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Curitiba is the capital of Paraná, Brazil. If you're heading for Iguaçu Falls from Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, it's worth stopping by for a day or two.

Curitiba is the largest cities in the prosperous South region, and its population is largely descended from German and Polish immigrants. The city is known to urban planners worldwide for its innovative public transit system.

Get in

By bus

Curitiba is about six hours by bus from São Paulo.


  • Rua 24 Horas is a covered shopping arcade which is, as you might guess, open twenty-four hours a day.
  • Bosque do Papa, built in 1980 to commemorate Pope John Paul II's visit, is a wooded park dedicated to the early Polish immigrants to Curitiba.

Get out

The train to the coastal town Paranaguá makes an excellent day trip. The ride descends through some of last remaining Atlantic rainforest.

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