Cascavel is a brazilian municipality in the west region of the Paraná state. It is the 5th most populous city in Paraná, with a estimated population of 316,226 inhabitants, according IBGE (aug, 2016). Althrougt it's named as "Rattlesnake" in portuguese, the odds of meeting the animal while visiting are virtually non-existant.
Cascavel is about 140 kilometers from Foz do Iguaçu (city of the world famous Iguaçu Falls). This fact makes the city a good resting point if you're on your way to visit the falls, Argentina or Paraguay by road.
Cascavel is about 490 kilometers from Curitiba, the state's capital. There are two daily flights from Cascavel to the capital.
The city has an excelent infrastructure by Brazilian standards, and the 113th best HDI out of the 5,565 munipalities in the country, making it a good place to live. (IBGE, 2010)
Even throught Cascavel is not a tourism driven city, there are plenty of good hotels and restaurants. There is night life for basicaly every mainstream option you may choose.
The city is a health centre in the state. There are several high end facilities that can treat from a minor disease, to the most severe cases of cancer.
By bus: There are several companies that get from anywhere in Brazil to Cascavel.
- Azul Airlines
direct flights from: Curitiba, São Paulo and Campinas
- Passaredo Airlines
direct flights from: São Paulo
- Metropolitan bus
The most used line will probably be the "Eixo Leste - Oeste" (from East to West) it will take passengers from one extreme in the city to other extreme at streets that are parallels to Avenida Brazil. Pay attention to drop off on the closest spots.
The acess to UNIOESTE (biggest university on the region) and surronding neighbourhoods is done by the "Eixo Leste - Sul" or "Eixo Sul- Oeste", depending on where you're on the city.
Cascavel's Lake (Lago Municipal de Cascavel): probably the most popular landmark in the city, Cascavel's lake has around 5 kilometers perimeter and is the most popular place in town for a healthy lifestile, at the mornings you can find many wild animals like monkeys and birds and during the whole day you will probably find many of its most popular habitants, the capybaras. Even throught there are several (really, several) of it around, the capybaras are so acostumated to the population that there will be no recognition of your presence by it, so the most danger you will incur while visiting is to step on some dirt left on the sidewalk by the animals. There's also an old church in the lake which is the first church in town, but it is not open for visitation, so the most you can get of it is taking some outside pictures of the old building.
Cascavel's Catedral, Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady of Aparecida) is the largest Catholic Temple in the city and was made in modern architecture (inspired by a hand fan from the above) it features a huge cross sculpture and a huge sculpture of Our Lady of Aparecida being held by two hands. The cathedral's altar is amazing and forged with gold.
Cascavel's Sidewalk (Calçadão de Cascavel): That's where the city's heart is, there you can find popular and fine stores, it's in the Avenida Brasil (the most important in the city), and the place where most famous landmarks of the city are like Catedral Nossa Senhora Aparecida and the Central Park Towers. There are also some important monument arts from Dirceu Rosa the most famous artist from Cascavel. The whole avenue has recently gone though a renovation that significantly altered the center city.
Cascavel's Theater (Teatro Municipal de Cascavel) opened in 2015. It is one of the biggest theaters in the state and a good place to catch some of the country's most important arts from live theater to concerts, it features a nice gallery on it's top floor where there's some local paintings and pictures. On the same block there's the Gilberto Mayer's Cultural Center with a smaller theater and a Museum that tells city history.
Migrante Square (Praça do Migrante): At the citie's ground zero in Avenida Brazil is the Migrante Square which features a monument in shape of a graphic showcasing every region in Brazil that had migrated to Cascavel, it's an open sky museum where you can see every state's flag, and also across the street there is a Monument and Children Playground at the Getulio Vargas Square.
Cascavel's Zoo (Zoologico Municpal de Cascavel) features many animals locked in cages, it became famous after a huge accident where a child got it's arm destroyed when poking and feeding The Tiger Hu inside it's cage. Please don't feed animals and don't trepass the cages when you visit the Zoo. This is the only place you will be able to see a "cascavel"! Don't worry, it is locked!
Cascavel JL Shopping
Central Park Shopping
West Side Shopping
Picasso Skybar (at the top floor in Cascavel's landmark building, the Central Park Tower)
Mercearia Antonina Restaurant (historic wood house with retro decoration where people in Cascavel go for drinks and food)
Beecake Cupcakery (cute coffeeshop with cupcakes and brazilian's famous Brigadeiro's)
Cafe Sucre Patisserie (new coffeeshop in town, amazing choice for those with a sweet tooth)
Giardinno Caffe (new coffeeshop in town. The coffee shop operates inside a garden. A nice place to visit)
Cafe du Coin (specialized coffee house)
Crostini Pasta e Grill (fine italian lunch with many meat options, served as a buffet and as rodizio - on your table)
Cantina das Artes (one block away from the Cultural Center of the city and offers a great variety of a la carte dishes, on its walls are exposed many master pieces from local artists for sale! The price is surprising!)
Bistrô Restaurant (one of the oldest restaurants in town. a la carte dishes)
Bistro Le Monde (classic mansion in the house, with tables around the swimming pool)
Opas Garten German-brazilian restaurant
Jarro Bistro (wine house with fine dining)
Churrascaria Gandin (classic brasilian barbecue. Go hungry!)
Churrascaria Brasil (classic brasilian barbecue. Go hungry!)
Churrascaria Panorâmica (classic brasilian barbecue. Go hungry!)
Churrascaria Portal (classic brasilian barbecue. Go hungry!)
La Rocca burger
Banggai (asian restaurant and night club)
Botequim na Esquina (pub with brazilian's famous "comida de boteco")
Paiollo Trattoria (expensive, yet impressive!)
Cascavel is one of the best places in Paraná to enjoy craft beer.
a small beer store with many high quality options. Ask sommelier Anderson for a suggestion, and you won't go wrong.
another beer store. The special thing about this place is the connection with Bodebrown Brewery (one of the best breweries of the country). This guarantees a nice stream of good taps.
beer store from a big beer store franchise in country. If you consider yourself a hardcore craft beer consumer, visit the three!
If arranged properly, you can visit the local brewing factory, try the products and get to know some nice local people there.
Bar with several taps avaliable. At least 15 taps daily.
Hell (eletro club, pricy and selective. Don't go underdressed!)
Ministterio Club (country style)
Woods Club Cascavel (country style)
Biblioteca Club (LGBT club)
Hooligans (PUB like place with mainstream rock music and more beers options than usually avaliable around, not much more though)
Nóstra-vamos (cheap beer, bikes and loud rock music)
Old West Brew PUB (live rock and roll and some craft beer avaliable)
Cascavel has a huge hotel avaliability. The only time of the year you must be wary about is middle february, when the "Show Rural Coopavel" (a huge agribusiness driven event) takes place and the hotel network usually crowds.
Bourbon Express Hotel (at one of the Central Park Towers, hearth of the city)
Copas Verdes Hotel (at the Cascavel's sidewalk, hearth of the city)
Querência Hotel (one of the oldest, nice place)
Cascavel Ibbis Hotel
Deville (on the 277 road, good if you have bussiness outside the city centre)
among other options.
Cascavel is a medical centre that confluates several people to the city seeking treatment. There are no significant risk of contracting tropical diseases, but if you find yourelf hurt or sick, there are many options.
UPA Brasília Av. Europa - Nº 2650 telephone 55 45 3902 2683
UPA Veneza R. Café Filho esquina com a Rua Comil telephone 55 45 3902 2587
UPA Pediatria AV.Tancredo Neves - Nº 2433 P. Catarinenses telephone 55 45 3902 2675 (children care only)
Policlínica Hospital (center city)
Dr. Lima Hospital (center city)
São Lucas hospital (center city)
Mato Grosso do Sul: driver's coming from south will pass by Cascavel when accessing MS federal road, the BR-163.
Toledo: Cascavel's sister connected by the double federal road BR-469.