Monthly Archives: June 2009

What do travelers and visitors say about Curitiba and Ilha do Mel ???

Nowadays, the Internet has been really important and helpful for the development and evolution of the tourism activity. The Internet trough websites, blogs, social networking sites and many others, allows travelers and people from all over the World to share their personal experiences, watch videos, look at pictures and get information in pretty much everything  that they look for and need to plan a trip like: book hotels, tours, plane tickets, car rentals, weather and all that…making the trip planning a lot more easier and faster.

We can also note that travelers and costumers have been more influinced for this kinds of information and are searching for these informal information firstly, instead of going to search for the formal information, in case, the travel agencies.

Following this tendency, caring about our destination and the quality of information about the state of Paraná, we select few articles and reviews about Curitiba and Ilha do Mel that travelers have posted on the Internet. You can take a look and get some extra information that the formal information does not give you.

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

The article “Surprise yourself in Curitiba” and “Curitiba Background” are great articles written by a Tripadivsor members.

Here you can read an article written by Ken Conrad, albeit a senior citizen and returning student at California State University Northridge.

About the famous Ilha do Mel or Honey Island, we recomend you to read

Honey Island

Ilha do Mel, Paraná - Brazil

some reviews also posted in the Tripadvisor, the article “Curitiba Honey Island” and the “Must-dos list at Ilha do Mel” .

If you are planning on comming, I hope this post helps you and bring you to this awesome region of Brazil. For those who never tought about coming visit the state of Paraná in Brazil, I really hope that this post can change your mind and you are very welcome and you guys will not regret. For those of you that live here, all I want to say is that we are all very lucky and let’s keep the good job. Finally, for you that have been in Curitiba and Ilha do Mel, please share your experience with us…

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We live and work in Curitiba, the city we love. Find useful information about some wonderful places in Paraná and things that are happening here. You can contact us sending an e-mail to info@discover-parana.com.br.

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Curitiba’s Bus System

Curitiba became very famous because it’s grate urban planning and transportation system. Nowdays, the city is world reference model of urban planning and transportation system. 

For more information and learning about it you can read the article “Curitiba’s Bus System is Model for Rapid Transport” published in the magazine “Race, Poverty & The Enviroment” written by Joseph Goodman, Melissa Laube and Judith Schwenk. You can also watch a video made by the Curitiba Cityhall and the trailer of the documentary “A Convenient Truth: Urban solutions from Curitiba, Brazil”.

Curitiba's Bus System

Curitiba's Bus System

Also, check out the tour “Curitiba like locals: Urban Planing”, a  private tour where you can get the chance to see how locals use the great Curitibas’s public transportation system  and also get more information about how Curitiba developed it in the last decades. Well recomended!

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Preview of Curitiba

Aiming on giving a great first impression of Curitiba,  we selected few videos where you can watch and see a little bit of the city. We hope you like it and visit this fabulous city.

Video: Curitiba – The best city for conferences and meetings

Video: Visit Curiba I

Video: Visit Curitiba II

To watch more videos about Curitiba, click here!

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Curitiba, one of the host cities for the the 2014 World Cup in Brazil!

                                                                                                                   
Curitiba official logo for the 2014 World Cup
Curitiba official logo for the 2014 World Cup

On May 31st, FIFA confirmed that Curitiba will be one of the 12 host cities for the 2014 World Cup that will be held in Brazil. The other cities are Porto Alegre (South); São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte (Southeast); Natal, Recife, Fortaleza and Salvador (Northeast); Cuiabá and Brasília (Center-west); and Manaus (North).

Competing with the city of Florianópolis, according to Beto Richa, the mayor of Curitiba, the city was chosen for having one of the best technical infrastructures among the other candidate cities and also the excellent project presented to CBF (Brazilian Confederation of Soccer) and FIFA (International Federation of Soccer), responsible for the organization of the world championship. “The project will guarantee the choice and arrival of investments that will bring permanent benefits for the city, besides heating the economy during the event.” said the mayor.

The expectation is very big and we believe that it will reach several cities in the Paraná state. Cities like Londrina, Maringá, Foz do Iguaçu and Paranaguá hope to receive tourists and even to accommodate teams that will be disputing the world championship.

Curitiba has also a project to be the 2014 World Cup Communication Center.

The game in Curitiba will be held at Arena da Baixada (Atlético Paranaense’s Stadium). The soccer club is already ready to begin the constructions to adapt the stadium in agreement with the FIFA norms in relation  to safety, comfort, covering, illumination, parking lot area, people’s flow in the entrance and exit, etc.

The city will also need improvements and investments like new road connections, improvements in the collective public transportation, sporting infrastructure, accessibility and urban mobility, investments in ports and airports, public safety, environment, health, sanitation, energy and hotels. Curitiba has around160 hotels and 13.000 rooms and the plan is to increase this projection to 184 hotels and 15.000 rooms until 2014. About 47% of these lodging options are located around 2 kilometers of the Arena da Baixada Stadium.

Curitiba wants to do a lot more than host the event. The city is working really hard to create and offer excellent conditions to receive the tourists that will come to Brazil to watch the games.

According to the Tourism Minister, Luiz Barretto, “Curitiba wants to realize an exemplary World Cup, not thinking only about the sports scene but also in tourism and receptivity scene. This objective is really important because we have the World Cup inside and out of the stadiums. A great World Cup must leave the tourists a sensation that they saw a lot, but not everything. In other words, we want them to leave Brazil already planning on coming back to the country and Curitiba is working for this.”

Nowadays, Paraná receives 8,5 million people per year. In 2007, Curitiba received 2,3 million tourists.

Click here and watch the video “Curitiba – Ready for the FIFA World Cup 2014”

For more details about Curitiba and Paraná state you can check: http://www.curitiba-travel.com.br, http://www.ilhadomel-travel.com.br, http://www.morretes-antonina.com.br, http://www.superagui-travel.com.br and www.turismo.gov.br.

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