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Curitiba Travel Guide



Curitiba Travel Guide View large version Curitiba city is the capital of Paraná State in Brazil and boasts the largest economy and population not only in the state, but also the whole of Southern Brazil. There are different theories about what its name means. One suggests that it is made of Tupi words "kurí" and "tyba" that mean "many pine seeds" as the Paraná pines found here contain many seeds. Anther theory is that the name is actually a combination of the Tupi words "kurit" and "yba" which could translate to "large amount of pine trees."

Originally, the Portuguese established a village here that they called "Vila da Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais," but in 1721 that name was changed to Curitiba. Established as an official town in 1812, there were disputes as to whether the town was to be spelled as Curityba or Coritiba. In 1919, a state decree resolved that it would be spelled as Curitiba.

Here are some of the highlights enjoyed by travelers to Curitiba:

Botanic Gardens

These gardens are the city's trademark and a center of interest for worldwide research studies. A breathtaking carpet of flowers welcomes guests at the entrance. A water fountain and some botanic species closely associated with the country are to be found in the metal greenhouse. Visitors can also take strolls in the native forest on one of the many paths.

German Woods

This native forest covers some 38,000 square meters and contains several features that help to promote and celebrate German traditions. There is a replica of a wooden church with neo-gothic decorations that was constructed in 1933 that houses a concert hall known as Bach's Oratorium.

There is also a wooden observatory from where you will have some of the best views of the city. Other features found here include the German Poetry Square, the Philosophers Tower, a children's library, and John & Mary path.

Italian Woods

Various Italian parties such as the 4 Giorni, the Wine Party, and the Grape Party are held in the Italian Woods. It has an area where shows are held as well as drink stalls and food structures among others.

Japan Square

Here, homage is paid to the Japanese immigrants who came here for agricultural pursuits. There are artificial lakes and cherry trees that were brought form Japan. The Tea House, Culture House, and Japanese Portal were constructed in 1993.

Tingüi Park

Among the things you will see here is a statue of a Tindiqüera Chieftain that pays tribute to the Indian communities that lived here in the early years. There is also a Ukrainian Memorial.

Tanguá Park

This park is a remarkable demonstration of how urban space can be converted into great use. It features two quarries connected by a tunnel that stretches for 45 meters. The entire park covers about 450,000 square meters.

Other special attractions include Portugal Wood, Wire Opera House, and Curitiba International Ecological Marathon.



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