"Curitiba - Brazil´s model of progression." Curitiba by skullcrusher
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Curitiba is a Brazilian city that has been lauded for it's city planning and progressive foresight for future developement. Compared to most South American cities, it's a relatively clean, organized city with good parks, intriguing monuments, and an effecient bus transit system.
Many Brazilians that live in this part of the country are of Italian, Germany, Ukranian, and some are even of Japanese decent. This might be why as I roam the city it seems to have a somewhat ``European´´ feel to it. But at the same time you know that you´re definitely in Brazil with the same general warmness and hospitality that I´ve come to love.
It´s also an artsy town with more than a few good museums and the planners of the city did a great job of preserving the old colonial buildings and the famous Portuguese stonework. The town can´t boast of a beach, however, good beaches aren´t too far away on the island of Ilha do Mel and further south in Florianopolis. Plus, if you like to roam in the forest then you can take the train to the Parque Estadual Marumbi were there are some good hikes.
There´s an excellent bus tour called the "Linha Turismo" that will take you to many of the city´s top sights. I especially liked the Jardim Botãnico, the Bosque Aleaõ and Parque Tanguá. I only wish you were allowed more stops per trip. An interesting museum you might like to visit is the Museu Oscar Niemeyer which has some unique architectural designs and the building itself is a sight to behold. The Museu de Art Contemparia has a small amount of thought-provoking modern art.
For a good workout at reasonable prices a great gym is:
Academia Physical Sport - Al. Dr Muricy, 706; 2nd floor
Daily rate = R$15; Weekly rate = R$45
It´s a good gym with a wide selection of machine & free weights in the heart of downtown Curitiba.
There´s another gym called Planet Gym on Praça Tiradentes. Yes, there are many, many other options. There are some work-out stations at the Passeio Publico in Centro and if you want to go for a jog/run then any one of the many open green areas & parks will do.
For shopping and having a little snack, the Estacion Plaza is a popular place to hang-out and is a place where local artists sell their work. On Sundays at the Largo de Ordem, in the historic part of town, they have a large fair were you can purchase all sorts of items. The pedestrian street of Rua das Flores is also popular of people walking around, buying stuff, and grabbing a snack/drink. Also, the Largo de Ordem is a good place for nightlife with quite a few bars, clubs, pubs - more debauched forms of entertainment (eg, stripclubs) are situated closeby.
Rua 24 Horas (24 Hour Street) has some places to eat, good bookstores, and a very helpful tourist information office (usually there´s at least one person there who speaks English). As the name implies, Rua 24 Horas is open to the public 24 hours a day - but keep in mind that not all the businesses there are open continously. A nice area of town to have a nice meal is in the traditionally Italian barrio of Santa Felicidade. Obviously a good place to sample some Italian food.
Curitiba is known as the one of the coolest (in terms of temperature) cities in Brazil - but that´s not saying very much. I still consider it pretty darn warm at times. It´s a very pleasant city to spend a few days in and is cleaner and more organized than most Brazilian towns. The people who designed this city made a point to create an environment with various cultural and artistic impressions. Sure, it doesn´t possess the sexiness of Rio nor the energy of São Paulo, but it is a nice place with mellow people and is definitely safer than most Brazilian cities of it´s size.
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