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FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil: 14 Good Reasons to Visit Curitiba during the World Cup!

By Guilherme Mendes Thomaz@guimendesthomaz

Now that the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is pver, the World is already looking forward to the next one, the FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil.

People are already starting to look and search information about Brazil, the official host cities, what to expect and do during the World Cup. One of the official host cities confirmed by FIFA is Curitiba, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Paraná (the state of the world-wide famous Iguassu Falls too). Curitiba has the largest population (1.8 million inhabitants – 7th largest nationwide) and the largest economy in Southern Brazil. According to he American magazine Reader’s Digest, the city is considered the best place to live in Brazil

If Curitiba is considered the best city to live in Brazil, what about to visit? What to do? What to expect?

The EMBRATUR – Brazilian Tourist Board, selected 14 good reasons for you to visit Curitiba during your travellings around Brazil and of course, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil:

1) Host City for 1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

2) World’s Most Sustainable City (Globe Award 2010 – Sweden).

3) Sustainable Transport Award 2010 (ITDF – USA).

4) Over 50 m² of green area per inhabitant, with 32 parks and woods.

5) The cleanest city in South America.

6) Brazil’s largest ethnic diversity.

7) Best cultural destiny in Southern Brazil (Veja Magazine).

8) 4th best brazilian city for tourism (Trip and Tourism Magazine).

9) Brazilian 3rd best infraestructure (Exame Magazine)

10) Over 150 hotels, 10.000 apartaments and 18.000 beds.

11) Various gastronomy options with influence of numerous ethnies.

12) Great shopping: more than 30 malls and street markets.

13) Home of Atlético Paranaense, Coritiba and Paraná, soccer teams with 6 national championship titles.

14) Located less than 100 km of the shore, with historical cities, islands, beaches and bays.

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We would love to hear your comments! Feel free to share and leave a comment about other reasons to visit Curitiba.

Other posts about Curitiba, Brazil:

Inspiring Curitiba: 20 photos that will make you want to visit Curitiba!

A Green City: Parks in Curitiba, Brazil

Surprise Yourself in Curitiba, Brazil

From:  EMBRATUR –  Brazilian Tourist Board


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Cachaça Gastronomical Festival 2010

By Guilherme Mendes Thomaz@guimendesthomaz

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Festival Gastronômico da Cachaça

The Municipal Market of Curitiba is promoting from June 27th – 29th of 2010, the Cachaça Paranaense Gastronomical Festival 2010. At the festival, visitors will get the chance to learn how to make special cocktails and dishes made with cachaça, a very popular and typical brazilian drink.  Visitors will also try the cachaça degustation of the best cachaças produced in the Brazilian state of Paraná and other products made of sugar cane, watch lectures with experts on the history of cachaça, news and trends.

The “Parana Cachaças Award 2010” is a award promoted by the Handcrafted Cachaca producers of Parana Association (Aprocapar) and will reward the best cachaça of the festival. The Municipal Supply Department, the Municipal Market of Curitiba traders Association, the Federal University of Parana and Sebrae-PR are coordinating the festival.

The event will be held at the Organic Sector of the Curitiba Municipal Market and it is a great place to visit if you are in Cuirtiba during the event.

Click here to find out more information about the Cachaça Gastronomical Festival 2010!

Municipal Market of Curitiba: Av. Sete de Setembro, 1865 – Curitiba, PR – Brazil.   Phone: +55 (41) 3363.3764

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The Exciting Train Tour from Curitiba to Morretes and Paranaguá

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The exciting train tour from Curitiba to Morretes crosses the Atlantic rainforest most preserved area in Brazil. Gorgeous!

By Guilherme Mendes Thomaz@guimendesthomaz

The train tour from Curitiba to Morretes and Paranaguá that crosses the Serra do Mar is a great tour option for you in the great brazilian state of Paraná, southern Brazil. Once visiting Paraná, you cannot leave without taking this traditional, famous and breathtaking Train Tour from Curitiba to Morretes or Train Tour from Curitiba to Paranagua. The train leaves Curitiba, crosses Serra do Mar (the most preserved area of the brazilian Atlantic rainforest) and ends at the historical cities of Morretes or Paranagua (departures to Paranaguá only on Sundays).

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Beautiful landscapes during the Curitiba train tour to Morretes...

The train tour from Curitiba to Morretes or Paranaguá lasts about 3-4 hours and among its 110 kilomeeters of railway line extension you get to see amazing landscapes, rich animal and vegetation biodiversity, spectacular bends, canyons and gorges, waterfalls and a lot more.

Also, during the trip the train passes trough 14 tunnels, 30 bridges, beyond mountains and viaducts. Prominence for the Viaduto do Carvalho, suspended on five masonry pillars in the hillside of the rock, getting the sensation to be flying. Véu da Noiva, a 70 meters waterfall from Rio Ipiranga is another amazing sightseeing.

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The train passes over 30 bridges...

Getting out in Morretes you may be received by the women association of the city selling products made of  bananas and ginger (typical Morretes fruit and root) like candies, cookies, cachaças or pingas, natural flavored chips, etc. Very yummy!!!

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Barreado, typical dish of Paraná!

After the tour, you can stroll and visit other tourist attractions in the historical cities of Morretes and Paranagua. Eating the delicious Barreado for lunch is also a must do! Barreado, a typical dish of the Paraná 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”). For more information read the post “Barreado: The Famous Typical Dish of Paraná State!”.

The train has different wagons categories and each class has a different fare.

Classe Econômica/Coach Class: No service

Classe Turística/Touristic Class: Departures at 8h15 daily to Morretes (only on Sundays to Paranaguá); Portuguese speaking guide on board; snacks included. [Buy it online now!!!]

Classe Executiva/Business Class: Wide-windows; bilingual guide (Portuguese/English speaking); drinks and snacks included. [Buy it online now!!!]

Litorina: DOES NOT OPERATE IN PARANÁ ANYMORE!!!

Litorina Luxo: Departures only on weekends and holidays at 9h15; Leather and velvet couches/sofas; bar inside the car; 1st class catering; landscape live transmission in LCD screen; 1st luxury train in Brazil.

More than 100.000 people embark per year in this exciting adventure. The train departure from the Railway Station of Curitiba (Address: Avenida Presidente Afonso Camargo, 330).

Special Paraná Turismo & Eventos, Agência de Turismo Receptivo em Curitiba, Curitiba, Receptivo,If you need any assistance and want to make arrangements for your trip with a local incoming/receptive travel agency, we suggest you to contact:  Special Paraná Turismo & Eventoswww.specialparana.com – (41)3232-1314 (Portuguese, English, German, Spanish and French spoken).

– Take a look and book another train tour options:

Curitiba City Tour & Train Tour

Train tour to Morretes and rafting in Antonina

Train Tour to Morretes and River Fun

Train, Morretes and Sebuí Reserve

Please, share your experiences in this your with us! We love to hear the feedback and also, your information and opinion about the tour is very precious for us and other travellers. Thank you very much!!!

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History and Leisure in Antonina, Paraná – Brazil

By Guilherme Mendes Thomaz@guimendesthomaz

The city of Antonina, in the Paraná Coast, is famous for its street carnival and its historical architecture, with very old houses, squares, monuments and old churches. In Antonina you will also be able to appreciate the rich local cuisine with typical foods and dishes of the region. Beyond the traditional Barreado (the most famous typical dish of Paraná coast), shrimps, crabs and other sea food can be found in the Municipal Market, that was restored by the Paraná Government in the end of 2007.

The Market is one of the more important tourist attractions of the city, and is located in the Paranaguá bay. The state have spent around R$ 366 thousand in investments to revitalizate the area. The market counts with restaurants, souvenir and handcraft stores, ice cream, snack bar, travel agency and bathrooms for special necessities.

The space still contemplates the traditional fish market. The Antonina’s fish market was inaugurated in 2009 to take care of local fishing with a properly and hygienic space. The pier is also being reformed and it will be concluded soon.

All this makes Antonina a great option of leisure and entertainment in the region, a place of meeting where tourists and locals can exchange experiences and get to know a little more about the history and culture of Paraná tasting and experiencing the good food, natural beauties and tourist attractions of the region.

For more general and tourist information about Antonina you can take a look at www.morretes-antonina.com.br !!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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