Curitiba is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Paraná. The city’s population numbers approximately 1,760,500 people as of 2010, making it the eighth most populous city in the country, and the largest in Brazil’s South Region.
Curitiba’s current economy is based on industry and services and is the fourth largest economy in Brazil. The economy growth occurred in parallel to a substantial inward flow of Brazilians from other cities of the country, as approximately half of the population of Curitiba was not born in the city.
Curitiba presents one of the highest HDI of Brazil at 0.856, and in 2010 was awarded the Globe Sustainable City Award, given to cities and municipalities which excel in sustainable urban development around the world. According to the US magazine Reader’s Digest, Curitiba is the best “Brazilian Big City” in which to live. It is still considered the most “organized, clean and safe” Brazilian metropolis.
On the first time I visited Curitiba I went on november of 2009. I was planning to stay at the Curitiba Eco Hostel, but I was hosted by a friend.
I basically visited MON, where it was having an exhibition with photography and another about Vik Muniz. I went to the Shadow Bar, some restaurants and had a general idea of the city. On sunday I went to the market at Largo da Ordem and I also found a cultural centre, where a musical presentation was happening.
On 2012 I returned to visit the same friend who hosted me in 2009. I basically went to the turistic points and this time I stayed at a hostel.
Botanical Garden of Curitiba
Torre Panorâmica de Curitiba
Ópera de Arame
Universidade Federal do Paraná
Feira Largo da Ordem