Curitiba's Botanical Garden is one of the city's major tourist attractions, in the district of the same name. In 2007, it was chosen as one of the most beautiful sites in Brazil, named as one of the Seven Wonders of Brazil. The garden is home to numerous species of plants from all over Brazil and other countries. Inside, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the French-style garden.
This museum, opened in 2002, is the main museum in the city of Curitiba, and has more than 3,000 pieces of art, mostly by Brazilian artists. Admission is 4.00, and the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 6. The Curitiba bus tour has a stop at the museum, and it can easily be reached by public transport, as several buses pass it. Recommended.
The Barigi park is the most famous park in the city of Curitiba. It is very famous for crocodiles that inhabit the lake, and is popular in the late afternoon, when it fills up with joggers and other people exercising. During the weekend, the park is full, with people having barbecues, parents bringing their children to play, and young people coming for a beer with their friends. I don't think it's the most beautiful park in Curitiba, but it's worth visiting.
Created in honour of Pope John Paul II, the Pope Woods are one of the most important parks in Curitiba. This site is dedicated to Polish immigration, where every year several Polish festivals are celebrated. There's a shop inside where you can taste Polish dishes. Highly recommended.
Opened in 1992, and designed by architect Dominic Bongestabs, the Opera is another tourist attraction in Curitiba. Here you can see the harmony between man made work and nature. The theatre hosts performances, and was built in steel and transparent polycarbonate casing. Important note for women: avoid heels and skirts.
The Free University of the Environment is one of the most beautiful places in the city of Curitiba. Opened in 1992, it is surrounded by a large forest, and operates a quarry. To reach the university, you'll need to walk for about 5 minutes; the road is beautiful. It was built with the intention of being a benchmark in the study of environmental conservation and sustainability. As such, it has an ampitheatre, a lake, and a wooden tower which you can climb and enjoy really wonderful views. Admission and parking is free.
There is a lot of spots to stop your car and take photos, spots to buy something to eat in the little snack bar.
The final destination is Morretes, a small town where you can eat barreado, a local meal prepared with red meat and served with bananas.
This is one of the best train journeys that you can take in Brazil, rich in history and containing some very interesting details. The most popular route is from Curitiba to Morretes, which I was lucky enough to do in the cockpit. But there are several options, too, including economy and business class. The evening trip is in the style of the Orient Express, and you can enjoy several sections of Atlantic forest, and if you're lucky, a blue jay, the state symbol. I took the trip during the late spring, but the best time is between autumn and winter, when the days are dry and clear. Try to book a seat on the left side, for the best views.
After a Saturday in Curitiba, you can spend Sunday here. The fair was established in 1971, and nowadays has more than 1,000 stalls and receives an average of 15,000 visitors every Sunday. All kinds of crafts are sold, with artists and artisans sharing the same space. It's a warm, cultural place. For lunch you can have a cake or some popcorn, or try some sugarcane juice or coconut water. And the streets around the fair are worth a walk too, with their well-preserved vintage cars. Around the area you can find the Muslim Charitable Society, the Curitaba Memorial Church, and a couple of other museums. A great place to go on a Sunday morning!
Parana is the state in Brazil with the second largest Japanese population. You can see this in the city of Curitiba, with the Japanese square, complete with architecture of that country. The most prominent thing to see are the gardens, with cherry trees and a Buddha. I was in Japan recently, and even after going to that country, I was impressed by what I saw in Curitiba. A great place to go if you want to relax and enjoy the evening. They have traditional festivals throughout the year, offering Japanese food. On Thursdays they hold traditional tea ceremonies. The square is located at the end of the Agua Verde neighbourhood, bordering the famous nightlife area of Batel. Recommended.
The Paiol Theatre is the most beautiful theatre in the entire city of Curitiba. It was inaugurated in 1972. Nowadays, it has a stage with a diameter of 5m, and an audience of just over 200 people for each show. You can enter the theatre for free to enjoy a quick tour, or you can check the cultural calendar to see if there are any shows coming up. Local bands often perform here. The tourist bus stops here, and regular buses also service it; there's a direct connection from the airport. It's worth visiting, even if just to admire the building.
Previously known as the Telepar Tower, this tower has the best view in town. From up here you can see the whole city. The tower is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 7. Admission is 3.50, or half-price for children between 5 and 9 and the elderly. There's a tourist bus with stops here, but there are also plenty of other public transport options. Tip: keep an eye on the weather. If it's foggy, don't bother!
You will find the city center of Curitiba located in the Largo of the Order. It has been officially named as the Largo Coronel Enas since 1917, in honor of Colonel Benedict Enas de Paula. In the eighteenth century it was named Pteo Our Lady of Tero and was renamed pteo of So Francisco das Chagas. Today, despite its official name, it is widely known as Largo de la Orden. There it is also possible to visit the Church of the Third Order of So Francisco das Chagas; built in the year 1934, the first Independent Presbyterian Church in Curitiba. Also located in Praa Garibaldi; the Rosary Church, built in the year 1946, in Baroque style, the site of the old church in 1737; and Rosario Solar, one Casaro centenary Sirvi residence of family Paula France in the decade of 1890 (now a cultural center).
In several parts of the city of Curitiba, you can see monuments in honour of various ethnic groups that have helped shape the identity of the city. Tingui is the Ukrainian park, with a monument dating from 1995, that consists of a portal with a steeple and a replica of Brazil's oldest Ukrainian church, San Miguel Archangel (in the city of Mallet, Parana). Inside the church you can see the traditional painted Easter eggs and Ukrainian embroidery. There's a small shop selling handmade goods. The memorial is open in the afternoons.
A puppet theatre, but with incredible quality! I had the pleasure of finding it when I was looking for an interesting place to take my nephews on a rainy weekend in Curitiba. It turned out to be perfect! The theatre is easy to find, on the first floor of the shopping centre. The perfect place to take the kids; about five minutes before the start of the show, they open windows, and begin a free, small presentation for the waiting audience. The best recommendation that I can give: my nephews loved it!
Rua das Flores is in the centre of Curitiba. It is a pedestrian street that dates back to 1972. Its main features are the flowerbeds planted along its length, in addition to the old buildings, and the famous old cable car parked in the middle. You can also see musicians and street performers. There are plenty of nice bars where you can enjoy a snack or some delicious ice cream.
So, you've booked your tickets but still don't know what to do in Curitiba. Well, don't worry. Minube will help you find all the best stuff to do in Curitiba, all recommended by real travelers who've been there before!
Among the many places to visit in Curitiba, the parks and gardens have a special place. Botanical Garden of Curitiba is home to a massive variety of local and international specimens and its metal and glass conservatory is one of the most beautiful and interesting things to do in Curitiba. Other parks in the city include Barigui Park, Barreirinha Park, Passouna Park, Portugal Forest, the Pope Woods (an homage to the city's Polish population) and the German Forest.
The Oscar Niemeyer Museum is another of the must-see attractions in Curitiba and has become a symbol of the city. Its modern and imposing structure houses the best collection of modern art in the city. Other galleries to visit are the Paranaense Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Arame Opera is also one of the most interesting things to see in Curitiba. It's a theater built on an artificial lake with a transparent stage.
One of most popular Curitiba activities among locals is heading to the Barrio de Santa Felicidade for some local home-cooking. The Old Italian neighborhood is now a lively district full of bars and restaurants where you can rest and recover after a day of visiting the city. So whether you'll be spending one day in the city or an entire week, you'll find a whole host of interesting Curitiba attractions to keep you busy.