wiser choice.

How to Get Around Curitiba?

Ride Sharing (top choice): Ride-sharing services like Uber are popular in Curitiba. They are cheap and convenient. They’re perfect for navigating the city with the least amount of hassle. 

Rent a Car (top choice): Hiring a car offers ultimate freedom for your Curitiba adventure. This way, you can explore the city’s main attractions, such as parks, woods, museums, bars, restaurants, and art galleries. A rental car offers much more trip flexibility. Remember to bring your valid driver’s license and be prepared for right-side driving.

Take a Taxi:  In Curitiba, they are abundant and provide a hassle-free way to get around, though they may cost more. Always make sure the meter is on to prevent getting overcharged.

Get on a Bike: Curitiba has become a reference in urban mobility in Brazil, with several bike lanes to make it easier to get around the city on a bike. If you are interested, the website of the Municipal Institute of Tourism of the city offers a free guide with tours to be done passing through important points of the city. The website also has guidance in English ( Curta Curitiba Pedalando – Turismo Curitiba ).

Using a bike can be a great way to get to know the city’s beauties. However, unlike other cities in Brazil, Curitiba does not offer many bike rental options. Still, finding a place in the city center to rent a bike for a few hours to ride around the city and have fun is not difficult.

Tour by bus of the Tourism Line: Another option to get to know Curitiba is using one of the double-decker buses of the Linha Turismo (Tourism Line). This bus makes a tour of the city, passing by the main tourist attractions, among them parks, food districts, museums, historical architecture, theaters, viewpoints, and more.

You can purchase a bus boarding pass for unlimited boarding for 24 hours. With this, the visitor can disembark and enjoy the place of his choice, reboarding the next bus, available every 30 minutes. This card is purchased on the bus itself.

Public transportation (last choice): Curitiba has a good public transportation system, and it is less expensive, but unless you have to, this may not be the best choice for you.

When to Go to Curitiba?

In this Curitiba travel guide, we’ll help you decide when to go to Curitiba. Choosing the right time to visit Curitiba depends on your trip’s purpose. Keep in mind the seasons are different from those in the US and Europe, so be careful not to get confused when planning your visit.

As a Brazilian native of the southern region who visits the city frequently, I can say that predicting the weather is difficult for anyone visiting Curitiba. We say around here that it is possible to see all four seasons in one day in Curitiba. It is not difficult to see a beautiful sunny day with blue skies quickly turn into a stormy day. Not to mention the constant temperature change of hot and cold.

Curitiba Brazil Summer (December to March): If you want sun and festivals, this is your time to go. January and February are the hottest months in Curitiba. This is the best season for nightlife.

Summer Carnival: Carnival is one of the most popular festivals in the world. It falls in the Brazilian summer, usually in late February or early March. Curitiba can be an excellent option if you want to experience the craziness of it but not be in a big city like Rio. The town has parades of samba schools on the street and several other options for the most varied tastes, including rock festivals, geek festivals, and food spots.

Curitiba Brazil Fall (April and May): If you want a slower pace, autumn/fall offers nice weather and is less crowded. April is one of the best months to visit Curitiba.

Curitiba Brazil Winter (June to August): June and July are the coldest months of the year in Curitiba. Despite this, at this time of year, the capital becomes a great attraction for travelers who love the cold with several attractions. Among them are the numerous cafes and the most varied restaurants scattered throughout the city. For nature lovers, in Curitiba, the parks, gardens, and woods gain a unique charm due to the frost that covers the grass, a beautiful setting for photos.  In addition, the city offers winter festivals that unite music, food, and culture typical of the region.

Curitiba Brazil Spring (September to November):   I guarantee that if there is a Brazilian city worth visiting at this time of year, that city is Curitiba. With the blossoming of flowers, the various parks and woods in the town become a spectacle to admire. The main attractions during this year’s season are certainly the Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico) and Barigui Park (Parque Barigui).

Just to remind you and make your schedule easier. January and February are the warmest months, while the coldest months in Curitiba are June and July. Also, the driest months are between July and August, and the rainiest are between October and March.

Despite all this, you can’t go wrong with Curitiba regardless of when you choose to go. The city is a beautiful destination regardless of the time of year, as you’ll see in this Curitiba travel guide.

Where to Stay in Curitiba Brazil (By Neighborhood)

In this Curitiba travel guide, we’ll show you where to stay in town. There are a few different areas to stay in Curitiba, Brazil. The city has well-defined neighborhoods with accommodation options. 

Taking into account the location, the proximity to most tourist attractions, and the ease of finding bars and restaurants, the most suitable neighborhoods to stay in Curitiba are the Centro Histórico (families, couples, and solo travelers), Batel (solo travelers, families, and groups of friends), Centro Cívico (families, couples and solo travelers), Mercês (solo travelers, families, and groups of friends) and Santa Felicidade (solo travelers and families). The choice will depend on what kind of trip you are planning.

Identify the purpose of your trip based on who will be with you, and then use this Curitiba travel guide to find options that best suit your needs.

Centro Histórico  (Best for Families, Couples, and Solo Travelers) 

Centro Histórico (Historical Center) in Curitiba is ideal for families and solo travelers seeking a more relaxed experience. 

Staying downtown in Curitiba is more attractive for those who want a relaxing trip, knowing historical, architectural, and cultural sites and the various tourist attractions. This region is divided into an older part and a more modern and commercial part.

One of the highlights of this area is Largo da Ordem, known for its richness and cultural diversity, with museums, art galleries, restaurants, bars, and shops. On Sundays, Largo da Ordem hosts the famous Feirinha do Largo, a street fair where clothing, food, handicrafts, antiques, art, and more are sold.

However, the negative point is that the region does not inspire security at night, something common in other Brazilian capitals.

Batel (Best for Solo Travelers, Families, and Groups of Friends) 

Batel is a great area of Curitiba with exciting attractions both for those traveling alone and for those traveling with family or a group of friends, depending on what you are looking for.

Batel is an upper-class neighborhood of the city with the most expensive hotels. Still, it is a pleasant, safe area and close to the historical center, the location of various city sights. 

For those looking for a quiet trip, there are several stores and restaurants in this neighborhood, as well as beautiful squares and two large shopping malls.  

However, for those looking for parties, it is in the Batel neighborhood where you will find the best clubs and parties with a busy nightlife.

Centro Cívico (Best for Families, Couples, and Solo Travelers) 

Centro Cívico (Civic Center) is the neighborhood located north of the city downtown. It is an area where municipal and state government buildings are located, as well as important tourist spots such as the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Iguaçu Palace, and the Holocaust Museum. 

This area is more geared towards walks, whether alone, as a couple, or with the family, with several squares, parks, and cafes.

Mercês (Best for Solo Travelers, Families, and Groups of Friends) 

Mercês is a calm part of Curitiba, perfect if you want a peaceful and restful experience. In this neighborhood, you will find good options for restaurants and cafes, besides having one of the city’s main tourist attractions, the Panoramic Tower, where you can see the city from above. 

It is also a neighborhood close to downtown. Also, there are good hostels in this area for those traveling in groups of friends.

Santa Felicidade (Best for Solo Travelers and Families) 

Santa Felicidade is a neighborhood of Italian descent in Curitiba. It is a calm place further away from downtown, famous for its Italian culture, with beautiful buildings, tree-lined streets, and great restaurants. 

A great food center in Curitiba is a good place to buy wines, cheeses, chocolates, etc.

Best Things to Do in Curitiba Brazil

With this Curitiba travel guide, discover and enjoy the best things the city has to offer:

  • Tour of the Tourism Line (Linha Turismo) : The Linha Turismo is a panoramic bus that travels around the main tourist attractions in the city. Starting with this tour is a great way to begin discovering Curitiba.
  • Discover the parks of Curitiba: A great way to enjoy and get to know Curitiba is to go to one of the more than 30 parks and forests in the city. I can assure you that they are beautiful and worth visiting. Some of the main points are the Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico), where you will find a beautiful glass dome, and Barigui Park (Parque Barigui), where you can see charismatic capybaras sunbathing or playing. 
  • Get to know the Historical Center and visit the Museums of Curitiba : In the historic center of Curitiba, you will find the historical buildings that are part of the city’s identity. The main point here is Largo da Ordem. As for museums, anyone visiting Curitiba cannot miss the Museu Paranaense and the Museu Oscar Niemeyer, also known as MON. 
  • Ópera de Arame and Pedreira Paulo Leminski : Those looking for shows and musical concerts can’t miss Opera de Arame and Pedreira Paulo Leminski.
  • Train ride to the city of Morretes : In Curitiba, it is possible to find several tours, one of which is the train ride to the neighboring town of Morretes. The tour lasts 3 hours and passes through lush landscapes with lots of greenery and mountains.
  • Go shopping : Between one tour and another, take the opportunity to go shopping in the city. Living in the region and knowing the climatic instability of Curitiba, I guarantee that the city specializes in offering excellent commercial spaces with fairs, shopping malls, and the Municipal Market.
  • Nightlife in Curitiba : Curitiba offers many options for the night. With many bars and clubs, what’s not lacking in Curitiba is fun, especially in neighborhoods like Batel.
  • Try the Restaurants in Curitiba: Something you cannot miss is the local cuisine for those visiting Curitiba. Due to its European heritage, mainly Italian, the city’s food is quite diverse and delicious. Restaurants with Italian food, such as the well-known Madalosso restaurant in the Santa Felicidade neighborhood, are an excellent choice.
  • Visit the panoramic tower : This 109-meter-high tower allows visitors to see the city of Curitiba from above. I recommend going to the tower in the late afternoon so as not to miss the sunset seen from the heights.
  • Visit Japan Square (Praça do Japão) : It’s a small square, but beautiful and charming. The square has a Japanese memorial, a Buddha monument, lakes, a lantern carved in stone, a house inspired by Japanese architecture, and a souvenir shop.

Best Curitiba Tours

There are several tours to do in Curitiba, which are a great way to get to know the city. A tour is the easiest and most cost-effective option unless you intend to rent a car in Curitiba. You don’t want to take Uber or taxis to see all this stuff as it adds up. 

💡 Pro tip: If having a car in Curitiba seems like a good fit for you, don’t forget another great option is renting a car . 

Below, you’ll find the best tours in Curitiba and its surrounding regions. The varied tours are a fast way to get a feel for the neighborhoods.

💡Pro Tip:   When visiting Curitiba, consider starting with a tour of the city (on a day with good weather, I would recommend the Linha Turismo bus tour, it’s a unique experience) to get to know the neighborhoods and the main tourist attractions in the city. This way, you will be able to plan better how you want to enjoy your trip. 

💡Pro Tip: Avoid booking tours from street vendors. Choose to book online instead, and it will be more budget-friendly for you.

Tours are a great and easy way for you to have a first contact with the city’s diversity, culture, and history, and in this Curitiba travel guide, we’ll show you the top tours in the town. 

Here are the top tours for Curitiba: 

  • Linha Turismo (Tourism Line) Tour : In this Curitiba travel guide, we first recommend a tour by the Linha Turismo bus. This double-decker bus is open at the top so visitors can enjoy the ride with a panoramic view while passing by some of the main tourist attractions in Curitiba. 
  • City Tour in Curitiba : With this tour, you can visit places and points of interest in Curitiba with the convenience of having the tour vehicle pick you up at your hotel. It is an excellent way to get to know the city.
  • By Night Tour: This tour will take you to discover Curitiba’s night activities, with its restaurants, pubs, galleries, and typical pastry shops that form a riot of colors and movement at night. In addition, the tour passes through typical landscapes and specific locations in the city.
  • Coffee Bike Tour : This tour made with bicycles takes the visitor to the best coffee shops in Curitiba. So if you like to ride a bike, this tour is for you.
  • Curitiba Free Walking Tour : This tour is free, and it is up to the visitor to contribute any amount. It was created by tourism professionals in Curitiba to take the visitor to a deeper understanding of the city’s history with its habits and customs. 
  • Kuritibike : The bike rental company also offers itineraries to get to know the city in a different and fun way.
  • Train Tour : This is a train ride that departs from the city of Curitiba to the town of Morretes, passing through beautiful landscapes in the middle of the Atlantic Forest.
  • Comida de Boteco (bar food) Tour : This tour cannot be missing from your travel itinerary. The tour is on foot, passing by bars knowing and trying the best local culinary specialties.
  • Private Custom Tours : Sometimes, creating a private tour with your own itinerary can be better. This approach lets you move at your preferred speed without concerns about being in a group. 

Is Curitiba Safe for Tourists?

Yes, Curitiba is considered one of the safest cities in Brazil. That doesn’t mean that crime doesn’t happen like in any big city or tourist destination, and you must use common sense.

In this Curitiba travel guide, you will find some tips to help you stay safe during your visit.

Your biggest concern here is the typical petty crime (like theft) in the busy season and around the more popular landmarks. This situation could occur in any big city, and the likelihood of encountering this issue remains the same. 

The more pre-planning you do, the less of a target you are. 

💡Curitiba Travel Guide Pro Safety Tips: 

  • Avoid the actions of criminals, not sporting chains, watches, medals, bracelets, and other jewelry. 
  • Avoid walking through poorly lit streets or squares. 
  • Separate in advance the money needed for small expenses, such as coffee, driving, etc. 
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the street or enter a busy establishment to seek help.
  • Avoid shopping alone.
  • Prefer to pay by credit or debit card. So you don’t need to carry large amounts of cash. 
  • Never publicly show money, especially in bars, restaurants, stores, cinemas, etc.
  • Purses, wallets, or shopping bags must be carried close to the body and far from the edge of the sidewalk.

It’s always important to take normal precautions. Curitiba is one of the safest cities in the country, but it is always good to be careful. 

Its neighborhoods are well-patrolled, and residents are welcoming toward tourists. That said, be aware of your surroundings, especially at night or when visiting crowded tourist areas. 

Keep an eye on your stuff and avoid poorly lit or deserted areas. It’s always a good idea to check with locals or your hotel staff about any areas to avoid. 

Remember, your safety largely depends on being aware of your surroundings and making smart, PRE PLANNED decisions.

What is the Best Travel Insurance for Brazil?

This is a question that I get a lot, as travel insurance can get confusing. This is a critical part of your trip though so that you do not have to worry when visiting Curitiba or any other part of the world. 

Figuring out travel insurance can be overwhelming. However, having the right travel insurance coverage is essential for a stress-free trip to Curitiba, Brazil. The key is to make sure it is simple and flexible. 

To streamline this, we have broken down the best travel insurance companies out there in the industry that are all great but also serve different needs.  

Let’s explore what each of them brings to the table: 

✅ World Nomads : Best for comprehensive coverage, flexibility, AND adventure sports. Covers trip cancellation, emergency medical costs, and emergency medical transportation and protects your travel gear. 

✅ SafetyWing : This is for general travelers, frequent travelers,  and long-term digital nomads in Brazil. Provides lots of flexibility as far as start date, coverage extension, and automatic renewals. It also has limited home-country coverage. 

✅ Travel Insurance Master : Brazil travel insurance search tool, this is for people who really want to compare policies. 

Curitiba Travel Guide: Frequently Asked Questions

Can you drink the water in curitiba brazil.

The short answer is NO. 

In Curitiba, Brazil, it is best not to drink tap water, even if it is treated. And even if it has been filtered, tap water should only be used to brush your teeth, bath, etc. Other than that, prefer bottled water or a filtered water bottle you can refill for free.

In addition, most restaurants in Curitiba offer mineral water suitable for customer consumption and use it to make ice, so the water is safe to drink in these places. But, in case of doubt, consult the restaurant about the origin of the water. 

Also, remember the Brazilian sun can be intense and hot, so maintaining hydration is vital.

So Steps to Stay Safe With the Water Are: 

  • If you’re in an Airbnb, consider boiling tap water if bottled water isn’t available.
  • If you’re in a hotel, opt for bottled water, but keep in mind it could be costly.
  • Opting for a Water-To-Go Filterable Bottle ensures access to clean and safe drinking water wherever you go, making your stay hassle-free and environmentally friendly.

What’s the Curitiba Weather Like?

Average min and max temperatures in Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba, Brazil, is a humid subtropical climate, which means that the summer is not so hot, it can get rainy, and the winter has low temperatures, once the city is considered the coldest capital in Brazil.

During the summer, which is from December to March, temperatures range from 16°C to 25°C (61°F to 77°F). It is humid, so be prepared for that. This is the period when it may rain a bit more. 

In the winter (it does get colder than up North), which is from June to September, the temperatures are much more mild. They are about 10°C and 20°C (50°F to 68°F). There is less rain in the winter, but it still happens. 

During fall (April and May) and spring (October and November), the temps are much more moderate, and this can be a time to avoid the heat of the colder temperatures of the winter, even though it is still mild, especially if you are from a climate where it snows.

Curitiba’s weather, however, changes quickly, so it is always good to travel with a light jacket and an umbrella. 

Is Curitiba Expensive?

For visitors from nations with a strong currency, like Americans and Europeans, traveling to Brazil is less expensive than touring their own countries, due to conversion rates.

Other than that, some parties and luxurious places can be more expensive, as well as tourist attractions and imported products.

In Brazil, prices tend to rise during the high season when tourists and visitors tend to come to Brazil. However, Curitiba is not the type of city that attracts crowds of tourists on holidays, vacations, or weekends. Quite the opposite, as in this period, the city’s inhabitants tend to go to the beaches. Therefore, the tendency is not to see a large variation in prices than what is found in Curitiba.

Is Curitiba Worth Visiting?

Without a doubt. In this Curitiba travel guide, we show that the city is one of the main cities in Brazil, and you won’t regret visiting it.

With its mild temperatures, it is an excellent destination for those from countries with lower temperatures, such as Europe and the US, fleeing the high temperatures in other Brazilian cities, such as Rio de Janeiro.

The city has attractions for everyone, historic buildings, contact with nature, good food, and, for those looking for it, exciting nightlife with parties, events, and nightclubs.

The city’s main feature is its various food options and the numerous green areas found throughout Curitiba. The tours around the city are magnificent and show visitors the main attractions of Curitiba to become familiar with the place.

If you are looking for good food, then there are local Italian-style restaurants, traditional local Brazilian barbeque, traditional local street food, and more. 

We say in the southern region of Brazil that the locals in Curitiba don’t smile much but are very receptive and hospitable to visitors. Also, the city is relatively safe compared to other larger cities in Brazil. 

How Many Days Do I Need in Curitiba Brazil?

In order to know all the parks, forests, museums, bars, and restaurants, think about staying in Curitiba for four to six days. If you’re going to Curitiba during Carnival, you’ll definitely need seven days.

However, if you only want to visit the central area, the parks, and some restaurants, the time in Curitiba can be reduced to up to three days since the city does not have beaches. 

Think of a reasonable amount of days to travel to Curitiba, and then think about adding one or two more days so you don’t have to rush to visit the city’s charming parks and don’t miss the restaurants with the wonderful cuisine of Curitiba.

General Curitiba Brazil Travel Info & FAQ

🌞 Curitiba Weather Curitiba is in the southern region of Brazil, an area with lower temperatures and more humidity, and the weather changes quickly. 

It is one of the coldest capitals in Brazil, so temperatures are usually not as hot as in other cities in Brazil, even in summer. However, the city is known for having constant rainfall all year round.

💰 Brazil Currency  Brazil’s official currency is the Brazilian Real, symbolized as BRL or R$. Although cards are widely accepted in popular areas and hotels, you still want to have some cash on hand. This is in case you really want to hit a street vendor for food or a painting. The worst thing is getting caught with no cash and missing that unique opportunity.

🗣️ Brazil Language  Brazil’s official language is Portuguese, so in Curitiba and throughout the country, this is what you’ll most likely hear. 

English is spoken in many tourist areas and hotels, but learning a few basic Portuguese phrases will get you a long way from an experience standpoint and a local perception standpoint.

If you want to learn a bit of Portuguese before going, DuoLingo and Pimsleur are great tools to help you.

🛫 Curitiba Brazil Busy Season & Slow Season Curitiba Busy Season: This is the summer in Brazil and runs from December to March. It is when the famous festival of Carnival takes place. However, in Curitiba, things tend to be different since, at this time of the year, the city’s residents tend to go to the beaches, emptying the capital a little. In Curitiba, the times that usually increase the number of tourists are in March during the Theater Festival in the city and in December when Curitiba performs attractions for the Christmas season.

Curitiba Slow Season: This is the winter time and goes from June to September. At that time, Curitiba tends to have very low temperatures, sometimes reaching 0º C (32º F), with frost covering the green parts of the city. The cold can push people away from Curitiba a little, which can be a good option for a calmer visit to the town. 

Curitiba Shoulder Season: In Brazil, the shoulder periods refer to Autumn and Spring. These are the months between the busy and slow seasons and provide a nice balance of pleasant climate, reduced crowds, and more affordable prices. It’s important to note that the seasons are reversed. For example, in the US, when it’s Fall, Brazil experiences its Spring, and vice versa.

Do I Need a Visa for Brazil? 

The Short Answer: If you are traveling from the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan, the answer is no, UNTIL October 1, 2023, then the answer is yes. Currently, no visa is necessary from European Union (EU) countries. This looks like it will be the case even after October 1, 2023. 

The Longer Answer: Traveling to Brazil is a great experience, but it is important to make sure you have all your ducks in a row so to speak. That means having the proper documentation needed to enter the country. 

Here’s what you need to know about securing a visa for Brazil, specifically for citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and European Union (EU) countries.

Section 1: US, Canada, Australia, and Japan Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan can currently enter visa-free travel to Brazil for tourism or business purposes. 

This applies to stays of up to 90 days within a 12-month period. All you need is a valid passport with an expiry date at least six months beyond your intended departure from Brazil.

Brazil is looking to implement the visa requirement again for these four countries as of October 1, 2023, so plan in advance for this. 

Section 2: European Union (EU)  Nationals

For most European Union citizens, including those from the UK, Germany, France, and Italy, also benefit from visa-free entry to Brazil. 

This policy permits EU nationals to stay in Brazil for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days within a 12-month period. Like others, they will need a passport that is valid for at least six months past the date of entry into Brazil.

Visa and immigration requirements can and do change. It is always advised to check the latest information from the official government websites of Brazil or your home country’s foreign travel advisory services before making travel plans.

For the most recent and comprehensive information about visa requirements for all nationalities, consult the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or a Brazilian embassy or consulate near you during your pre-planning phase of your trip. 

The October 1st, 2023 update does not look like it will affect EU Nationals, but research accordingly here .

What Do I Need on My Brazil Packing List? 

With this Curitiba travel guide, we’ll help you with your packing list. The worst thing is to overpack and bring unnecessary things all around the world with you. Equally as bad is not packing the correct accessories and throwing a wrench in your whole trip by spending half of a day in a mall in Brazil shopping for a travel adapter. 

Packing for Brazil should be done in advance, just like any other major trip abroad. 

Here’s a curated list focusing on your primary needs: 🔌 Power Adapters: Brazil utilizes type C and N outlets. Make sure you have the correct adapters for your devices to avoid wasting time buying one upon arrival. Consider investing in a universal travel adapter for seamless compatibility with various outlets during your travels.

📳 Brazil and Curitiba SIM Card: Staying connected is essential, especially when traveling abroad. Get a Brazil or Curitiba-specific SIM card for easy communication and online access. This helps a ton when dealing with things like Maps and Uber, and you don’t want to depend on public WIFI internet.

💧 Filterable Water Bottle: While tap water in Curitiba is generally safe, I wouldn’t recommend drinking it directly from the tap. Carrying a water bottle with a filter can be helpful, allowing you to stay hydrated without relying solely on bottled water. Consider using a Water-To-Go Filterable Bottle for convenient access to clean and safe drinking water during your time in Curitiba.

💊 Anti-Hangover Meds: Brazil’s nightlife is wild. It’s worth carrying anti-hangover medications to ensure your trip runs smoother. The last thing you want to do is waste an entire day out of a trip recovering from a hangover.

👒 Sun Protection: Brazil’s sun can be intense, so don’t try to be a hero here. Pack a high-SPF sunscreen and a sun hat to protect your skin and face. Just a short time in the sun-exposed can make it an unpleasant rest of the trip. Avoid the sun mainly between 10 am and 4 pm. You can go out, just make sure to put on your sunscreen.

🦟 Bug Repellent: Brazil’s tropical climate brings a fair amount of mosquitoes, particularly in hot seasons when Curitiba’s integrated nature areas attract them. However, during colder times, they’re less bothersome. Regardless, it’s wise to avoid inconvenience. Consider using an eco-friendly bug repellent to stay protected and enjoy your time outdoors in Curitiba comfortably.

🩴 Comfortable Footwear: You will need comfortable walking shoes and also sandals or flip-flops for hot days.

📄 Travel Documents: Don’t forget your passport, visa (if required), and travel insurance documents. Travel insurance is good to have a few printouts in case you need them for any reason. It is also good to have a photocopy of these important documents separately in case of loss or theft. Without photocopies, this would be a nightmare to deal with.

The rest of your packing list should include clothing for the season you plan to travel to Curitiba. And remember that in Curitiba, the climate can change several times during the day. A hot day with a beautiful sun can quickly turn into a rainy and cloudy day. 

So consider always walking with a jacket and an umbrella. Use this Curitiba travel guide to tailor this list according to your needs and planned activities.

Is it Safe to Rent a Car and Drive in Curitiba Brazil? 

Absolutely. With this Curitiba travel guide, you’ll see that renting a car and driving around Curitiba, Brazil is safe and perfectly fine. 

Curitiba is a big city with many vehicles, so it can be a little difficult to drive through its streets, but nothing that a GPS can’t help with if you need it. Key road signs are also in Portuguese but don’t worry. The rental car GPS or Google Maps on your phone will give you directions in your language. 

Remember, in Brazil, driving is on the right-hand side. You’ll need to have good car rental insurance for peace of mind, and you’re all set to go. You can get the insurance easily through the same place you rent the car from as an addon.  It is possible to find car rentals right at the airport for your convenience.

When you’re finding a parking spot, remember to secure your car and give it a second look to ensure none of your personal belongings are visible.

Overall, driving around Curitiba is not just safe but also a cool experience since the city is beautiful and well-designed with enchanting nature areas. It gives you way more freedom and flexibility to see stuff.

Do I Need to Speak Portuguese to Visit Brazil?

No, not at all. Speaking Portuguese isn’t a must for exploring Brazil. In popular tourist spots like Curitiba, you’ll encounter locals who can talk to you in English, especially in hotels and restaurants.

However, learning a few basic phrases in Portuguese can enrich your travel experience, help you engage more with the local culture, and can be very useful in situations where English isn’t widely spoken. Tools like DuoLingo are great, user-friendly language apps that help you learn the basics before your trip.

However, even without speaking Portuguese fluently, you’ll be able to navigate Brazil just fine.  Here are some great language preparation options for your trip to Brazil:

Learn Basic Portuguese: Use language-learning platforms like DuoLingo or Pimsleur. They offer interactive courses that can help you become more confident and conversational and will help you if you need to read any sign or information in Portuguese.

Use Google Translate App: This app is a lifesaver when you’re navigating language barriers. Remember, you’ll need a Brazil SIM card with data for the app to work without WiFi.

Get a Portuguese Phrasebook : Consider packing a Portuguese phrasebook like the Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook . It’s a fantastic non-digital assistant that can help you better communicate and understand the local language.

Even if you don’t become fluent, having some basic knowledge of the local language will enhance your travel experience in Curitiba, Brazil. It will be much appreciated if the locals see you have tried and made an effort, even if small. Another tip is that Brazilian people tend to use hand gestures and pointing a lot while they talk. Maybe doing that can help you communicate if you need it.

Is Brazil Safe for Solo Female Travel? 

Yes, Brazil can provide a secure environment for solo female travelers, but similar to anywhere else worldwide, taking precautions is crucial.

Basic safety measures include researching and opting for well-rated accommodations, reserving tours online rather than with street vendors, avoiding remote spots during the night, and being attentive to your surroundings.

Furthermore, it’s wise to leave flashy items behind and organize your small expenses in advance. Although, paying with cards is preferable than carrying substantial money.

Respecting local traditions and dress codes is also advisable. Opting for reliable transportation services can enhance safety while moving around. Utilizing ride-sharing apps like Uber or your rental car is highly suggested.

Stay connected with friends or family, and always keep them informed about your itinerary.

Embarking on a solo adventure in Brazil, particularly in Curitiba, can be a delightful journey with proper preparation.

Author: Augusto is local Brazilian writer born and raised in Brazil.

Hello! My name is Lukas and I’m 28 years old. I’m a Brazilian born from the state of Paraná in the South of Brazil. Loving my country and traveling, I want to share everything I know about it in this travel guide so that other people can get to know and enjoy everything Brazil has to offer. Here I will talk about the cultures, foods, tours, places and tips about some Brazilian cities. I hope you enjoy.

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While not necessarily sexy, Curitiba has long garnered praise for being one of the world’s best models of urban planning, mainly due to the bold initiatives of its three-term mayor, Jaime Lerner, whose daring moves in the early 1970s transformed a six-block length of downtown into a pedestrian zone (done in secret under the cover of darkness), created five express-bus avenues with futuristic tubular boarding platforms, encouraged recycling and sustainable design long before it was fashionable, and planted trees and created parks on an enormous scale.


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Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil. Cassiano Correia/Shutterstock

Museu Oscar Niemeyer

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Feira do Largo

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Jardim Botânico

In the far south of the city, the Jardim Botânico is a vast, flower-filled expanse, studded with sculpture and crisscrossed by walking paths. The…

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Largo da Ordem

Curitiba's colonial heart. Here, the pedestrian-only cobblestone streets are lined with beautifully restored buildings, many of which now house trendy art…

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Paço da Liberdade

Curitiba's historic Old City Hall was inaugurated in 1926 and designed by then-mayor Cândido Ferreira de Abreu, who was responsible for many of the city's…

Palácio Belvedere

Palácio Belvedere

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Teatro Guaíra

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Oi Torre Panorâmica

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Curitiba, Brazil

Oscar Niemeyer Museum

The farther north you head in Brazil, the closer you get to the equator and sweltering heat. In the south of the country, however, you are treated to warm days, cool nights, and an area that so far has managed to avoid the stampede of global tourism. Enjoy authentic, organized and charming Curitiba and these great attractions in the capital of Parana.

One of the main attractions when visiting Curitiba lies just outside the big city, a relaxing 40-minute drive once you reach the city limits. In Morretes you can take a break from city life, stroll through quiet streets, and enjoy some of the most authentic food in Parana. The drive back is also part of the trip, as the roads to and from Morretes connect in a loop, so you are treated to different sights on the way home.

Morretes, Parana, Brazil

Serra Verde Express Train

Plan a day trip and take a ride on the Serra Verde Express Train. On this track, the ride and not necessarily the destination is what you come for. A traditional steam-engine train chugs along at perfect speed, on tracks that run through the thick greenery that surrounds the city, allowing you to peacefully enjoy the view and snap memorable photos of Pico do Marumbi —the highest natural point in the Parana state.

Serra Verde

Ilha do Mel

Curitiba itself is not a coastal city but, once you reach its outskirts, you are a short and enjoyable drive from the tantalizing Brazilian coast. Let it direct you to the Island of Honey, in the Bay of Paranaguá—a tadpole-shaped island that is still scarcely inhabited but packed with gorgeous nature. Almost the whole island is rimmed with beaches and the thin, southern portion is home to a few hotels, pousadas and restaurants.

Ilha do Mel, Paranaguá, Parana, Brazil

Botanical Gardens

A short stroll from the center of Curitiba, the Botanical Gardens are a pressure release from the bustling activity downtown. Upon entering, the sounds of the city simply dissipate. The white-wire conservatory, the centerpiece of the gardens, is a renowned Curitiba landmark. The gardens have an open floor plan and with the water fountains make for a great place to bring a packed lunch.

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Jardim Botânico, Rua Engo. Ostoja Roguski, Curitiba, Brazil

Botanical Gardens

Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Looking like an alien periscope, this museum is certainly one of the strangest buildings in all of Brazil , named after its architect, Oscar Niemeyer. A humongous space, split between two buildings, it is dedicated to exhibiting the beauty of architecture and design. It was inaugurated in 2002, when Niemeyer was at the grand age of 95.

Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Rua Mal. Hermes, 999 – Centro Cívico, Curitiba, Brazil

Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Opera House

Curitiba is well known for its contributions to Brazilian theater , as you can find places dedicated to the performing arts in many corners of the city, and none more famous than the Wire Opera House, known in Portuguese as Ópera de Arame. Constructed in the serene environment of Parque das Pedreiras , this unique, wire, shallow-domed building is an intimate setting for performances, as it currently houses just 1000 spectators.

Ópera de Arame, Rua João Gava, 970 – Abranches, Curitiba, Brazil

Opera House in Curitiba

Holocaust Museum

With a strong German influence in the southern part of Brazil, the dark past of the country has been put on display in Curitiba, to help educate younger generations and visitors on one of the most horrific times in human history. The museum does a terrific job of holding nothing back, and showcases original documents and historic pieces that make this museum visit an impactful one.

Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba, Rua Cel. Agostinho Macedo, 248 – Bom Retiro, Curitiba, Brazil

Barigui Park

Filled with locals, the smooth, paved path through Barigui Park is the perfect place to strap on some rollerblades, rent a bicycle, or just walk through the crisp sunshine and lush greenery. It runs alongside a small stream that empties into a tranquil lagoon, which makes for the perfect foreground as you peer back towards the city in the distance.

Parque Barigui, Av. Cândido Hartmann – Bigorrilho, Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba Parks

Panoramic Tower

Curitiba is located on rather flat land, so getting a view of the city from a peak or hill is not easy. Luckily, you have the Panoramic Tower, which offers the best view of Curitiba. It is a 110-meter (360-foot) telecom tower made of glass, with public access, and allows for a spectacular, 360-degree view of the city.

Panoramic Tower, Rua Professor Lycio Grein Castro Vellozo, 191 – Mercês, Curitiba, Brazil

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Rua XV de Novembro, also known as Flower Street, is the main avenue running through the center of the city. It connects some of Curitiba’s main attractions, such as Osorio Square and Santos Andrade Square. It is mainly pedestrianized, with a couple of crosswalks, and is lined with restaurants, cafés, shops, and street performers.

Rua XV de Novembro,Praça Gen. Osório, 89-109 – Centro, Curitiba, Brazil

Parque Osorio

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Things to do in Curitiba, during the day and night

Things to do in curitiba: find out what are the best attractions in this brazilian city.

There is so much to do in Curitiba , the capital of Paraná ! I am a nature fan, but I have always avoided this city, thinking it would just be another gray metropolis, but I must admit: I was super wrong.

The green is everywhere in this city, and there are several parks and nature spots. The gardens are carefully well maintained and I heard that they are the city’s treasure.

Curitiba is known as a model city, pleasing everyone who visits it, and has a good reputation for being clean, organized and also a good place to live.

So, I decided to gather more information in this complete guide and it also report how my experience was in Curitiba, telling you what to do during the day and night, with or without rain, at any day of the week.

Where Curitiba is located and how to get there

Curitiba is the capital of the state of Paraná, in the southern region of Brazil , about 934 meters in altitude in the first plateau of Paraná.

The city is a bit over 400 km from São Paulo and the journey by car takes about 6 hours.

The good news is that the road is very well maintained and signposted, making this trip by car enjoyable (ah, and the landscape is beautiful). To rent a car, use our link from RentCars .

For those who choose to go by bus, the trip is very comfortable, and it is made by several companies that connect Curitiba to various capitals and cities of Brazil. The bus ticket from São Paulo to Curitiba costs around R$ 110.

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Curitiba Airport

The airport of Curitiba is called Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB) located in the city of São José dos Pinhais, about 18 km from Curitiba’s downtown.

And as Curitiba has a good reputation, this airport was awarded as the best airport in Brazil by the Ministry of Transportation.

Weather in Curitiba

Curitiba is the coldest capital of Brazil, with well-defined seasons and average summer temperatures around 21 °C.

Many factors influence Curitiba’s climate, but mostly the flat terrain surrounded by mountains and the dry air masses that dominate south-central Brazil.

During the winter, the average temperature is 13ºC in the coldest month, but sometimes it reaches below 2ºC.

In Curitiba, never leave the house/hotel without your umbrella, as it is very common for the weather to change abruptly and start raining.

Tourist Attractions of Curitiba

Below you will find more information about the main tourist attractions of Curitiba :

Botanical Garden

The Curitiba Botanical Garden , opened in 1991, and is one of the most visited tourist spots in the city.

Inspired by French gardens, with a large welcoming carpet of flowers, the Garden is very charming. There you’ll find a metal structure that houses various botanical species.

The place is amazing, especially on sunny days!

Address: Rua Eng°. Ostoja Roguski, 690 – Jardim Botânico. 

Phone: +55 (41) 3264-6994

The admission is free and the park is open everyday from 6 am to 8 pm (in summer it is open until 9 pm).

LMTM Tip: Do you want to take pictures at the Botanical Garden without the crowds around you?

Arrive there early, as soon as the park opens. It is worth having flexibility in the itinerary so you can choose the day with the best weather to visit the place.

‘ Ópera de Arame’ Opera House

The Ópera de Arame is one of the symbols of Curitiba and it is a must for your city tour.

This place is a theater that hosts all kinds of shows, from the most popular to the classic, even if you don’t go to a concert, the visit is worth it, because it was built in a wonderful environment and the structure is quite cool.

Address: Rua João Gava, 920. – Abranches.

The ticket costs R$ 12 and on Wednesdays admission is free.

The hours of operation are from 10 am to 6 pm every day. In addition, the location is accessible for visitors with reduced mobility.

LMTM Tip: As in the Botanical Garden, it is worth arriving very early to take pictures with more room and tranquility. 

Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Also known as the Eye Museum , Oscar Niemeyer is an art museum of national and international importance, focusing on arts, architecture and design.

Address: Rua Marechal Hermes, 999 – Centro Cí́vico.

Phone: +55 (41) 3350-4400

The Museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, with admission costing R$ 20 full and R $ 10 half, and on Wednesdays admission is free. Besides that the museum offers accessibility.

Bosque do Papa

Bosque do Papa is the memorial of Polish immigration. The park was opened in 1980 and it represents the faith and struggle of Polish immigrants that began in the 1970s. 

Address: Rua Mateus Leme/Rua Vieira Santos/Rua Mário de Barros, centro.

Phone: +55 (41) 3313-7194

The park opens daily from 7 am to 8 pm, and the memorial opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

Santa Felicidade Neighborhood

Santa Felicidade is a super charming neighborhood in Curitiba. It emerged in 1878 with the arrival of Italian immigrants.

The neighborhood is 7 km from the center and it is full of wineries and craft stores. The visit is a delight!

Panoramic Tower

This is where you can have an incredible view of the city, in a tower that offers a 360º view of Curitiba. 

Address: Rua Prof. Lycio Grein de Castro Vellozo, 191, bairro Mercês

Phone: +55 (41) 3339-7613

The Panoramic Tower can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. The tickets cost R$5 and are sold until 6:30 pm.

Bosque Alemão Park

Bosque Alemão is a great place to visit with kids and has a gazebo with a beautiful view of the city and Serra do Mar.

In addition, the staircase leading to the woods is rustic and very beautiful, and along the way they tell Hansel and Gretel’s story.

On the way, they also have the “Witch’s House” which is where some witches tell stories to children on Saturday, Sunday and holidays at 11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm.

There, they also perform a ritual to take children’s pacifier and bottle in a positive way (hello parents on duty!).

Address: R. Nicolo Paganini, s/n – Pilarzinho, Curitiba – PR, 81720-300

Phone: +55 (41) 3568-1087

The woods open daily from 8 am to 6 pm, and admission is free.

Metropolitan Cathedral

The Basílica Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais Cathedral located in Tiradentes Square in the Center has a very different architecture and offers guided tours by appointment.

Address: Rua Barão do Serro Azul, 31

Phone: +55 (41) 3324-5136

Things to do in Curitiba

For those who have more time, there is soooo much to do in Curitiba, so here are some more tips that go beyond the sights:

Municipal Market

The Municipal Market was founded in 1958 and attracts many residents and visitors of Curitiba. In the market there are several stalls with spices, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and lots of crafts.

It is a great place for walking, shopping and also eating a nice meal in one of the market restaurants.

Address: Av. Sete de Setembro, 1865.

Phone: +55 (41) 3363-3764

Opening hours: Monday, from 7 am to 2 pm; Tuesday to Saturday from 7 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 7 am to 1 pm.

Curitiba Comedy Club

How about enjoying your days in Curitiba to have a good laugh?

Curitiba Comedy Club is the first space totally dedicated to comedy in Brazil and it has received great Brazilian personalities like Fabio Porchat and Danilo Gentili.

The bar, which also offers drinks and snacks, is open from Tuesday to Saturday and does not allow under 14s.

Address: Rua Mateus Leme, 2467.

Largo da Ordem Street Fair

On Sundays, there is the Largo da Ordem Fair , which attracts hundreds of visitors from 9 am to 2 pm.

In the fair, there are several stalls with handmade products made with various materials, as well as art, music and street theater. In this market I bought a wonderful hibiscus jelly!

The fair takes place from 9 am to 2 pm in the historical sector, in Largo da Ordem Square.

Curitiba has several parks, and is a super green city. And the most interesting thing is that the city has turned a flooding problem during rainy seasons into tourist attractions that bring thousands of visitors to the city.

For those who love being in touch with nature, the city is a full plate. When you are there, be sure to visit at least one of these parks: Barigui , Tingui , Tanguá or Passaúna Park . It is super worth it!

Praça das Nações Square

This tip I got from the locals, so it’s an information that almost no visitors know about.

Praça das Nações is an ideal place to watch the sunset in Curitiba , and being in a high region without buildings, it offers an incredible view of the city. Furthermore, the square has a small parking lot and a children’s playground.

Address: Av. Senhora da Luz, Alto da Rua XV.

Vale da Música

Vale da Música is a floating stage located on the lake next to the Opera House . There you can enjoy quality instrumental music while you drink or eat something in the Opera Art restaurant .

Address: Rua João Gava, 920

“Tour de Boteco” Pubs Tour

If you like pub food you will love this experience! The Boteco Tour is a guided tour to the best bars in Curitiba and it promotes interaction between the participants.

The value is approximately R$ 80, there are 8 itinerary options and the meeting point, days and times may vary. So check out the schedule and sign up on their website .

Morretes & Ekoa Park 

If you have more time in Curitiba, extend your trip to Morretes , a super charming city on the coast of the state of Paraná, about 60 km from the capital (about 1h15min by car).

With colonial heritage, Morretes has a beautiful architecture and natural beauty, as well as a great local cuisine. Take a look in our article that tells you all about Morretes .

Seriously, you’ll be grateful that you gave Morretes a chance on your trip!

When in Morretes, be sure to visit Ekôa Park , a place full of meaning where you can reconnect with nature.

The park is in the middle of a forest reserve in the Atlantic Forest, and there are various activities for all ages, such as workshops, courses, trails, tree climbing, captive balloon flight and much more.

Check out our article about Ekôa Park and don’t miss it.

Considering that rain in Curitiba is common, it is worth having an idea of what to do in this situation. Niemeyer Museum , Municipal Market , 24 Hours Street , Egyptian Museum and Rosacruz , Café do Viajante , Holocaust Museum are some of the options.

Besides the Curitiba Comedy Club , mentioned earlier in this article, it is worth it to enjoy places like Sheridan’s Irish Pub , Taco el Pancho , Sal Market , Taj Bar , or watch some play at the Guaíra Theater .

Visit Botanical Garden , Bosque do Papa , Bosque Alemão , Municipal Market , Parks , Squares and City Fairs . Details provided in the full article.

Tourist Bus in Curitiba

It is worth mentioning that the city has a Tourism Line that starts at Tiradentes Square and travels 26 sights, 45 km in approximately 3 hours.

The line operates from 9 am to 5:30 pm every day except on Mondays and you can take buses every 30 minutes.

Children up to 5 years old do not pay to get in, while adults pay R$ 50 for the card that is valid for 24 hours from the first use. 

Tickets must be paid in cash and can be purchased at any boarding point.

Check here for more information about the Tourist Line of Curitiba .

Where to Stay in Curitiba

Although I stayed at a friend’s house during my trip, I separated here some really cool options in Curitiba for you to stay.

Thinking about location and options of what to do, I suggest staying in the Center or in the Batel District.

Hotels in Curitiba

Like every big city, Curitiba has several hotel options as you can see on the map below.


But still, I have some suggestions fo you:

Nomaa Hotel

A friend of mine stayed at Nomaa Hotel , located in Batel, and loved it. If you like sophistication and a more personal type of service this is my tip.

San Juan Johnscher Hotel

The San Juan Johnscher Hotel is located in Curitiba’s Historic Center and its building is considered a city’s historical heritage. In addition to being very charming and affordable, Johnscher has good guest recommendations.

O Bosque Hostel

For those who want to save money or stay in a more relaxed environment and suddenly make new friends, Bosque Hostel is in the Civic Center near the Niemeyer Museum.

Do you know any cool places in Curitiba or things to do that aren’t here but should be? Tell us =)

Oh, and if you think the tips are over, it is not! We decided to make another article about where to eat in Curitiba , so you can enjoy the best of the gastronomy of this city as well.

Learn more about Paraná, we have other articles that will help you too:

Places to eat good food in Curitiba

What to do in Morretes, Paraná

Visit Ekôa Park in Morretes

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  •  Parque Barigui
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  •  Parque Ecológico do Guaíra
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  •  Parque Estadual de Vila Velha
  •  Parque Estadual do Rio Iguaçu
  •  Parque São Lourenço
  •  Parque Tanguá
  •  Parque Tingüi
  •  Parque das Araucárias
  •  Parque das Aves

  •  Brasília National Park
  •  Cabo Orange National Park
  •  Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
  •  Emas National Park
  •  Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park
  •  Iguaçu National Park
  •  Itatiaia National Park
  •  Jaú National Park
  •  Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
  •  Monte Roraima National Park
  •  Pico da Neblina National Park
  •  Serra da Bocaina National Park
  •  Serra da Bodoquena National Park
  •  Serra da Canastra National Park
  •  Serra da Capivara National Park
  •  Serra da Mantiqueira National Park
  •  Serra da Mocidade National Park
  •  Serra do Apiaú National Park
  •  Serra do Cabral National Park
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  •  Serra do Cachimbo National Park
  •  Serra do Caraça National Park
  •  Serra do Cipó National Park
  •  Serra do Divisor National Park
  •  Serra do Intendente National Park
  •  Serra do Itajaí National Park
  •  Serra do Mar National Park
  •  Serra do Maranhão National Park
  •  Serra do Marinho National Park
  •  Serra do Mel National Park
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Top 10 Things to Do in Curitiba, Brazil

  • Author david
  • Date July 12th, 2021

Sitting atop a plateau west of Paranaguá in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná is the city of Curitiba. As the state’s capital and the eighth most populous city in Brazil, Curitiba is an essential Latin American center for culture, economics, and politics. The city’s reputation for being a quintessential food city is also a big draw when it comes to the things to do in Curitiba, Brazil.

The History of Curitiba

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Curitiba was founded by the Portuguese in March of 1693 under the name “Vila da Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais.” The name, which translates to “Village of Our Lady of the Light of the Pines, changed to “Curitiba” in 1721.

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During the 1700s, the settlers in Curitiba took advantage of its favorable location for cattle breeding, which saw the city expand. Later in its history, in the 19 th and 20 th centuries, logging and other agricultural practices such as coffee, mate, corn, soybean, and wheat cultivation, then led to more expansions.

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During the city’s expansion in the 19 th century, Curitiba became the new home of several waves of European immigrants. Italians, Ukrainians, Germans, and Poles arrived in huge numbers, and the culture they brought with them continues to shape the city’s identity to this day.

Modern-Day Curitiba

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Today, Curitiba is one of the safest Brazilian cities, as well as the best big city in the country to call home, according to Reader’s Digest. It’s also known for its sustainable urban development.

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But Curitiba is probably best known for its gastronomical scene, which ranges from traditional family-style Italian eateries to the gaúcho meat-roasting method known as fogo de chao. Served at churrascarias throughout the country, this traditional fire-roasting technique is a signature of Curitiba’s cosmopolitan cuisine.

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My time in Curitiba was quick but eventful, and took my taste buds on a mouthwatering journey through its eclectic food and coffee culture. And while Curitiba’s famously rainy weather was on full display for most of my visit, it couldn’t put a damper on my excitement.

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I can’t think of a better way to explore the city than to join my friends Guilherme and Rafa from Rio4Fun and Rio4Food on this epic gastronomical journey. These are the top 10 things to do in Curitiba, Brazil!  

Visit Jardim Botânico de Curitiba

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The European influences in southern Brazil are as abundant as they are varied. One of these diverse influences from across the pond can be seen in one of the city’s most famous attractions, Jardim Botânico de Curitiba.

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These sprawling, French-style botanical gardens have been one of Curitiba’s main tourist sites since it opened in 1991. Visiting them is easily one of the best things to do in Curitiba, Brazil. The gardens encompass neat, impeccably-manicured grounds that feature evergreen hedgerows, bright and healthy-looking grass, and thousands of vibrant flowers.

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Don’t be alarmed if you spot some small animals crossing the garden paths or hiding amongst the flowers. These are esquilos, small, rodent-like creatures that call the garden home. I found them to be quite funny; they kept hiding from me if I got close but would then poke their heads out to get a look at me once I walked away!

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The centerpiece of Jardim Botânico de Curitiba is its glorious, French-inspired greenhouse. Made almost entirely of glass, it looks more like a crystal palace than a greenhouse! It’s a gorgeous site, especially framed behind the garden’s statues and flowers and photographed from above!

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Best of all, entry to the botanical gardens is free, so it’s perfect for travelers who are on a budget but still want something fun and touristy to do. I highly recommend taking at least a few minutes to check it out!

Jardim Botânico de Curitiba R. Engo Ostoja Roguski – Jardim Botânico Curitiba, Paraná 80210-390 Brazil PHONE: +55 41 3362-1800

Eat Authentic Fogo de Chao at Villa Rosa Brasil Restaurante

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If you’re a carnivore looking to visit Brazil, you’ve probably already heard about Brazilian barbecue. Fogo de chao, a world-famous form of Brazilian barbecue that’s characterized by the meat roasting vertically over flaming ashes, is an absolute must. In Curitiba, the best place to try it is Villa Rosa Brasil Restaurante !

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This family-owned restaurant lies just 20 minutes outside the city and is a meat lovers paradise. From the moment you arrive, you can see massive ribs and other cuts of meat roasting to charred perfection outside. The meat comes with a number of sides, including mashed potatoes, rice, beans, sausage, yucca, fresh watermelon, and salad.

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As the restaurant is extremely popular, it will likely be packed. I suggest eating in their tent-covered outdoor dining area. But best of all, the food is practically a steal—it only costs R$ 64.90, or roughly $12 USD, for an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue meal!

The Fogo de Chao

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I suggest going for a bit of everything, but the fatty and crispy pancetta is a true highlight. Pairing it with the flavor-packed rice and beans and grilled pineapple is a true treat for your palate.

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The smoky and salty ribs are also out of this world. They’re a signature of the meat culture in southern Brazil. Here, the meat is seasoned only with salt, and there isn’t much in the way of sauces. The simplicity allows the flavor of the meat to shine in a way it often doesn’t when there are too many bells and whistles.

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There are also caramelized pumpkins, which add a nice sweetness to the savory, salty, oily, and crunchy meal. I also can’t recommend the spicy asado eggplant enough. I love eggplant, and when you add chilies to it, it changes the game in the best possible way!

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I’m a big fan of mixing foods to get new flavor and texture combinations, so I also recommend mixing your rice, beans, and farofa—the local name for manioc flour—together for a delicious, mouthwatering bite.

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Finish up with some grilled pineapple sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar for dessert. The sweet, acidic, and smoky fruit is a flavor explosion in your mouth! It’s a fantastic digestive, as the bromelain in the pineapple will help break down the heavy, protein-rich meal you just had! Trying some is also among the best things to do in Curitiba, Brazil!

Villa Rosa Brasil Restaurante R. do Contôrno 588 – Granja das Acácias Quatro Barras – Paraná 83420-000 Brazil PHONE: +55 41 99989-6660

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Try brazilian coffee at lucca cafés especiais.

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As I mentioned earlier, even though Curitiba was founded by the Portuguese, its Italian influences also run deep. One of my favorite spots in town to see and feel those nuggets of Italian culture is Lucca Cafés Especiais.

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This European-style café is very reminiscent of coffeehouses I’ve visited in Italy. Inside, they sell coffees from various states and regions in Brazilin including Bahia, Cerrado, Norte do Paraná, and Sul de Minas. I recommend buying 250 grams of their Naimeg, which costs roughly $11 USD.

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There, you can buy bags of whole or ground coffee beans, as well as a unique coffee-infused blonde ale. Called Cerveja Morada Hop Arabica Lata, this beer is like a crafty cross between a blonde ale and a porter, with a rich coffee flavor. It takes some getting used to but is easily among the top things to do in Curitiba, Brazil!

Lucca Cafés Especiais Alameda Pres. Taunay, 40 Batel, Curitiba, Paraná 80420-180 Brazil PHONE: +55 41 3016-6675

Eat Exotic Brazilian Ukrainian Food at BarBaran

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When you visit Curitiba, you might be shocked to hear locals talking about eating jaguar meat. But then, after learning a bit more, you’ll find that the meat isn’t actually from the spotted jungle feline. It’s actually just the name given to a type of raw mincemeat you can find around town.

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One of the top eateries in town to try this exotic delicacy is BarBaran, a popular local Ukrainian bar and restaurant. The bar, of course, serves various types of alcohol, including a spicy and sweet vodka-like drink with honey.

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They also sell a sandwich called pao de bolinho, which is a black beef croqueta sandwich. It comes topped with mayo, pickles, wasabi, Brazilian sausage, and melted cheese. It’s crispy and savory, and quite heavy, and goes well with a Colorado Brewery coffee-style porter. 

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But the star here is the “jaguar,” which is actually beef tartare served with bread, white and spring onions, ginger, wasabi, black mustard, ginger, and olive oil. Raw beef, of course, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve loved it ever since I first tried it in Morocco.

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It’s crunchy and fresh, with a nice amount of heat and quite a bit of flavor. If you like expanding your palate with new food adventures, this dish is a great way to do it. It had my mouth watering from the jump and I can’t recommend it enough!

BarBaran Alameda Augusto Stellfield, 799 Centro, Curitiba, Paraná 80410-140 Brazil PHONE: +55 41 3322-2912

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Explore downtown curitiba.

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With a city as diverse and multifaceted as Curitiba, you’d probably expect its downtown area to be a melting pot of the cultures that make the city so unique. If so, you’d be right. The busy downtown area is full of European influences, including the old buildings and streetcars along its pedestrian street.

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I visited in December, so at the time, the permanent street market in the area was decked out in preparation for Christmas. Any other time of the year, handicrafts are the main items for sale, but in December, you’ll find Christmas-related items.

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The market is home to street food carts selling food from various Brazilian states and countries, from Poland to Bolivia to Belgium. You can try several types of sugary coconut candy, including rock-hard nuggets and a softer coconut bar called cocada. I recommend the fermented Portuguese drink called quentão, which is a grape-based drink similar to hot licorice wine.

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Across from the market is Bar Stuart, the oldest bar in Curitiba and one of the oldest in Brazil. There, you can try some fragrant cachaça, a popular spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice that’s similar to grappa or raki.

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Bar Stuart also offers several exotic dishes, including bull testicles and fried crocodile tail. The crocodile tail is dense and gamy but goes well with chimichurri, manioc flour, and spring onions served on the side. If you’re an adventurous eater like I am, you shouldn’t pass it up! 

Bar Stuart Praça Gen. Osório, 427 Centro, Curitiba, Paraná 80020-010 Brazil PHONE: +555 41 3323-5504  

Eat Pasteles at Juvevê Bar Restaurante e Pastelaria

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Of the many things you must do in Curitiba, Brazil, near the top of the list is having a pastel. These large, savory pastries are essentially deep-fried pies stuffed with meat, vegetables, and cheese. They’re similar to the empanadas I regularly eat in Miami. By far, the best spot to try one in the city is Juvevê Bar Restaurante e Pastelaria.

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This local haunt is over 40 years old and its pasteles are legendary. They have over 150 varieties, many of which come from town and cities around Brazil.

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The pastel I tried was massive and contained shredded beef, banana, and manioc flour. It originated from a nearby town called Morretes. It’s crunchy on the outside and quite oily, and the filling is both savory and sweet, though also salty. The manioc flour adds a dry element, but it also creates a new layer of texture.

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While the pastel was heavenly on its own, I also recommend adding some chili sauce if you like your food to have a kick to it. The heat and flavor of the chilies tie everything together and creates a flavor profile you won’t be able to get enough of. And, best of all, at just R$ 24 (just under $5 USD), it’s practically a steal!

Juvevê Bar Restaurante e Pastelaria Avenida João Cualberto, 1817 Juvevê, Curitiba, Paraná 80030-001 Brazil PHONE: +55 41 3253-0838

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Enjoy a drink at casa velha bar.

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One of the best ways to immerse yourself in local culture while traveling is to visit one of its bars. One of the most famous in Curitiba is Casa Velha, a rustic but authentic sports bar located inside an old house.

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There, you can enjoy a drink and watch some sports while chowing down on some local bar food. During my visit, I went with one of their draft beers, a Buddy Brewery American Pale Ale that was hoppy, crisp, and sessionable. I also tried a dark, malty beer called Petra, which was like a cross between a stout and a porter.

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Then, my friend and guide Guilherme and I went with a type of croqueta called a bolinho for a quick snack. They’re essentially ground beef fritters with molten cheese inside, served with mustard and a spicy sauce.

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They’re the kind of snack you can pop all afternoon long! The outer layer is golden brown and crispy, while the inside is soft and juicy. But the gooey cheese inside is what makes them! Eating this unassuming snack is among the top things to do in Curitiba, Brazil, so stop by and tell them I sent you!

Casa Velha Bar R. Mateus Leme, 5981 Abranches, Curitiba, Paraná 82130-085 Brazil PHONE: +55 41 3354-4050

Have Breakfast at Pizzaria Itália

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Pizza for breakfast? Why not? As the Italian culture is one of many that has helped shape modern-day Curitiba’s identity, it should come as no surprise that Italian restaurants are abundant in the area. Pizzaria Itália, an Italian-style diner that dates back to 1969, is among the local favorites.

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As a frequent visitor to Italy (I still have family living in the Umbria region), Pizza Itália transported me back to my mother’s homeland the moment I entered. Images of Italian cities I’ve explored in the past adorn its walls, and the entire place has a cozy feel that made me long for another trip across the pond.

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Even early in the morning, the stringy mozzarella and thick, doughy crust of their pizza hit the spot. Their cheese variety was good, for sure, but their pepperoni was even better, especially with some hot chili flakes and olive oil on top! The fresh oregano really helped set it off.

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If some of the best pizza in all of Curitiba wasn’t enough to entice you, Pizzaria Itália also offers amazing fruit smoothies so thick and rich, you’d swear they were milkshakes. You won’t find any artificial syrups here—just fruit, milk, and a bit of sugar.

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I highly recommend the strawberry-papaya-avocado smoothie. It’s creamy and decadent, and is the perfect accompaniment to their fantastic pizza!

Pizzaria Itália R. Maestro Carlos Frank, 1460 Boqueirão, Curitiba, Paraná 81750-400 Brazil PHONE: +55 41 3286-8033

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Try authentic brazilian coffee at 4 beans.

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If you’re looking for local things to do in Curitiba, Brazil, one of the best is visiting 4 Beans Coffee Co . This local coffee shop is said by many to make the best Brazilian coffee in the entire city. They offer countless different varieties, each of the highest quality available.

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All of 4 Beans’ coffee is roasted in-house, so the moment you walk inside, you’re hit with the zesty, aromatic scents of roasting beans. From their floral and fragrant jasmine bean coffee from Rio to their bitter and unique variety from Bahia, 4 Beans is a coffee lover’s dream.

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The coffee comes in a satchel almost like a large teabag. They place it inside your cup, open it up, and then pour the hot water inside. The result is an intensely fresh brew that helps kick start your day!

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Their jasmine bean coffee was so delicious that I bought a bag to take home with me. It’s some of the best coffee I’ve ever had in my life!

4 Beans Coffee Co. Alameda Augusto Stellfeld, 795 Centro, Curitiba, Paraná Brazil PHONE: +55 41 99911-8664

Stay at the Intercity Curitiba Batel

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Because I highly recommend spending 24-36 hours exploring Curitiba at the very least, you’ll need a place to stay overnight. The best option in town is the Intercity Curitiba Batel , located in the desirable and trendy Batel neighborhood.

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This family-friendly hotel houses 180 air-conditioned rooms that offer complimentary WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a free breakfast buffet. The rooms come in three sizes: Standard Apartment, Superior Deluxe Suite, and Quarto Familia. Each room is spacious and modern and is furnished with a flatscreen TV, a bed, and a workspace.

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The hotel is located just minutes from top entertainment and dining options, including the Hard Rock Café Curitiba, Mercado Municipal de Curitiba, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, and Shopping Pátio Batel.

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With its central location and comfortable accommodations, the Intercity Curitiba Batel is a top-notch choice for travelers. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The staff is friendly and it offers everything you could possibly want. Staying there is easily one of the top things to do in Curitiba, Brazil!

Intercity Curitiba Batel Rua 24 de Maio, 144 Centro, Curitiba, Paraná 80230-080 Brazil PHONE: +55 41 3411-3001

BONUS: Eat at Gringo Dog Colombia

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If there’s one food in Brazil that epitomizes the influence European cultures have had on the cuisine, it’s the hot dog. Brought over by German immigrants, hot dogs are immensely popular in Brazil. One of the most well-known spots in Curitiba to get one is a food cart called Gringo Dog Colombia.

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Here, hot dogs are called vinha and come toasted and topped with onions, tomatoes, French fries, and yuca flour. On the side, you can also add a spicy, tangy pineapple sauce or a salsa-like tomato-and-chili sauce.

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I admit, I’m not a big hot dog fan, but trying one is one of the top things to do in Curitiba, Brazil if you want to immerse yourself in local life. The bun is nice and crispy and the fresh vegetables add a healthier feel. The pineapple sauce is also incredible and takes the vinha to the next level!

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With its diverse cuisine, European-style coffeehouses, and beautiful botanical gardens, Curitiba is a one-of-a-kind travel destination. I was told long before I arrived that it is a true foodie city, and as a foodie myself, I must say it did not disappoint one bit. From the pasteles to the bolinhos to the “jaguar” meat, every bite tantalized my taste buds and enticed me to sink even deeper into the local cuisine. And while the food was the main focus of my visit, the attractions also blew my mind. If you’re a foodie or a culture lover, book a trip to Curitiba soon to explore its culinary culture for yourself!

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A tour of Curitiba in Brazil without a visit to the Franz Krajcberg Cultural Space Curitiba Botanic Garden is a crime.

The iconic garden of this modern town in Brazil is a wonderful and perfect place to bring the family and take beautiful photos with.

It is all green and you can spend quiet time watching the birds and be sure to enter the glass covered greenhouse, you will be delighted by what you will discover.

The flowers that adorn the garden are impressive. No wonder it is one of the main postcards of the city that is also known for its lovely landscapes and contemporary art museums.

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Curitiba when to visit?

Unique in relation to numerous different urban areas in Brazil , this city is known for its warm and humid Subtropical Climate.

It is the city with the most reduced temperatures, considerably lower from urban areas placed in southern locales.

Individuals from Curitiba likewise say that the city has four seasons in one day, an aftereffect of the wide variety of temperatures for the duration of the day.

However, it is safe to see it all year round, but the coldest months begin from June, July and August.

The tolerable summer season (February-March) normally doesn’t last more than two months and it is usually around this time when the old museums, major attractions, and parks get very crowded with tourists and locals.

Things To Do In Curitiba

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Here are the interesting tourist sites and things to do in the majestic city of Curitiba…

Jardim Botanico de Curitiba

The Jardim Botanico de Curitiba in itself is easy to reach, surrounded by streets where parking is not difficult at no cost, and most of all safe.

You can start by walking the paths of the botanical garden and to discover the beauty of the place that is all well signposted, clean, well-preserved, and where the glass greenhouse is wonderful.

Jardim Botanico de Curitiba

It is like a piece of the Amazon in the middle of the city of Curitiba, as well as the chance to see the lagoon with its fish, bridges and other wonderful animals, a must for anyone visiting the city.

The garden is good looking, well-kept and all controlled in detail. If you want to visit an excerpt of calm in a city that is quite busy this is the right place.

What else to do in Curitiba

Franz krajcberg cultural space curitiba botanic garden.

You can barely feel the time pass when you’re inside the Franz Krajcberg Cultural Space Curitiba Botanic Garden.

Because once you are inside the botanical garden of the Paranaense Capital, you not only get to appreciate the beauty of nature but also a chance to enjoy good paintings by local artists from Brazil.

The lake is populated by colorful kois and carps that are parading for tourists. The landscape in general is very well cared for.

In the greenhouse; the waypoint “mandatory” site it has various tropical plants and some came from all over the world.

Franz Krajcberg Cultural Space Curitiba Botanic Garden

The grounds are well maintained; the view is amazing and has easy access from the city.

Just go from the Rui Barbosa square and take the railway train “Centennial” and get off at the station opposite the Headquarters of the Robbery and Theft, next stop is the botanical garden.

It is worth contemplating or spend quiet moments alone inside this calm and serene place in the busy city of Curitiba.

It is quiet and very beautiful despite the fact that it is always full of people. There are many photo enthusiast or hobbyist taking pictures, but still is not difficult to find good and new angles that are worth the effort.

It is a great choice for tourists that in addition to sightseeing, they will also get to enjoy the culture and history of Curitiba.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Curitiba

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Curitiba is a beautiful church that is close to the Tiradentes Square, which is located at the heart of the city center.

You can come in and make a quick visit and it does not cost anything.

Nothing attractive on the outside, but when you enter this religious structure, you will find a universe that brings you to the beginning of history.

If you have the opportunity, try to attend a mass. The dynamics of the liturgy is very cool and complemented by the acoustics of its perfect sound system.

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Estrada da graciosa (the gracious road).

Estrada Da Graciosa is a road that leads from the plateau to the sea and all the way through the humid forest of the Mata Atlantica and truly a breathtaking sight.

You will admire the lush vegetation, both for the landscapes and the villages that sometimes you meet on the way.

If you want to get off the “greenhouse” and do not want to take the historic train, use this famous street as a viable alternative.

The road is narrow and curvy, but the ancient landscape is fully surrounded by nature. There are stops for photographs and where you can take a pause to admire the views of the city.

The road is a mix of tarmac, boulders and sharp turns.

It is full of small waterfalls and orchids. It is a ride that cannot be missed for those who go to Curitiba. This makes for a fun driving experience.

While driving, you can make a stop at several places and enjoy the majestic views of the city. Down to the coast of Paraná the Gracious Road is very good.

As the road is narrow and quite curvy, the ride is quiet; the descent surrounded by trees makes the very smooth ride cool even when it’s hot.

Estrada Da Graciosa

The Gracious Road dates back from the Empire times and has long been the only connection of Curitiba with the coast.

Most of the road is stone with some paved stretches. Access for those coming from Curitiba and São Paulo is done by BR116. All the way it is very beautiful, the road is narrow and winding and so it has to be traveled at low speed.

Most of the path crosses the Atlantic Forest which is very well preserved in this region. Along the way there are some places where you can buy food, rest or even bathe in the rivers crossing the path.

After the descent the road forks, and may be followed to the cities of Morretes or Antonina. On the way to the corner there is the Morretes São João da Graciosa, with excellent place to bathe or make the descent of the buoy to the Nhundiaquara River.

Surely the Graciosa Road is the most beautiful way to the coast of Paraná and one of the major tourist attractions in the state!

My Favorite Curitiba attractions

Honey island (ilha do mel).

The Honey Island (Ilha do Mel) is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches of Paraná.

There are calm beaches for swimming where the more it gets agitated, the more it becomes suitable for surfing.

The island is quite large and has many interesting points to know. On the beaches of Charmed and Nova Brasilia are the piers for loading / unloading and is where most hotels, restaurants and markets are located.

Because they are not on the island motor vehicles allowed access to the various sites is done on foot through trails.

Standing close to these several beaches is an enchanting cave. It is beautiful and easily accessible by a walkway.

Located close to the Nova Brasilia is the lighthouse, perched on a hill that gives a great view of the island. At the other end of the beach, at the distance of about 5 or 6 km from the lighthouse, is the old fort.

Here at the Honey Island, there are several places to see and good beaches to relax. The distance between certain locations is significant, so it is ideal to go and spend a long time for the island at least about 2 days.

Access is very easy from the Pontal do Sul, where there is a marina and pier with the entire infrastructure, from snack bars to paid parking lots and rent- a- cars.

The Dali boats leave at half-hour intervals in high season and the crossing is quick, lasting around 30 minutes.

Upon boarding, you must choose the location of the landing (Charmed or Nova Brasilia).

Museu Oscar Niemeyer (Oscar Nimeyer Museum)

Resplendent with its outstanding architecture and great exhibits, the Museu Oscar Nimeyer (Oscar Niemeyer Museum) is an obligatory stop for tourists visiting Curitiba.

The museum is a source of leisure and fun and a great choice for the weekends, when the museum is mostly packed and more new artists and their individual works are introduced.

You can book an afternoon to visit the museum as there is so much to see and many leisure options still left for you to explore like; the Parcão (a located next to the MON, where locals bring their dogs), the Pope’s Woods ( which is next to the MON), MON Café, among many other attractions surrounding its quaint neighborhood.

In addition to Niemeyer’s architecture, the museum draws attention for its great mood. And the local audience is primarily responsible for it.

In addition to the regulars of museum exhibitions, the outdoor scene is composed of gardens teeming with people, walking or resting, and numerous dogs (the amount impresses) running and playing, giving an extremely pleasant ambience to the local climate.

The museum has several exhibition spaces, a nice little shop, and a cafe. It is a must see attraction while in Curitiba City.

Breathtaking sightseeing in Curitiba

Parque barigui.

The Parque Barigui is the most popular park in Curitiba even though it is very far from the city center. It offers a pedestrian path around a lake that is very nice.

It is the perfect spot to bring the dogs, an ideal place to stroll for the elderly, and for children to play with.

It costs nothing and you pass the hours in a very pleasant way. There is also a little bar/pub here that gets very busy on weekends.

It is a very beautiful and well maintained park. The bar with the deck that sits on the lake is a great choice for a beer and eat some snacks in the late afternoon.

It is the best Curitiba park where you can make a restful and relaxing walk.

If you ask any local around here why this place is their favorite, most of them would say that their intention is not to get in great physical form, but to improve their mood, because the astral contrast between the green of the park and the huge residential buildings in the background, provide harmony and peace that is contagious.

It is also an ideal place for cycling and sunbathing.

You can wear casual shorts and comfortable shoes but, bring plenty of water because it is difficult to find water there.

Parque Tangua

Certainly, the Parque Tanguá is the most beautiful and different between the various parks of Curitiba.

It is far from the city center, so the best option for the tourist who is not going there by car is to go with the buses that make the tourist circuit of the city.

The park is quite large and its attractions start with the striking entrance portal with fountains and gazebo.

Then you can go down towards a beautiful lake that was formed in a former quarry. At this point, one can see a beautiful waterfall that was formed when the park was built.

Walking a little bit further takes you to a tunnel excavated in the rock and giving access to a “warehouse” of wood on the lake.

In addition, there are several grassy banks or areas to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The park looks magnificent and well preserved.

The view itself is a good reason to visit. In addition, the trail crossing the cave is very worthwhile and is not very tiring, plus, it is relatively quiet.

Downstairs, it has a snack bar if you want to stop and rest a bit before making the turn of the trail.

The lake is gorgeous, the spectacular waterfall is an experience, and the trails are a great way to tour Curitiba.

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The feira do largo da ordem (the order of largo’s fair).

I is already very traditional and has been happening for many years in the heart of Curitiba. It is worth knowing, but the ideal time is to go early because it easily gets filled with people and so it becomes tiring from the mid-morning all the way to the afternoon.

It is a place to see crafts, antiques, clothes, pictures, eat the food stalls, buy books or old magazines, collecting items and so on, There is a wide variety of things for sale. Also it usually has an exhibition of old cars.

This fair is a must see and exploring its features is one of the best things to do In Curitiba.

The Fair is a great tour on Sundays.

Put clothes and comfortable shoes and explore its every corner. There are several types of craft stalls where you can buy beautiful things for the home, clothes and make a good snack.

The parking lots around charge in the range of R $ 15 but it is worth the time, do not leave your car on the street around the fair. Go early to enjoy!

Bairro de Santa Felicidade

The Bairro de Santa Felicidade Santa Felicidade is a neighborhood in the northwest of the Brazilian city of Curitiba, capital of the state of Parana.

The neighborhood is an ancient way of herdsmen Paulistas who went south.

In its historical formation, it has received a large number of settlers from northern Italy, in particular the regions of Veneto and Trento.

It is currently an important gastronomic stronghold, with a lot of Italian restaurants, as well as many wineries and craft shops.

The three main streets are Avenida Manoel Ribas, Director Toaldo Tulio and Via Veneto, in which, respectively is where you can find the traditional restaurants and the bus terminal and the road to citizenship district.

Bairro de Santa Felicidade

Santa Felicidade is located in the largest restaurant in Latin America, the restaurant Madalosso. It also plays host to amateur football teams namely; Trieste, Iguaçu and Flamengo.

Slightly detached from Curitiba city, Santa Felicidade is the bairro colonized by Italian immigrants that were mainly Venetians and partly Sicilian.

This neighborhood attracts visitors to the city and the wide possibilities to enjoy eating and drinking, though still in the Italian traditions.

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Hsbc palacio center (avenida palace).

During the course of the year, the Avenida Palace or the HSBC Palacio Center is just a beautiful old building in downtown Curitiba.

But at Christmas time, when it promote the nightly shows with children corals and a beautiful lighting, the space is magically transformed. It is a must to watch these beautiful Christmas shows while in Curitiba.

The Avenida Palace is the main attraction of Curitiba during the Christmas season.

The choir consists of children, which appears several times a week (not every day), and before nighttime, the building facade lighting is a lovely spectacle that amuses every passerby and commuters.

The Christmas performances at the Avenida Palace is an interesting and thrilling celebration, even if you go every year, as every year they have a theme and a different master of ceremonies. It is impossible not to be charmed.

Arrive early to get a good seat and stay away from the traffic areas. Preferably go in the first weeks, since the latter weeks are terribly crowded.

HSBC Palacio Center

Curitiba is one of the best cities in Brazil.

It is clean, wooded, dotted with great restaurants, theaters, museums.

Delicious and varied gastronomy, as in several Brazilian states.

Great shopping malls, in short, an exciting city to discover.

For those who admire art, Curitiba has several museums, and for lovers of nature it is one of the most ideal travel destinations in Brazil.

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1. Jardim Botânico

Jardim Botânico

The Jardim Botânico de Curitiba, in Portuguese, or the Botanical Garden of Curitiba, in English, also known as the "Jardim Botânico Fanchette Rischbieter", is a park located in the city of Curitiba - the capital of the state of Paraná, and the biggest city in southern Brazil. It is the major tourist attraction and landmark of the city, and it houses part of the campus of the Federal University of Paraná. The international identification code is CURIT.

Wikipedia: Botanical Garden of Curitiba (EN)

2. Teatro Guaíra

Teatro Guaíra

The Teatro Guaíra Cultural Centre is a state-run cultural institution located in Curitiba, Paraná. It was built in 1945 at Santos Andrade Square. The theater has about 3,000 seats in three different auditoria, and is one of the largest concert halls in Latin America.

Wikipedia: Teatro Guaíra (EN)

3. Wire Opera House

Wire Opera House

The Ópera de Arame, in Portuguese, or the Wire Opera, in English, is a theatre house located in the city of Curitiba, the capital of the state of Paraná, in southern Brazil. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. The opera house has a capacity of 2,400 spectators.

Wikipedia: Wire Opera House (EN)

4. Curitiba Railway Museum

Curitiba Railway Museum

The Curitiba Railway Museum was installed in the old Curitiba Railway Station, inaugurated in 1885, and which was part of the Curitiba-Paranaguá Railway until 1972, when the Curitiba Railway Station was inaugurated. In addition to the collection, consisting of 600 historical railway pieces, such as a locomotive from the early twentieth century, it uses part of the station's facilities, such as the ticket offices. In addition, the Museum tells the story of the construction of the Paranaguá-Curitiba railway. The museum is attached to Shopping Estação, where the Expresso Estação and the Regina Vogue Theater are also located.

Wikipedia: Museu Ferroviário de Curitiba (PT)

5. Museu Metropolitano de Arte

Museu Metropolitano de Arte

The Municipal Museum of Art of Curitiba (MuMA) was inaugurated on May 5, 1988, from the collection of works of art and popular art donated to the city by the artist Poty Lazzarotto, and was called Centro Cultural Portão. Years later, its name was changed to the Municipal Museum of Art. It is located in the cultural gate complex on Av. Argentine Republic, in the Porta neighborhood. Among the works on display in the museum are works by artists Pancetti, Picasso, Guignard, Di Cavalcanti, Portinari and others.

Wikipedia: Museu Metropolitano de Arte de Curitiba (PT)

6. P-47D Thunderbolt

P-47D Thunderbolt

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt is a World War II-era fighter aircraft produced by the American company Republic Aviation from 1941 through 1945. It was a successful high-altitude fighter, and it also served as the foremost American fighter-bomber in the ground-attack role. Its primary armament was eight .50-caliber machine guns, and it could carry 5-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 lb (1,100 kg). When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to 8 tons, making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war.

Wikipedia: Republic P-47 Thunderbolt (EN)

7. Castelo do Batel

Castelo do Batel

The Batel Castle is a palace located in the neighborhood of Batel, in the city of Curitiba, capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná. It currently functions as an event center. Built in 1924 by coffee grower and honorary consul of the Netherlands Luiz Guimarães, it was bought by Moysés Lupion, former governor of Paraná, in 1947, the year in which it was listed by the Historical Heritage; It had other uses until it was appointed as a suitable location for an event center in 2003.

Wikipedia: Castelo do Batel (PT) , Website

8. Zoológico de Curitiba

Zoológico de Curitiba

The Curitiba Zoo is a zoo located in the city of Curitiba, capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná. It is located within the Iguaçu Regional Park, the largest urban park in the country, with 8 million square meters and considered an ecological sanctuary for many species. The Park is crossed by the Iguaçu River, which forms flooded fields and riparian forests on its banks, as well as natural forests.

Wikipedia: Jardim Zoológico de Curitiba (PT) , Website

9. Museu Egípcio e Rosa Cruz

Museu Egípcio e Rosa Cruz

The Egyptian and Rosicrucian Museum is an institution attached to the Grand Lodge of the Portuguese language, maintained by the Rosicrucian Order – AMORC. The museum is located in the Bacacheri neighborhood in Curitiba, Paraná. It has a collection consisting mainly of replicas of Egyptian pieces belonging to several different periods, including the Tothmea mummy, donated to the museum in 1987.

Wikipedia: Museu Egípcio e Rosa Cruz (PT)

10. Relógio das Flores

Relógio das Flores

The Curitiba Flower Clock is located in Garibaldi Square, in the historic sector of the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná. The attraction was a gift offered to the municipality by the Rosenmann family, in the figure of former federal deputy Max Rosenmann, in 1972. From 1978 on, the flowers in the bed began to be replaced every quarter, obeying the flowering seasons.

Wikipedia: Relógio das Flores (Curitiba) (PT)

11. Bosque Estadual Papa João Paulo II

Bosque Estadual Papa João Paulo II

The Bosque do Papa João Paulo II is a park in the city of Curitiba, Paraná. It houses a reserve with more than three hundred araucaria trees in the central area of the capital of Paraná. The grove was created in honor of Pope John Paul II, and is home to the Polish Immigration Memorial. The forest has an exit to the rear lawn of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum.

Wikipedia: Bosque do Papa (PT)

12. Câmara Municipal de Curitiba

Câmara Municipal de Curitiba

The Rio Branco Palace, formerly the Congress Palace, is an architectural monument in the Brazilian city of Curitiba, capital of the state of Paraná, in which the headquarters of the City Council operates, being one of the most important historical buildings in the capital of Paraná.

Wikipedia: Palácio Rio Branco (Curitiba) (PT)

13. Igreja da Ordem

Igreja da Ordem

The Church of the Third Order of St. Francis of Chagas, known as the Church of the Order, is the oldest Catholic temple of the Brazilian municipality of Curitiba, capital of the state of Paraná. It is located at Mateus Leme Street, in Largo da Order, the historic center of the city.

Wikipedia: Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco das Chagas (PT)

14. Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Paraná

Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Paraná

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Paraná (MAC/PR) is an entity maintained by the government of Paraná, which has in its collection paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and other types of works by various Brazilian artists, especially from Paraná artists.

Wikipedia: Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Paraná (PT)

15. Igreja do Rosário

Igreja do Rosário

The Church of the Rosary - Sanctuary of Souls is a Roman Catholic temple in Brazil. Built in Baroque style, it is located in Largo da Ordem, in front of Garibaldi Square, in the Historic Center of Curitiba, the administrative capital of the state of Paraná.

Wikipedia: Igreja do Rosário (Curitiba) (PT)

16. Museu de Arte Sacra de Curitiba

Museu de Arte Sacra de Curitiba

The Museum of Sacred Art of the Archdiocese of Curitiba (MASAC) is an institution of the Archdiocese of Curitiba dedicated to the conservation of pieces related to the history of the Catholic Church in the capital of Paraná.

Wikipedia: Museu de Arte Sacra da Arquidiocese de Curitiba (PT)

17. Teatro Positivo

Teatro Positivo

Teatro Positivo is a theater with capacity for 2400 people installed in the city of Curitiba in Paraná, within the campus of Universidade Positivo. It is considered to be the largest theater installed in this state.

Wikipedia: Teatro Positivo (PT)

18. Memorial Ucraniano

Memorial Ucraniano

The Ukrainian Memorial is a tourist attraction located in Tingüi Park, in Curitiba, Paraná, and was erected in honor of the Ukrainian immigrants who came to this region of Brazil in the nineteenth century.

Wikipedia: Memorial Ucraniano (PT)

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One of the ways to get to know Curitiba is to board one of the double decker buses of Tourism Line, a special sightseeing Hop On/Hop Off bus line that circulates through the main tourist spots in the city, including parks, museums, theaters, viewpoints, cultural spaces, historic center, gastronomic district, memorials ethnic groups and the Municipal Market.

With the purchase of a boarding pass, in the amount of R $ 50.00 , Hop On/Hop Off are unlimited in all attractions of the route, for a period of 24 hours. Visitors can disembark and enjoy the location they choose, getting on the next bus, available every 30 minutes. The service operates regularly every day, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, with an initial departure at Rua 24 Horas, in the city center. However, the tour can start at any point; tickets are sold directly on buses (only in cash). 

1 - The starting point is at Rua 24 Horas;

2 - The sightseeing buses operates from 8:30 am to 5 pm, every 30 minutes (see timetable);

3 - Boarding passes can be purchased directly on buses, at any boarding point;

4 - The card is for individual use and reuse in the same vehicle can only be done after 30 (thirty) minutes;

5 - The Tourism Line boarding pass payment method is only in cash.

6 - Children up to 5 years old do not pay the fare (normal fare from 5 years old onwards);

7 - Only buses identified with a "Bicycle sticker" attached to the rear door have the possibility of transporting a bicycle;

8 - It will not be possible to complete the tour if you board the last bus schedule. Observe the bus display that indicates the time the vehicle stops operating when it arrives at Tiradentes Square.

9 - Pets are not allowed on the Tourism Line buses.

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1 - Rua das Flores

It is the first boardwalk in Brazil. For its vocation for commerce, services and cafes, it is considered a true open air mall. Highlight for Boca Maldita, a free platform where people meet to talk about the most diverse topics. Next to Rua das Flores is Luiz Xavier Avenue, the smallest in the world, and Palacio Avenida, where Christmas presentations are held.

Boarding place: Avenida Luiz Xavier, in front of Galeria Tijucas

2 - Rua 24 Horas

Inaugurated in 1991, 24 Hours Street became a point of reference and meeting place for those looking for good food, gifts, reading and leisure right in the city center. Remodeled, now the operation of most stores runs until 10 pm.

* Initial departure from Rua 24 Horas (Saturdays and Sundays)

Boarding place: Avenida Visconde de Nacar, s / n - Centro, in front of Rua 24 Horas.

3 - Rui Barbosa Square

It received its first urbanization in 1913. It is located in the center of Curitiba, it is a leisure space and an important connection center for public transport. The square houses the Central Market and is surrounded by historic buildings, such as the Santa Casa da Misericórdia hospital and the Bom Jesus Church. It’s named as a tribute to the most important Brazilian jurist, Ruy Barbosa, the Eagle of The Hague and patron of the Senate.

Boarding place: Rui Barbosa Square (in front of the Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital, next to the church)

4 - Railway Museum

The old train station building has undergone renovations and today houses the museum that tells the story of the construction of the railway that connects Paranaguá (a coastal city) to Curitiba. The museum is attached to the Estação Shopping Mall, where Dr. Botica's Puppet Theater and Regina Vogue Theater are located.

Boarding place: Access to Rockefeller Street, side of the mall

5 - Paiol Theater

The original construction, from 1906, was a powder magazine. It was restored and modified by the architect Abrão Assad, who kept the Roman architectural features in a circular shape. In 1971, it became an arena theater, a symbol of Curitiba's cultural change. The Paiol Theater opened with a show by Vinícius de Morais, Toquinho and Marília Medalha and won a song in his honor, “Paiol de Pólvora”, composed by Vinícius.

Boarding place: Rua Cel. Zacarias, in front of the theater

6 - Botanical Garden

The most visited attraction in Curitiba. In addition to the greenhouse reminiscent of the former Crystal Palace in London, the geometric gardens and the woods of native forest, the place houses the Botanical Museum, with species that are a national reference. The Museum also has space for exhibitions, a library and an auditorium. On site, it is also possible to visit the Jardim das Sensações, a 200-meter long trail that the visitor walks blindfolded, getting to know plants by touching them and some natural landscapes with other senses.

Boarding place: Rua Engº Ostoja Roguski, main entrance of the Botanical Garden

7 - Municipal Market / Organic Market

The Municipal Market is a shopping place with restaurants and stalls selling delicacies from different countries. The food court is shared with the new Organic Market, the first in Brazil, which sells certified food products and derivatives, free of pesticides and chemical additives and produced with environmental responsibility.

Boarding place: Sete de Setembro Avenue, in front of the Municipal Market

8 - Federal University of Paraná / Guaíra Theater

It is the first university in Brazil, founded in 1912 and considered a neoclassical architectural monument. On the other side of Santos Andrade Square is Guaíra Theater, one of the largest in Latin America. It was opened in 1884 in another place with another name. Rebuilt in 1952, it was only fully completed in the 1970s. It has three auditoriums, the largest of which has 2173 seats and a raised panel by Poty Lazzarotto at the main entrance.

Boarding place: Rua XV de Novembro, next to Teatro Guaíra

9 - Paço da Liberdade

Construction of 1916 with details in the neoclassical and art nouveau styles, former headquarters of Curitiba City Hall. It was restored, maintaining the original characteristics of the building. Inside it is possible to see samples of the original painting and parts of the water drainage system through glass floors (before the City Hall building, the place used to house the Municipal Market). Today it is a cultural space with a café, bookshop, library, auditorium and rooms for exhibitions, lectures and courses. It is listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute - IPHAN.

Boarding place: Rua Riachuelo, in front of Paço da Liberdade

10 - Public Promenade / Arab Memorial

The Passeio Público, inaugurated in 1886, was the first urban park and also the first major sanitation project in the city. The pond that was on the site was transformed into a leisure space, with lakes, bridges and islands in the middle of the green. The pioneering zoo in Curitiba also operated there, which today is located in Iguaçu Park. Some small animals remain on the Passeio Público, to the delight of the children. Its gate is a copy of what exists in the Dog Cemetery in Paris.

The Arab Memorial, built in honor of Middle Eastern culture, functions as a specialized library. Elements such as the vault, the columns, the arches and the stained glass windows refer to the Moorish buildings. The interior of the building houses a sculpture of the writer Gibran Khalil Gibran.

Boarding place: Gibran Khalil Gibran Square, next to the Arab Memorial

11 - Civic Center

Seat of the three powers of the State – Legislative, Judicial and Executive -, it was implanted in 1953, in the Centenary of Political Emancipation of Paraná. Next is the current headquarters of the City Hall of Curitiba.

Boarding place: Rua Ernani Santiago de Oliveira, close to Curitiba City Hall

12 - John Paul II Woods / Polish Memorial

It was inaugurated on December 13, 1980, shortly after the visit of Pope John Paul II to Curitiba, in July of the same year. Its 46,000 m² area was part of the expropriation that involved the old Estearina candle factory. The seven log houses are a living reminder of the faith and struggle of Polish immigrants, containing objects such as the old wagon, the sour kite, cabbage and an image of the patron, the Black Virgin of Czestochowa. The picture of the patron saint is in the house blessed by the Pope, who served as a chapel on the day of his visit. In Curitiba, Polish immigration started in 1871.

Boarding place: Rua Mateus Leme, next to the Polish Portal

13 - Oscar Niemeyer Museum

MON, as it is known, is one of the largest museums in Latin America. Its collection of contemporary art houses more than 2,200 works by nationally and internationally recognized artists. Designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, its 35,000 m² structure stands out among 144,000 m² of green area. The complex is formed by the main building, designed in 1967, the new annex, designed in 2001 and inspired by the araucaria, a large pine tree and symbol of Paraná. The elliptical shape and glass walls of this new annex gave MON its affectionate and popular nickname “The Eye Museum”.

$ Visitation with admission fee, click here and see prices and opening hours. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Boarding place: Rua Manoel Eufrásio, next to the Oscar Niemeyer Museum

14 - German Woods

It is one of the most beautiful public spaces in the city. The woods pays homage to German immigrants and the legacy of German culture. A replica of an old Presbyterian church houses a musical concert hall. Other attractions are: the John and Mary trail, which tells the tale of the Brothers Grimm, a children's library, the Philosophers Tower, a wooden lookout that allows a panoramic view of the city and the Serra do Mar, and the Germanic Poetry Square, with the reproduction of the facade of Casa Mila, a Germanic building from the beginning of the century, originally located in the city center.

Boarding place: Rua Francisco Schafer, in front of the Germanic Poetry Square

15 - Bosque Zaninelli / Free University of the Environment

The Free University of the Environment, in the middle of the green of the Zaninelli Forest, made Curitiba the first city in the world to maintain a space for studies and transfer of knowledge to the population on the environment and ecology. The architectural project, executed with rustic materials, represents in form and colors the four elements of nature: earth, fire, water and air. It was created on June 5, 1991, occupying the current space - inaugurated by the French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau - since 1992.

Boarding place: Rua Victor Benato, in front of Bosque Zaninelli

16 - São Lourenço Park

The Park was created to repair the damage caused by the overflow of the São Lourenço dam, in the early 70s. Amid the greenery, an old glue and fertilizer factory was transformed into the Curitiba Creativity Center, where art courses take place, workshops and exhibitions, as well as presentations at the Cleon Jacques Theater. São Lourenço Park is perfect for walking, riding a roller cart and contemplating the native green area.

Boarding place: Rua Mateus Leme, 4556

17 - Wire Opera House / Paulo Leminski Quarry

With a tubular structure and transparent roof, the Opera de Arame is one of the emblematic symbols of Curitiba. Inaugurated in 1992, it hosts all kinds of shows, from popular to classic, and has a capacity for 1,572 spectators. Amid lakes, typical vegetation and waterfalls, it is part of Quarries Park together with Paulo Leminski Quarry, which since 1989 has been the setting for many great cultural events. The quarry can house 20,000 people outdoors.

$ Visitation with admission fee, click here and see prices and opening hours.

Boarding place: Rua João Gava, in front of the Wire Opera House

18 - Tanguá Park

Opened in 1996, it is part of the Barigui River preservation project, along with Tingui Park and Barigui Park. Two quarries stand out in the park, connected by a 45m tunnel *, which can be crossed on foot by a footbridge over the water. It has a jogging track, bike path, gazebo, cafeteria and the Poty Lazzarotto Garden. Considered one of the best places to enjoy the sunset in Curitiba.

* Those interested in taking the guided tour through the tunnel, called the Geological Laboratory of Tanguá Park, can register by e-mail: [email protected] (no appointment by phone). Visits take place on Saturdays at 9:30 am, lasting 1 hour and a half, with age classification for over 15 years.

19 - Tingui Park

Its name pays homage to the Indians of the Tingui tribe who inhabited the region. Created in 1994, it is located on the preservation strip next to the Barigui River.

Boarding place: Rua Melchiades Silveira do Valle, close to the entrance portal of Avenida Fredolin Wolf

20 - Ukrainian Memorial

The Ukrainian Memorial is a replica of the Church of São Miguel, located in Mallet, in the interior of the state. Its construction follows the norms of the orthodox religion: an octave dome covered with copper, faces representing the quadrants of human understanding, an altar facing east and a pine roof. It houses an exhibition of pessankas (ucranian hand painted eggs) and icons.

Boarding place: Dr. Mbá de Ferrante Street, in front of the Ukrainian Memorial

21 - Italian Portal

The Portal signals the entrance to the neighborhood of Santa Felicidade and reproduces the buildings typical of Italian immigration in the neighborhood.

Boarding place: Manoel Ribas Avenue, 2551, after the Italian Portal

22 - Santa Felicidade

Santa Felicidade is the first Italian colony in Curitiba, formed by immigrants from the Veneto region who arrived in Brazil in 1878. From its traditions were born the attractions that characterize the neighborhood, such as the large number of typical restaurants, the wineries and the shops of crafts and wicker furniture. The century-old church is a hallmark of Italian religiousness. A few blocks away is the Santa Felicidade Cemetery, with its unique pantheon consisting of 18 chapels in neoclassical style and listed by the Historical and Artistic Heritage. In the neighborhood, the Casa dos Gerânios, Casa dos Pintura, Casa das Arcos and Casa Culpi deserve to be highlighted for their architecture.

Intermediate stop in Santa Felicidade

♦ Central Region of the Santa Felicidade Gastronomic Pole (in front of the Sicilian Restaurant)

São José and Santa Felicidade Church (Wineries, Commerce and Restaurants)

Boarding place: Rua Santa Bertilla Boscardin, side street to the Church

23 - Barigui Park

Created in 1972, it has 1.4 million m² and is a refuge for several native and migratory animals. It is also the most frequented park by curitibanos, who find several leisure options there. It has barbecues, kiosks, bicycles and aeromodelling tracks, sports courts, gym equipment, parking, restaurant, Automobile Museum, Exhibition Park and Convention Center, Manoel Carlos Karam Reading House and Maria Fumaça Theater.

Boarding place: Avenida Cândido Hartmann, in front of the Automobile Museum

24 - Panoramic Tower

It was opened in 1991 and is a support for cellular telephony. The 109.5 meters high viewpoint allows a 360-degree view of the city and the contours of the Serra do Mar. On the floor, a raised map indicates important points of Curitiba. Poty Lazzarotto's panel, in turn, shows the development of the capital. At the entrance to the Tower is the Telephone Museum.

Boarding place: Rua Jacarezinho, next to the Panoramic Tower

25 - Historical Sector

An unmissable tour through places that reveal the past of the old Vila Nossa Senhora da Luz and preserve the memory of Curitiba. On the street with irregular stone paving are preserved houses, the churches of the Order and the Rosary, the old drinking fountain, the Curitiba Memorial, the Wolf Palace, the Garibaldi Society, the São Francisco Ruins and the Paranaense Museum. It is a meeting point for curitibanos at night, in its various bars, and on Sundays in the morning, when the traditional handicraft fair takes place, with more than a thousand artisans, from 9 am to 2 pm.

Boarding place: Praça Garibaldi, in front of Sociedade Garibaldi

26 - Tiradentes Square / Cathedral

It is the ground zero of the city. In 1889 it gained its current name: Tiradentes Square. In addition to a statue of the National Hero, two obelisks stand out on the spot. One marks the distances, another marks the presence of the Portuguese. The glass floor allows you to observe the old pavement of the Square, revealed during the renovation carried out on the site in 2008. The Square also houses the Minor Basilica Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais, with more than one hundred years old. In neo-Gothic style, it reveres the patron saint of Curitiba.

Boarding place: Tiradentes Square, near the Cathedral

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