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“Innovative Solutions for Public Transport; Curitiba, Brazil” By Lars Friberg

Great article written by Lars Friberg, from the Uppsala University (Sweden)

ABSTRACT:

Curitiba, capital of the Brazilian state Paraná 400km south east of São Paulo has over the last 30 years developed a non subsidiside, private owned, public transport system. Today it stands as a model recognized internationally. In sightful, long term planning with several innovative solutions has provided the citizens with an effective system that gives priority to public instead of private transport. It has the highest user rates of all state Brazilian capitals, 75% of all weekday commuters. All this during an unprecedented city growth.

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Curitiba's public transportation system

Curitiba's public transportation 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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Surprise Yourself in Curitiba, Brazil

By Guilherme Mendes Thomaz@guimendesthomaz

Thinking about Brazil, Curitiba is not the first thing that comes in mind. The city has been surprising travelers from all over the world and is becoming popular over the years. Once in Brazil you can’t leave without going to Curitiba.

Ilha do Mel Farol

Ilha do Mel's light house

Curitiba is the capital city of Parana State, located 1 hour and 20 minutes from Rio de Janeiro and only 30 minutes from São Paulo by plane. The city is considered one of the best places to live in Brazil because of its great infrastructure. Doesn’t matter what your looking for, Curitiba is an awesome city for everyone and has a lot of interesting things to do/see like famous parks, museums, night clubs, restaurants, bars, soccer stadiums, squares, buildings, etc. There are also a lot of touristic attractions around the city like famous islands (Ilha do Mel and Ilha de Superagui), historic cities like Morretes, Antonina, Castro, etc.

First of all, Curitiba has a really fun and exciting nightlife, with plenty options of bars, nightclubs, pubs where the partying doesn’t stop until 5 or 6 in the morning. This added to the Brazilian partying and entertainer spirit, guarantee the night. Curitiba has also great options of restaurants that serve really good food and most of them are cheap. Besides the Brazilian stake houses as known as “Churrascarias” and typical Brazilian restaurants, the gastronomy in Curitiba is a synthesis of habits and cultures. Italian, Arabs, Poles, Germans, Portuguese, Japanese among many other, brought their habits, traditions and culinary to the city. However, since you’re in Brazil you must prove the delicious local culinary.

logo curitiba cidade sede fifa world cup 2014The city has three soccer teams. Atlético Paranaense plays the 1st division of the Brazilian Championship and Coritiba and Paraná play on the 2nd division. Watching soccer games is a really interesting and exciting experience in Curitiba, especially at Atlético’s stadium called “Arena da Baixada”. The stadium was selected to be one of the headquarters stadiums for the FIFA World Cup in 2014. At the stadiums you can feel the energy and passion that the Brazilians have for soccer and their teams.

Curitiba has so many tourist attractions. However, the highlights are Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden), the handcrafts market at Largo da Ordem, Oscar Niemeyer MuseumÓpera de Arame (Wire Opera House), Largo da Ordem (Old town), Tanguá Park, Barigui Park, Brasil Telecom/OI’s Tower, Passeio Público and the historical building of the Federal University of Paraná.

JardimnBotanico Curitiba Botanical Garden

The Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden of Curitiba) is modeled like the French Gardens is a great place to go stroll and relax. The parks are also a great option for that and locals enjoy a lot the green areas of Curitiba .

Feirinha do Largo da OrdemThe Feirinha do Largo da Ordem (handcrafts market) happens every Sunday at Largo da Ordem. At the market you can find local handcrafts and all kinds of food. Most tourists really like the fresh pastéis, caldo-de-cana (sugar cane juice), bolinho de bacalhau.

Museu Oscar Niemeyer - Oscar Niemeyer MuseumThere are always exhibitions of famous artists at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum . The museum was drawn by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and it’s architecture impress everyone that pass by the local. On the field behind the museum, on Saturday the kids practice football (yes…American footbal, NOT soccer) and on Sunday a lot of people go to the field to play with their dogs.

Visit the Torre da OI/Brasil Telecom is worthwhile. The tower has more than 100 meters , where you can have an amazing panoramic view of Curitiba.

UFPR - Universidade Federal do Paraná

At Praça Santos Andrade, located in downtown you can check the Teatro Guaíra and the beautiful building of the Federal University of Paraná , the first university in Brazil.

The Tourism Line in Curitiba is a great option for tourists. For R$20.00, the bus line pass by the main tourist attractions in Curitiba and gives you the option to stop off at three points of your choice. The buses circulate every 30 minutes, in an approximately 45 km trip that takes around 2.5 hours to complete.
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The famous Litorina train tour from Curitiba to Morretes...

Once in Curitiba , the train tour to Morretes becomes a “must do”. The construction of the railroad in 1880 was one of the big challenges of that time for engineers. The track starts in Curitiba at 934 m above the sea and goes until Morretes just a few meters above sea level. It is one of the most impressive train rides of the world because of the tropical vegetation of the Atlantic Rain Forest , breathtaking bridges, turns and gorgeous landscapes.

This is just a really short description about Curitiba. For more information web sites like Descubra Curitiba and Viaje Curitiba are really helpful to tourists, however, they are in Portuguese. For english speakers  here you can find general and complete information in english about Curitiba and surrounding areas.

From:  Traveler article on Trip Advisor.

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Curitiba Launches Six New Tours!

By Guilherme Mendes Thomaz@guimendesthomaz

Curitiba has definitively confirmed itself as a important tourist region and city, with options for everyone. The Núcleo de Turismo Receptivo (Receptive Tourism Nucleus) of the city, organized by the Sebrae/PR in partnership with the Tourism Institute of Curitiba, launched six new specific tours in the capital of Paraná state, Brazil.

In agreement with the Sebrae/PR consultant and manager of the tourism project, Patricia Albanez, everyone that is direct and indirectly involved with the tourism in Curitiba need to know about these new products. “They are differentiated and attractive scripts, that privilege tourism attractions that are barely awarded in the traditional tourist packages of Curitiba. Moreover, these new tours are relatively fast and can be added in the routine of people who come to Curitiba for business, work, events or leisure.”

Innovative Tourism

Patrician Albanez affirms that the reason of creating and divulging these innovative tours in Curitiba aim to provides the tourist the “experience economy”, where tourists can get the chance to live the city deeply and see it in different forms. The capital of Paraná also becomes a highlight touristic city in southern Brazil.

“The Núcleo de Turismo Receptivo’s project exists since last year and its main objective is to organize and foment the receptive travel agencies of the city, assisting them on businesses diversification and qualification. The Nucleo is composed by 9 specialized companies that are innovating the tourism activity in the city, demonstrating a great associativism “, evaluate the consultant.

THE NEW TOURS IN CURITIBA:

“Caminhando por Curitiba – Curitiba Walking Tour” Special Paraná Turismo & Eventos
This tour is basically a fun and exciting stroll around Curitiba downtown to learn the history and culture of Curitiba. In a approximately 5 kilometers walk will take the tourist to streets and tourist attractions, accompanied by anecdotes and curiosities of the last 350 years of the city. You will also get to see many awesome images of the old Curitiba and see what the city looked like hundreds of years ago.

Visited places:
– Tiradentes Square (Cathedral)
– Largo da Ordem (Ordem Church, Rosario Church, Flores Square)
– Belvedere and São Francisco Ruins
– Solar do Barão
– 19 de dezembro Square
– Arab Memorial
– Passeio Público
– Santos Andrade Square (Teatro Guaíra and University)
– Eufrásio Correia Square (old Train Station)
– Barão do Rio Branco Street
– Marechal Deodoro Street
– Zacarias Square
– Boca Maldita and Osório Square
– Pedestrian area
– Paço da Liberdade

Included in the price:
– Local guide (Portuguese, English, German, French and Italian available)
– Bus ticket

Departure time: Monday trough Saturday (9h and 14h) – between 2 and 10 participants.

BOOK “CURITIBA WALKING TOUR” ONLINE NOW!

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“De Bar em Bar – From Bar to Bar” – MMS Turismo
This tour is perfect and made specially for visitors that loves to make new friendships and wants to know and experience the best bars of Curitiba. In this tour you will go to three or four bars in the same night, guaranteed sit in one of the best tables, beyond an amused and pleasant night. Duration: 4 hours.

Departure time: Monday trough Sunday at 20h.

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Passeio de Compras em Curitiba – Shopping in Curitiba” – ONETUR
This tour will take to go shopping in Curitiba. You will visit malls, shops, outlets and commercial centers of Curitiba, where you can buy many things like clothes of famous national and internationally brands, artisan clothes, mineral rocks, souvenirs, etc.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours
Departure time: Monday trough Friday at 14h.

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Caminhos da Arte Paranaense Paranaense Art Road” – Sermann Turismo
In this tour you will walk around 5 kilometers in approximately 4 hours stroll by the heart of the city to see art works of the city made by the most famous artists Paraná state like Poty Lazzarotto, João Turin, Oscar Niemeyer, etc. This tour will show you the essence of the local art, well known for its multiple languages as painting, sculpture, mosaic, architecture and design.

Departure time: Tuesday trough Saturday at 9h.

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“Curitiba Multicultural” – BWT
Curitiba is fruit of the immigrants’ efforts that, in the XIX century, had chosen the city as its safe port. In a 3 hours stroll you will get to see multiple ethnic marks and the most cultural beauties of the city like the Arab Memorial, Muslim Mosque, Japanese Memorial, Pope Woods, German Woods, the famous Italian neighborhood Santa Felicidade and Tingui Park.

Departure time: Daily (9h and 14h) – minimum of two participants.

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“Esporte Tur em Curitiba – Sport Tur in Curitiba” – Kallisté Turismo
This tour is a great option for visitors who appreciates sports.  Trough a guided visit, this tour will take you at soccer stadiums, the Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba and skate parks of Curitiba.

Duration: 3h30 (approximately)
Departure time: Tuesdays and Fridays – minimum of two participants.

Click here to check other tours in Curitiba and surrounding areas!

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“Curitiba: A green miracle in a developing country” By Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez

Developed and developing nations are being challenged more than ever to provide a good quality of life for their inhabitants while coping with population growth. Curitiba, the most environmentally friendly city in Brazil, is flourishing by meeting these needs. Through embracing sustainable development, it has become an important reference among these communities in terms of planning, public policies, and successful strategy implementation towards environmental sustainability. With 1.7 million residents, Curitiba has grown through calm, harmonic urban solutions that respect individuals and cultures and preserve the environment while sustaining its cosmopolitan cultural identity. This setting makes Curitiba an example for the rest of the world.

How Curitiba got there

Most of the policies that transformed Curitiba into a model of environmental sustainability were initiated by Jaime Lerner, Mayor of Curitiba during Brazil’s military regime in the late 1980s. He and a working team designed and implemented the urban master plan, which included integrated initiatives of green areas, waste recycling, and transportation projects. Today, the public transport system accommodates 2 million passengers daily and is the main source of transportation for 54 percent of the city. Most Curitiba citizens embrace the city’s commitment to environmental responsibility as part of their collective subconscious. The exhaustive marketing and educational campaigns that were carried out during the military regime have been maintained and reinforced during the democratic mandates that have followed. Citizens have incorporated environmental awareness as part of their lifestyle.

Curitiba started its green transformation with the development of an integrated plan for basic sanitation and environmental preservation. When in the early 1970s the United Nations declared that every urban inhabitant should have a minimum of twelve square meters of green area, Curitiba had only a half-square meter per inhabitant. The city implemented various strategic changes, and today the green area per inhabitant is fifty-one square meters. Through land expropriation, the city government offered new sport and leisure spaces while preventing illegal land occupation by those without explicit right to the property. They also created ponds and lakes by containing rainwater at a cost fifty times less than a typical channel network.

 These green areas are spread among thirty forests and parks that have become highly valued meeting points for the population. Several of them are allusive to important local history, honoring the arrival of immigrants and the native habitants, the Tingui Indians. Because immigration contributes to the multicultural accent and development of the region, Curitiba’s green spaces represent its culture with free public libraries of various languages and open spaces that host annual cultural and gastronomic celebrations. The authoritarian government, which reigned from 1964 to 1985, sustained Lerner’s foresight, but the successes of his administration ultimately led to his democratic reelection.

Additional projects improved the strategic use of the extensive green areas in an inclusive way. UNILIVRE, the free university for the environment, is the first of its kind in the Americas. UNILIVRE holds workshops for environmental awareness and education for people of all ages, backgrounds and socioeconomic conditions.

Keeping it clean through sustainable waste management

 A few of Curitiba’s most notable successes are its solid waste management and recycling programs. The city established an industrial landfill through a public-private partnership near the assigned industrial development area. At the landfill site, they neutralize toxic waste (such as batteries) and reuse other materials for cement production. Additionally, they collect and process cooking oil to be reused for soaps and fuel. Finally, they introduced a particular process for clinical and hospital waste to be sterilized before being sent to the organic landfills.

 Curitiba was the first city in the country to practice selective garbage collection by separating organic from inorganic waste. The municipal service collects an average of 1200 tons of organic waste and thirty tons of recyclable materials daily, and independent collectors gather an additional forty-five tons of recyclables daily. Through “Cambio Verde” (green exchange program) another thirteen-and-a-half tons are exchanged. This program exchanges four kilograms of recyclable material for one kilogram of food at over eighty-eight points in the city twice a week.

Recyclables are a profitable source of income not just for the lowest quintile of the local society, but also for the other stakeholders in the recycling system. The majority of the collected materials are donated to the Pro-Citizenship Institute (Instituto Pro Cidadania de Curitiba, or IPCC), a local NGO. IPPC separates, compacts, and sells the material to surrounding recycling factories, giving a source of income to over sixty employees.

Another group that benefits from municipal assistance with recyclable material are the “ecociudadanas” cooperatives. The city provides groups of twenty to twenty-five citizens, mostly women, with a physical space to keep, select, compress and sell the recyclable materials they collect. This system allows them able to double and sometimes triple their regular income while also obtaining healthcare, childcare, and education access for them and their children. As of July 2008 nine ecociudadano cooperative groups existed, and given their successes, the local government is continuously opening more.

Application to other cities

The most likely obstacles that other local governments will face while trying to integrate these policies in their municipalities are budget restrictions. Surprisingly, the expenses for such a progressive system are relatively limited. In 2006, expenditures for the Environmental Department represented just 1.4 percent of Curitiba’s annual budget. However, the annual expenditures for urban development and education were 39.8 percent and 18 percent of the annual budget for Curitiba, respectively. Sustainable planning requires a willingness to invest and cooperate with the private sector, and Curitiba demonstrates how this commitment efficiently promotes environmental preservation.

Curitiba is far from being an ecologic sanctuary, but the “green” attitude of Curitibans has taken them in a positive direction and has transformed the city into an important reference worldwide, inviting others to be creative and value citizens’ input as a priority for environmental conservation. Curitiba, along with other cities such as Portland, OR (USA), Geneva (Switzerland) and many others as in Germany and Sweden, is a living model for other cities that want to implement sustainable living policies. As a blossoming city in a developing country, Curitiba is an inspiration for other cities in this context to overcome economic resource constrains and address the same sustainable challenges.

Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez is a 2009 MPA Candidate in CIPA concentrating in environmental policy.

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

Click here to book this tour online! Check other Curitiba tours at www.curitiba-travel.com.br

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Barreado: The Famous Typical Dish of Paraná State!

By Guilherme Mendes Thomaz@guimendesthomaz

Barreado, a typical dish of Parana State, Brazil, is a slow-cooked meat stew prepared in a clay pot whose lid is sealed with a sort of clay made from wheat or cassava flour, hence the name (which means, literally, “muddied”).

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Barreado: the famous and tasty typical dish of Paraná State!

Morretes, Antonina and Paranagua, in Parana, dispute the title of  “who invented the Barreado”. In interviews to the Brazilian online magazine Globo Rural, locals from Morretes attribute the origin of Barreado to indigenous people, Paranaguá residents say it was created by the tropeiros, or donkey caravan tradesmen and in Antonina it is said that the famous dish was locally created during Carnival, as a hearty food that could be prepared slowly while everyone was partying.

The cooker is covered and then “barreada” (sealed) with a paste of ash and farinha (manioc flour), and then slowly cooked in a wood-fired oven for 12 to 18 hours.

Traditionally, Barreado is made of beef, bacon, tomatoes, onion, cumin and other spices, placed in successive layers in a large clay urn, covered and then “barreada” (sealed) with a paste of ash and farinha (manioc flour), and then slowly cooked in a wood-fired oven for 12 to 18 hours. This process which, in the past, was carried out in a hole in the ground, nowadays pressure cookers and gas or electric ovens are sometimes used (trough not by better restaurants).

The result is a perfect combination of flavors...

Barreado is served over cassava flour, with round banana slices and pepper. The meat juices are mixed with the flour to make pirão – a kind of gravy. To drink, Caçhaça is  traditionally served with barreado, resulting in a great and tasty combination.

In Paraná’s costal towns (specially Paranagua, Morretes and Antonina), Barreado in the region is equivalent of feijoada and it appears on most of restaurants’s menus. Though tasty enough, barreado is very heavy and a rather more appropriate dish for a chilly winter evening than for summer and Carnaval, as originally intended.

WHERE TO EAT THE BEST BARREADO:

The best restaurant to taste this delicious typical dish of Parana’s coast is at the restaurant “Casa do Barreado”, famous for its award-winning Barreado. The restaurant located in Paranaguá was voted Best of Parana by Guia Quatro Rodas for the tenth consecutive year. The restaurant opens every weekend and during weekdays, only by reservations!

Casa do Barreado – (41) 3423-1830 . Address : Rua José Antônio Cruz, 78 – Ponta do Caju
Paranaguá, PR – Brazil
Opening hours : 11:00h to 15:00h

WHERE ELSE TO EAT BARREADO:

MORRETES: Restaurante Ponte Velha (Rua Almirante Frederico de Oliveira, 13 – Phone: 41 3462-1674) [more restaurants in Morretes].

ANTONINA: Restaurante Buganvil’s (Rua Vale Porto, 10 – Phone: 41 3432-1434) [more restaurants in Antonina].

CURITIBA: Restaurante-Escola do Senac, every Thursday at lunch only! (Rua André de Barros, 750 – Centro / Phones: 41 3219-4853 , 3219-4854  or 3219-4855)   ) [more restaurants in Curitiba].

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Sweet and Natural as Honey: Brazil’s Ilha do Mel

By Maureen Valentine

This article was first published at the whl.travel blog, who have agreed to its republication here. View the original article on the whl.travel blog.

Found off the coast of southeast Brazil, Ilha do Mel, which means Honey Island, is about as far from life’s chaos as serene nature can get. Hikers, surfers, bird watchers, stargazers and nature lovers alike are in awe of all that this little Atlantic island has to offer. In fact, many agree that Brazil’s most pristine beaches are located right here, where, until the 1970s, the local economy was dominated by fishermen and the lack of traffic spared the land as an ecotourism haven.

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As Ilha do Mel is an island of fishermen, this colourful pier is always full of activity. Sampling the abundance of seafood available in the eateries from the daily catches is always a treat.

As Ilha do Mel is an island of fishermen, this colourful pier is always full of activity. Sampling the abundance of seafood available in the eateries from the daily catches is always a treat.

Ilha do Mel is hardly a mass tourism destination, which is one of the things the locals and visitors love about it. Recently reconnected with the mainland –  electricity was introduced in 1998, as were regular boat shuttles, water pipes and other eco-friendly amenities – the island today is fortunately still car-free, a sandy knot of trails crisscrossing an ecological reserve protected by strict regulations on guesthouses, restaurants, stores and tourism. Even better, one guiding principle on the island – a long-term one – is to preserve the environment in its unspoiled state.

Building and Supporting Sustainable Infrastructure

Ilha do Mel is a relative newcomer as a tourism destination and is actively fine-tuning its infrastructure. Efforts are also being made to educate local business owners about business improvement opportunities that tap into tourism as a force for long-term sustainability and an improved standard of living.

Boats are a common sight around this oddly shaped island, since they are the only form of motorised transport. Travellers must reach the island by boat and can walk its expanses, taking in all the magnificent views.

Ilha do Mel boats

Boats are a common sight around this oddly shaped island, since they are the only form of motorised transport. Travellers must reach the island by boat and can walk its expanses, taking in all the magnificent views.

Within this framework, some guidance is being offered by Discover Paraná, the whl.travel local connection on Ilha do Mel, in cooperation with Sebrae, a non-governmental organisation that contributes to the sustainable development of communities by offering to micro and small enterprises the conditions necessary for their survival.

“Our main focus on Ilha do Mel is to train the local guesthouse owners,” explained Bibiana from Discover Paraná. “Together with Sebrae, we take part in meetings. On these occasions we explain to entrepreneurs what the Internet is, how Internet bookings can help them, how they can reach clients, what clients expect from them etc. Building up the entrepreneurs we will build up the destination, as they will be more aware about what they can do. With this done, a change in the destination will be a natural process.”

One local guesthouse owner, Carlos, is a community leader and involved with many programs, like the Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Bem Receber‘, which educates and incentivises entrepreneurs to create and run projects relating to responsible tourism, including water and energy saving, staff education and training, waste recycling and more. As a result of his participation in this program, Carlos’ pousada, Enseada das Conchas, as well as another lodge called Fim da Trilha, have succeeded in reducing the accommodations’ waste production. Travellers staying in these inviting, locally owned Ilha do Mel hotels and guesthouses are rewarded with the knowledge that efforts are being made to minimise the environmental impact their stay is having on the surrounding gorgeous gardens.

Getting Practical

Ilha do Mel is accessible only by boat from Paranaguá or Pontal do Sul. From Pontal do Sul, the 30-minute service runs every hour in low season, every 30 minutes otherwise. Cars can be left in Pontal do Sul, in parking lots from which public transport buses easily reach the dock. After 5pm, private boat transport must be arranged.

From Paranaguá, boats depart for the 90-minute crossing two to five times per day, depending on the season. The boat owners are organised in an association and all tickets include the price of the return trip, as well as a nature conservation fee of approximately US$2 dollars. All passengers arriving from Pontal do Sul must produce a badge showing that the fee has been paid.

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This fortress was built by the Dutch in 1767 to ward off English buccaneers. Its whitewashed walls are quite a remarkable site and tourists are welcome to peruse the dark, dreary jail, which is quite a contrast to the beauty of the rest of the island.

Upon arrival at the island’s dock, several men wearing uniforms (t-shirts) wait to assist travellers with luggage. Their services are priced at fixed rates, depending on the location of the guesthouse; haggling is not usual in Brazil. These helpers are also organised in an association and only the next worker in line is able to take luggage, a very helpful service for guests who don’t know their way around the island and will have difficulty toting their bags through the sand.

Travellers who can get by with a little Portuguese will find that guesthouse owners are more than willing to lead personalised Ilha do Mel tours that bring to life their little paradise in the Atlantic. Others will simply take pleasure in exploring the bountiful jungle or strolling along pristine, sandy beaches. Surf enthusiasts will find all their needs met by Fernando (from Pousada Treze Luas) and Zeco (from Grajagan Surf Resort), experienced surf instructors with boards for rent or lessons to teach.

The local cuisine is all about fish and seafood. Try the best of it at Mar e Sol, where the ‘Prato Surfista’ is highly recommended.

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“The Road to Curitiba” by Arthur Lubow

We found a very interesting article about Curitiba and decided to share with you all trought our blog. The article “The Road to Curitiba” was written by Arthur Lubow and published by the famous “New York Times”  on May 20th, 2007.

“On Saturday mornings, children gather to paint and draw in the main downtown shopping street of Curitiba, in southern Brazil. More than just a charming tradition, the child’s play commemorates a key victory in a hard-fought, ongoing war. Back in 1972, the new mayor of the city, an architect and urban planner named Jaime Lerner, ordered a lightning transformation of six blocks of the street into a pedestrian zone. The change was recommended in a master plan for the city that was approved six years earlier, but fierce objections from the downtown merchants blocked its implementation. Lerner instructed his secretary of public works to institute the change quickly and asked how long it would take. “He said he needed four months,” Lerner recalled recently. “I said, ‘Forty-eight hours.’ He said, ‘You’re crazy.’ I said, ‘Yes, I’m crazy, but do it in 48 hours.’ ” The municipal authorities were able to accomplish it in three days, beginning on a Friday night and installing paving, lighting, planters and furniture by the end of the day on Monday. “Being a very weak mayor, if I start to do it and take too long, everyone could stop it through a juridical demand,” Lerner went on to explain. “If they stop the work, it’s finished. I had to do it very fast, at least in part. Because we had discussed it a great deal. Sometimes they have to have a demonstration effect.” . . . ”

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Cheap and Good Accommodation Options in Curitiba!

By Guilherme Mendes Thomaz@guimendesthomaz

We all know that for a great travel we must find and stay in a good place, even if it is just to sleep and rest a little so you can recover your energy and be ready to enjoy the next day of our trips!

Nowadays, travellers mostly look forward for a safe, clear, accessable rates and good cost-benefit accommodation option.

Considering this fact, we selected some Curitiba hotels that WHL Curitiba recommend for budget travellers!

1. Hotel Brasília: http://www.hotelbrasiliacuritiba.com/

This hotel has family atmosphere, great facilities and services, wide and comfortable apartments, besides offering the best breakfast of the category and super economical rates. Hotel Brasília is the best accommodation option in Curitiba for budget travellers.

2. Garden Curitiba Hotel: http://www.hotelgardencuritiba.com/

Garden Hotel Curitiba is one of the most traditional accommodation options in Curitiba. Well located, pretty and comfortable appartments, many grear unique services and very economic tariffs make this hotel without a doubt the best option of cost/benefit that you will find in Curitiba.

3. Alta Reggia Plaza Hotel Curitiba: http://www.hotelaltareggia.com/

Alta Reggia Plaza Hotel Curitiba stands out for the contentment of its guests, offering appropriate facilities and services. The hotel is also strategically located in the central area of Curitiba and offers 84 plenty of space and comfortable suites. All this make this hotel a pleasant and affordable accommodation option in Curitiba.

4. Hotel Centro Europeu Tourist: http://www.centroeuropeucuritiba.com/

Hotel Centro Europeu Tourist is well know nationally and internationally for being a school hotel for the Hotel Management, Cuisine Chef and Sommelier courses. Besides being a model in comfort and great services this hotel is located in front of the Osório Square, in the beggining of Rua das Flores, the traditional pedestrian area of Curitiba.

5. Guaíra Palace Hotel Curitiba: htttp://www.hotelguairacuritiba.com/

Guaíra Palace Hotel Curitiba is perfect for travellers looking for praticity, great services, good location and low costs. Here you will be staying in a confortable hotel located in Curitiba downtown with super economical tariffs and easy access to public transportation.

6. Hotel Flat Petras Residence: http://www.flatpetrascuritiba.com/

Located in a strategic, central and quiet area in Curitiba, this hotel offers modern, comfortable and well equipped rooms. Its structure is perfect for families and those staying a bit longer in Curitiba, willing to have a small kitchen in the room. The hotel also also unites the comfortable accommodations to a practical infrastructure with several leisure options and areas to relax.

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Spring Is Coming Up… Great Time to Visit Curitiba!

On September 22nd the fresh winter in Southern Hemisphere ends and the spring starts. During the spring, the nature is more vibrant, the flowers are blooming and the outdoors activities  begin to be a great option to relax, hang out and have fun. Therefore, the season of the flowers is a great opportunity to visit and experience Curitiba.

Curitiba shelters several options for those who love to spend the leisure hours doing outdoors activities, stroll in parks, go for a walk, etc. The city proves that considering the 52 m² of green area for inhabitant, with more than 30 parks and forests located  in the capital of Paraná.

We selected some of these places that we considered the highlights and will be for sure a great option for you to have a good time and a lot of fun while in Curitiba:

 Parque Barigüi: BR 277 – Rodovia do Café, Km 0 – Santo Inácio

 

Parque Tanguá: Rua Dr. Bemben, s/n° – Pilarzinho

 

Parque Tingüi: Av. Fredolin Wolf, s/n°. Rua José Casagrande, s/n° – São João

 

Bosque Alemão: Rua Niccolo Paganini, esquina com Franz Schubert – Vista Alegre

 

Bosque do Papa: Rua Wellington Oliveira Vianna, s/n° – Centro Cívico

 

Jardim Botânico: Avenida Prof. Lothário Meissner, 460 – Jardim Botânico  

 

For more information about things to do and what happens at the parks in Curitiba, you can take a look at the section “Liveability expressed in Parklands” at Curitiba’s International Touristic Portal, www.curitiba-travel.com.br … a member of WHL.travel!

Have a great time and share your experience with us!

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The First 100% Biodiesel Busses in Latin America Starts To Circulate In Curitiba!

Again, Curitiba shows and prove to the World why the city is considered the ecologic capital, model in public transportation and urban planning.   

The first busses in Latin America to circulate with biodiesel  (without the mixture of diesel), began to work yesterday in the Green Line. The first bus to receive biodiesel, made of soy, was supplied by the mayor Beto Richa and representatives of the companies and institutions partners in the project.

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 “Curitiba gives one more proof of its concern  about the protection of the environment. This is a great step, a progress in the technological innovation, besides the fact that we are giving an example to Brazil and to the rest of the World”,  said Richa. “The intention is, insofar as possible and starting from the results obtained in the Green Line, extend the use of the biodiesel for the whole fleet.”

The six busses, that run the line Pinheirinho-Carlos Gomes, were supplied with the new fuel in the garage of the Viação Cidade Sorriso, located in the Umbará. “We are opening a new stage in the history of the transport and conservation of the environment in the country”, affirmed the president of Urbanization of Curitiba S/A (URBS), Marcos Isfer. “This is a daring project, that was only possible because of our technicians’ pledge, companies and institutions partners and off course the determination of the mayor of Curitiba in making it possible”, he affirmed.

The fuel used in these six busses is made of  soy base and for not having diesel oil mixture, it is defined by the technicians as B 100. Previously, Curitiba had already tested mixtures of 5% and 20% of organic fuel,  called B05 and B20, experiences that took to the B100 project. The expectation is that the program will allow a reduction of the emission of pollutants in at least 50%. The emission of carbon dioxide will be 30% less and the emission of smoke will drop in 70%. Since 2007 it is obligatory in Brazil the mixture of 4% of biodiesel to the diesel. The busses of the initiate experience in the Green Line just have biodiesel.

The busses,  from the brands Scânia and Volvo have motors Euro 3 and the forecast of the total consumption is on average, 20 thousand liters per month. Each bus of the Green Line travels on average, 200 kilometers per day. The change of the lubricating oil of the busses will be made each five thousand kilometers, with constant supervising to observe the effects of the biodiesel in pieces as piston, rings, beaks injectors and piping.

Elcio Karas, the manager of the area of Inspection and Register of the Public Transportation in URBS and the coordinator of the project implantation said that the busses will be monitored for 18 months, and the acting, costs and emission of pollutants will be technically evaluated.

 From: Bem Paraná, O Portal Paranaense 

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

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