"Once Famous for Coffee" Londrina by glabah

Londrina Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 106 photos

My primary involvement in Londrina has been with missionary agencies with headquarters there. I have worked with people from at least three different offices in this city: OMS International, which also has a seminary here, as well as the Africa Inland Mission (MIAFI in Portuguese) and during 2000 at least one office of YWAM (Youth With a Mission - JOCUM in Portuguese) was also located here.

The city was formed in the 1930s, when a huge immigration rush was on and many of the new farmers turned to growing coffee. Eventually, coffee became the symbol for Londrina.

However, today coffee is only one of many crops grown in the area, and the city has a number of small manufacturing facilities and other economic pieces that hold it together.

Londrina is not a major tourist destination. It is a commercial center. It does have several nice parks.

Lake Igapo Park is a narrow park along a lake on the south side of the city. (There are actually four Lake Igapos)

Arthur Thomas Park has lake space (there is a small lake there) but it is possible to rent pedal powered paddle boats for the lake. The forest area around the lake is apparently native forest habitat of the region.

The Zerao (huge zero) is a jogging path with a playground, basketball courts, and other sports related items in the center part of the track. Yes, of course (this IS Brazil) one of the items included is an area for Futebol (soccer).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Most everything within walking distance in downtown. Nice size intermediate sized city.
  • Cons:No really huge tourst attractions here. Growing crime problem.
  • In a nutshell:No really huge tourst attractions here, but a number of smaller items could be of interest.
  • Last visit to Londrina: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 17, 2011
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