☆ Curitiba – Paranà – Brazil ☆
Curitiba can be considered the most european capital in Brazil..
Curitiba was founded in the 17th century as a gold-mining camp and its population was American, Indian and Portuguese..
The capital of the state became in 1854.. It is said that Curitiba is barely Brazilian city at all since its inhabitants are descendants of Polish, German, Japon, Italian and Ukrainian immigrants that arrived in the city during the 19th and early 20th century..
It is the capital of the southern state of Parana and one of the most prosperous and organized cities in Brazil..
Curitiba has become renowned for its innovative urban solutions, especially the public transit system, and win a UNESCO prize for its urban development..
The city is nationwide known as one of the capitals with the highest life quality standards and as well as the ecological capital of Brazil..
Curitiba has 26 parks of well-preserved environment with rich and diversified flora and fauna..
Curitiba is famous (not also in Brazil) by its well planned public transportation system, which consists of a countless number of bus lines and connecting stations all over the city..
The urban transport system is one of Curitiba’s best known planning successes, a model for cities around the world that want to implement eco efficient transport networks that are well integrated with urban form and produce environmental benefits..
Curitiba has a master planned bus-based transport system designed by Jaime Lerner.. It includes lanes on major streets devoted to a bus rapid transit system.. In 1979 was established Rede Integrada de Transporte – RTI (Integrated Transport Net)..
The transport system was designed to function like a subway system in terms of the amount of people it could transport and and the frequency between routes..
The details of the system are designed for speed and simplicity just as much as the overall architecture..
Key elements are the tubos (tube bus stops), made of metal frame and curved glass.. They are specially designed to move passengers quickly..
Passengers pay the fare in advance, as in a subway station.. The platform of the tube station is parallel to the platform of the buses..Passengers enter from one end of the station and exit on the other end.. Tubos provide citizens with a clean and protected area in which to wait for the bus..
Curitiba has a high rate of car ownership, yet the fact that so many citizens use public transport proves that its system is truly efficient..
75% of the city’s population relies on public transport and Curitiba is rarely, if ever, troubled with traffic problems and probably has some of the cleanest urban air..
Curitiba is a Brazilian reference when theatre and classic music matters.. It has several theatres and places for artistic performances..
Universidade Federal do Parana – UFPR (Federal University of Parana) is the oldest Brazilian university, established in 1912..
This Brazilian metropolis was in 2003 nominated as the American Capital of Culture..
Its nightlife is getting more and more interesting, since you count with restaurants and cuisines from all over the world..
Most famous are the italian district called “Santa Felicidade”, where you find restaurant after restaurant on the Via Veneto street..
If your time in Curitiba is limited, an easy and interesting way to see the city’s main attractions is to take a bus tour..
Buses of “LinhaTurismo” covers 25 key reference points in Curitiba, completing 44 km in 2,5 hours..
Stops include, for example, Parque Barigui and Tangua, Memorial Ucraniano, Opera de Arame, Rua 24 Horas, Teatro Paiol, Jardim Botanico and Santa Felicidade..
The most central departure stop is at Praca Tiradentes..
Service is available from Tuesdays through Sundays, from 9am – 5:30pm, with buses leaving every 30 minutes..
Ticket (R$ 16) allow passengers to get off at five of the stops and rejoin the tour on a later bus..
Comfortable white ‘jardineira’ buses have wide windows giving the passengers a better view of the city.. They are equipped with a sound system that plays recorded messages describing sites in three languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish..
Curitiba is located 400km southern from São Paulo and 800km from beautiful Rio de Janeiro..
Heading south you reach the wonderful city of Florianopolis, plenty of beaches and breathtaking landscapes..
If you are visiting Brazil and are curious about the city, try it… you will enjoy it..
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