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The state of Paraná offers diversity ranging from the Atlantic
Rain Forest and heavenly beaches to semi-arid areas such as Vila Velha
National Park in Ponta Grossa (135 km from Curitiba) with its exotic
sandstone formations. Evidence of intensive European immigration can
be found everywhere including villages where only the European mother
tongue is spoken.
Agriculture and industry are the main economic activities. A business
trip coupled with tourism recently became very common among overseas
visitors. A car drive including Curitiba, Paranagua, Ilha
do Mel, and Morretes and passing by Sao Paulo
is a worthwhile experience if you have somebody who can safely show
you the interesting and hidden
sites along that way. The starting and ending
points of your trip can be decided in such a way to take advantage
of your scheduled arrival and departure.
Curitiba is easy and
interesting to see using the "Linha Turismo" bus that
stops at 22 destinations where you can get off, explore
the attraction, and take the next bus. The "Eye" Museum,
(by Oscar Niemayer), the Ukrainian
Memorial, the German Wood, the "24
Hours " and Flowers Streets, are some of
the attractions which should not be missed.
110 km long train ride to Paranaguá
should not be left for
another occasion, even if it rains. You will see these marvelous
engineering feats: 13 tunnels carved through solid rock; 41 riveted
steel beam viaducts imported from Belgium; 32 bridges; and 15 stations.
[Built in 1885 and projected by the first two Brazilian black engineers,
the Rebouças brothers and João Teixeira Soares responsible
for the two largest viaducts.
way to Paranaguá, is and old colonial town founded around
1721, peaceful place to enjoy the riverside sitting under a nice
shade. This small town is the most interesting
in the area and has a nice pedestrian area with well conserved colonial
buildings. The access along the "Estrada
da Graciosa" dated 1873 has fascinating
close to Morretes,
is less well preserved and less touristic, but it has a nice old
Theater" dated 1875, and excellent seafood
to be missed is a short walk to the "Pedra do Penhasco",
the highest point of the city from where a panoramic view of the
Paranaguá bay can be enjoyed.
Macuco and Birds Park
These two local tours can be combined
in one half day. The Safari Macuco will raise your adrenaline level;
whereas the peaceful Birds Park will return it to normal. Enjoy
and a sub-tropical environment walking in freedom among those animals
and make the best memories of your trip.
Pedro Novak - Private Tours - Rio de Janeiro