With a population of 1.8 million and an enviable Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.856, third amongst capital cities, Curitiba has become a benchmark in road transport, tourism and urban ecology.

The city has been enriched by European immigration - such as Germans, Italians, Polish and Ukrainians.  Among the things that offer residents a good quality of living are its wide tree lined streets, leisure areas, planned industrial districts and residential neighbourhoods that have what one expects from a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis.

The diversified industrial hub gives the capital the rank of fifth largest economy in Brazil. Furthermore, it is one of the five best cities in Latin America to invest in. Gastronomy is diversified and offered by over 5 thousand restaurants.

The city also offers tourists the opportunity to visit good museums, parks with surprising beauty, such as Barigui and Botanical Gardens. Moreover, it offers its visitors infrastructure at above average levels and a hotel sector with 20 thousand rooms.

Main tourist attractions

Botanical Garden
Curitiba’s landmark was inaugurated in 1991. The metal structure houses national plant species. The Flower Museum attracts researchers from all over the world. Rua Engenheiro Ostoja Roguski, Bairro Jardim Botânico.

Rua das Flores/Street
Located in Curitiba City Centre, it was the first pavement for pedestrians in the country and is one of the symbols of the town's cultural revolution. From Luis Xavier Avenue to Quinze Road.

Rua 24 Horas
Place for shopping, leisure and restaurants. Rua Visconde de Nacar, 1.424 – Centro.

Guaíra Theatre
One of the biggest theatres in Latin America. Rua Quinze de Novembro, 971.
Paço da Liberdade Former municipal government headquarters. It is the only building in Curitiba to be listed at the three levels: federal, state and municipal and currently, houses a cultural centre. Praça José Borges de Macedo – bairro Centro.

Oscar Niemeyer Museum
One of Brazil’s biggest and most modern museums. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the “eye” as it is called, is the conclusion of an old piece of work, built by the architect himself in 1976. Rua Marechal Hermes, 999.

Barigüi Park
Implemented in 1972, it is one of the city’s biggest parks, with 1.4 million square metres. The place is the favourite for those wanting to take a stroll or engage in physical activity. Avenida Cândido Hartmann – bairro Mercês.

Iguaçu Falls
There are 275 falls surrounded by a simply breathtaking scenario. This is Foz do Iguaçu, town located at the treble border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. It is home to the Iguaçu National Park, inscribed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. The town plays host to over 1 million tourist a year. It is 637km away from Curitiba. There are regular flights to Foz do Iguaçu from Brazilian capital cities.
For further information:
0800 45 1516 (Tourism Secretariat/Teletur)
www.iguassu.tur.br

Fact sheet

Population: 1,751,907 people
Altitude: 945 metres
Area: 435,495 km²
Area code: 41
Voltage: 127 V
Climate: Subtropical. The period between June and July is the city's winter, with temperatures reaching 0 C
Temperature: Average of 21C in the summer and 13C in the winter
Vegetation: Atlantic Forest

For further information

Municipal Extraordinary Secretariat for the 2014 World Cup
+ 55 61 3350-8544
www.copa2014.curitiba.pr.gov.br

Secretariat of Sport and Tourism – 2014 World Cup General Coordination Office
+ 55 41 3210-2748 / 3210-2504
http://www.copa2014.pr.gov.br

Open Media Centre – Curitiba

Address: Memorial de Curitiba - Rua Claudino dos Santos 79 - São Francisco - Setor histórico da Cidade
5 June - 5 July, from 9:00 to 19:00
+55 41 3350-8668 // copaemcuritiba@smcs.curitiba.pr.gov.br // http://www.copa2014.curitiba.pr.gov.br/press