Curitiba is the state capital of Parana and is one of the most liveable cities in Brazil. Curitiba has an abundance of parks, fountains, museums and other municipal buildings whilst the 300 year old Cidade Velha (the old city) is very well preserved. The city is also well known for its arts scene whilst having an excellent nightlife.
Situated at almost 1000 metres above sea level Curitiba has a very pleasant climate and during the Brazilian winter months of June to September can get surprisingly cold. The city is well known for the amount of green spaces and quality of life.
Curitiba is ideally located between Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo and Iguassu Falls and is well worth a couple of day’s stopover and also combines well with a visit to Florianopolis or Ilha do Mel. The city is famous worldwide for its urban transport system making getting around the city extremely easy and efficient by bus.
There is also a fabulous train journey linking Curitiba to the coast at Paranagua. The Serra Verde Express winds through the Atlantic rainforest stopping at the picturesque town of Morretes before finishing at the ocean and is a wonderful day trip for anyone visiting Curitiba.