Curitiba - Brazil
#Curitiba is the capital and largest city of the state of Paraná, in the south of #Brazil. It is considered one of the best places to live in Brazil, if not in South America, because of its great infrastructure. Although Curitiba is not a tourist destination as popular as Rio for foreigners, it has been increasingly surprising travellers from all over the world.
A progressive, green city
Curitiba is an ultra-modern city with a population approaching two million. It is always referred to as the "most livable" city in Brazil because of its many enviable amount of green space, among other reasons. There are numerous parks and “Woods" in Curitiba, a great option for a stroll and to relax and locals enjoy a lot the green areas of Curitiba .
Curitiba’s reputation as a flower and garden city owes a debt to the magnificent Jardim Botânico Francisca Maria Garfunkel Richbieter. The facility’s Crystal Palace-like greenhouse is probably the most famous modern landmark in the city. On the gorgeous campus of the Federal University of Paraná, the enormous garden complex has waterfalls, lakes, fountains and needless to say, a host of exotic plants and trees to admire. (source: Rates to Go)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Curitiba’s MuMa, or Museu Metropolitano de Arte, is a grand colonial landmark which contains works by Brazilian masters like Portinari, Di Cavalcanti and Burle Marx.
Oscar Niemeyer Museum
The newest museum in Curitiba, opened in 2002, the Oscar Niemeyer Museum was designed by the famous architect himself and has all the master’s trademark signatures.
The Wire Opera House
The Ópera de Arame (known in English as the Wire Opera House because of its shell of glass and steel tubing), is another tourist attraction worth visiting. It was opened in 1992 in the Pedreiras Park and can host 2,400 spectators.
Iguaçu Park and Zoo
Curitiba’s Iguaçu Park and Zoo does not match the impressive awe of the Iguaçu Falls but still is as worthwhile attraction.
A lot of people come through Curitiba on the way to or from Iguaçu National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous falls, which Brazil and Argentina both share, lay partly in the state of Paraná.
OI/Brasil Telecom Tower
Visiting the OI/Brasil Telecom Tower is worthwhile. The tower has more than 100 meters , where you can have an amazing panoramic view of Curitiba
German Wood celebrates the traditions of the city’s proud German immigrants.
Arena da Baixada Stadium
Curitiba hosted soccer matches in the 1950 World Cup and will now be of the 12 host cities in the 2014 World Cup. The city of Curitiba has two major soccer teams, Coritiba and Atlético Paranaense, owner of the Arena da Baixada Stadium. The Arena has had the reputation of being one of Brazil’s most modern and well-appointed stadiums since its opening in 1999. Following a series of renovations, the stadium will host four fixtures in the 2014 World Cup.
Curitiba is located 1 hour and 20 minutes from Rio de Janeiro and 30 minutes from São Paulo by plane.