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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.

If you want to search more Curitiba hotels, click here!

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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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Inspiring Ilha do Mel: 10 Photos That Make You Want To Go To Ilha do Mel

1. Ilha do Mel
Makes you want to explore and enjoy every spot of this wonderful island.
by Priscilla Forone

by Priscilla Forone

2. Fisherman
Makes you want to experience and see the locals fishing. After that, you will taste the delicious local cuisine.
Taken by Priscilla Forone

Taken by Priscilla Forone

3. Surfing
Honey Island has beaches for every taste. The island got the best beaches and spots for surfing in Paraná coast!
by Priscilla Forone

by Priscilla Forone

4. Cave Encantadas
This cave is a place of legends, where beautiful mermaids attract men to the cave and never return home.
http://www.ilhadomel-travel.com.br/destination_guide#_511168409
5. Dolphins
The island has wildlife in abundance and in its natural habitat
6. The lighthouse
Makes you want to hike until the top of the hill, at the base of the lighthouse, and get a spetacular view of various beaches and also the point where the island separates
by Priscilla Forone

by Priscilla Forone

7.  Sunset
Sunset at Honey Island is amazing! It is worth to walk until the top of the hill to the base of the lighthouse to watch it.
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8. Fortaleza Fortress
It is the only fortress in the Paraná cost. It was built in 1769 to protect the Paranaguá bay from invasions and from here you will have an impressive view over the bay!
9. Beaches
There are miles of quiet white sands beaches to enjoy and relax on…
10. Tracks
Automobiles are not allowed in Honey Island. There are so many tracks and paths connecting the island and leading to beutiful beaches and places.

If you have more pictures, you can send to us and we will post them here as well.

Click here to book accommodation and tours at Honey Island / Ilha do Mel.

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20 Reasons to Visit Curitiba!

Curitiba has been attracting and facinating tourists more and more. To help you to understand this fact, we are giving you here 20 reasons to visit Curitiba and show you that once in Brazil you can not miss the oportunity to visit one of the most amazing cities in Brazil. 

1. Fourth best city of the Brazil to do tourism (Viagem & Turismo Magazine – Nov/2007);

2. Best cultural destiny in Southern Brazil (Veja Magazine – Dec/2007)

3. Reference in life quality;

4. 52 m² of green area for inhabitant, with more than 30 parks and forests;

5. Curitiba has more than 150 hotels, 10.000 apartments and 18.000 beds in several categories;

6. Located in less than 100 km ( 62.14 miles) from Paraná coast, with historical cities, islands, beaches and bays;

7. New best businesses destination in Brazil (Veja Magazine – Dec/2006);

8. 3rd Best infrastructure of the country (Exame Magazine – Nov/2006);

9. Best cost-benefit (Veja magazine – Dec/2007);

10. It is one of the 5 best cities in Latin America for businesses (América Economia – May/2006);

11. Airport located 20 minutes from downtown;

12. Located only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Rio de Janeiro and 50 minutes of São Paulo in direct flights;

13. Located in a strategic point of Mercosul and has an highway network;

14. Model in urban planning and public transportation rewarded internationally;

15. Pioneer in environmental actions, such as the separation of the garbage, hosting in 2006, the events of UNO about biodiversity and biosafety;

16. In 2007, Curitiba occupied the 8th place among the Brazilian cities that received more international events (Ranking ICCA);

17. Curitiba has more than 100 places for events;

18. Diverse gastronomical options influenced by countless heritages present in the city like Italians, Germans, Ukrainians, Arabs, Poles, Portuguese, Japanese among others;

19. Counts with more than 30 malls, handcraft and gastronomy fairs/market, besides thematic streets in several locations of the city;

20. Was chosen in 2003 as “The American Culture Capital”.

Fonte: Material Promocional do Curitiba Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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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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