CURITIBA AIRPORT, BRAZIL

  • AVENIDA ROCHA POMBO, 2252
  • |AFONSO PENA INT'L AIRPORT
  • |CURITIBA, 80320-250
  • |BRAZIL
  • |05541 30160909

Curitiba

"Land of Abundant Pine Cones"

Curitiba, standing some 3,000 feet (914 meters) above sea level on the plateau of Serra do Mar, is the capital of the progressive state of Parana . Since the late 1800's, Curitiba's bracing climate and picturesque location have attracted immigrants of Slav, German, and Italian origin. Curitiba grew rapidly after 1950 and it is known for the sensible manner in which it became a major city without losing a comfortable life-style. The city derives its economic prosperity from its role as commercial and processing center for the expanding agricultural and ranch areas in the interior of the state. The population of this environmentally conscious capital has about 1,500,000 inhabitants.

Founded in 1693 by Portuguese explorers, the small village of Nossa Senhora da Luz e Bom Jesus dos Pinhais was an early waypoint for prospectors.In 1854, Curitiba became the official capital of Paraná, one of Brazil's southernmost states, known for the world-famous Igacu Falls, just a few hundred miles away, on Paraná's border with Argentina.

The 1980s was a decade marked by widespread economic recession, rising urban poverty and increasing deforestation rates in Brazil. Yet, now with more than 900,000 people, Curitiba rolled out a number of ecofriendly and social programs during the 1980s.

"Green areas" protected from future development were established in Curitiba, and a number of parks were dedicated to the city's different ethnic and immigrant groups.

Mirante da Telepar

This tower provides support for telecommunication services and its 109.5m height corresponds to that of a 40-story building. Built in December 1991, it gives a panoramic view of the city. Visitors also have access to a collection of antique telephones and video viewing rooms on the ground floor. The municipality of Curitiba runs visits.

Teatro Paiol

This round building, built in 1874, was formerly an armory. An army arsenal warehouse for decades, it was made non-operational and transformed by Curitiba's municipality into a performing and musical arts space on December 27, 1971.

 
Jardim Botânico

Built in 1991, the Jardim Botânico is one of Curitiba's landmarks. Inspired by the view of the French gardens, its carpets of flowers go though the entrance of the park. The huge green house holds a variety of botanic species in the water fountain.

 

Florianópolis

Hercilio Luz Bridge

Florianópolis, the capital of the State of Santa Catarina, is located on the west coast of the Ilha (island) de Santa Catarina and is linked to the mainland by the longest suspension bridge in Brazil, the Hercilio Luz Bridge. Florianopolis is a busy commercial center. Industries produce metallurgical and electrical communications equipment, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and perfume. The area around Lagoa has some of the best seafood restaurants around.

Beaches

Florianópolis has 42 beaches, an international airport, various hotel chains, many restaurants and bars and particularly hospitable people. On the 51km long and 18km wide island asphalt roads, vegetation rich paths, dunes, rivers, streams, and more extend all over. In the heart of the island lies a large lake, Lagoa da Conceio.

 
 

Located in the northern portion of Florianópolis, Joaquina beach is the surfer paradise in south Brazil. As a stage for world championships, champions like Teco Padaratz dominate. On a length of 2.8 km, the beach unites beautiful women, young people and lots of amusement. On the bordering sand dunes, one can sandboard surf, which is a specialty of this region.


Navegantes Airport

Navegantes is a pure beauty that Mother Nature gave as a gift to Santa Catarina. Great Atlantic beaches and beautiful mountains complete a scene with comfortable inns. Beto Carreiro World, the biggest amusement park in South America, is just a few miles away, and there are lots of opportunities for shopping in neighboring cities like Blumenau and Balneario Camboriuu.


Blumenau

Founded in 1848 By German immigrants under leadership of Dr. Hermann Blumenau, this city is recognized as the symbol of German colonization.

Today it has a strong economic position that is many-faceted and steadily growing. It is home to the largest textile manufacturer in Latin America and the second largest in the world. Environmental protection is the Blumenau and Pomerode's governments' greatest concern and the firms invest large sums of money to protect the natural environment.

Oktoberfest

The city organizes the largest German folk festival in Brazil, Oktoberfest.


Balneário Camboriu

Balneário Camboriu is the tourist center of Santa Catarina and lies in the area of the mouth of the Itajai-Acu river. The climate is moderate while the average temperature from December to March is about 35 degrees Celsius and winters are very mild. The population is about 70,000, but during the high season, it reaches well over 1,000,000.

The main attraction of Camboriu is its beaches. They are bordered by Avenida Atlantica and are "the" meeting spot for the city. One of the most beautiful points is Ilha das Cabras, which can be reached by boat.

Other attractions are the Santa Inés Church, which was built in the form of a straw hat, and the Santo Amaro Church, which was visited by the king's family. Additionally, the Camboriu Park is located at the end of BR 101, where visitors can get to know the country's roots. All of this is made perfect by seven natural beaches.

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