What to See in Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba is known incredible European architecture and excellent food. It is also known as the ecological capital of Brazil as it enforces many programs to protect the environment.

 

In fact one of the Curitiba Brazil attractions are the twenty parks that boast bicycle paths that make it very easy to get around the city. Curitiba is great for single people both young and old because it has a very social park called the Parque Bariqui that is very laid back.  It is a great place to hang out with locals, roller blade or ride a bike.

 

The reason that the architecture in this city has such a European flair is because it is mainly populated by Ukrainian, Polish, German and Italian immigrants. The food that is offered in this city reflects this cultural diversity and there are many all you can eat style restaurants.  Most of these ethnic restaurants are located in an ethnic area of town called Batel.  The place also attracts a lot of German and Italian tourists each year.

 

This city, which is also about three centuries old also boasts a giant open market that is open every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.  This fair also features musicians and performers that wander through the streets.

 

This city is on the edge of a lush rain forest and tours of the Amazon are conducted on a bus that travels on a paved road called the Estrada da Graciosa through the lush greenery.  You can also book tours to the Guaraquecaba Environmental Protection Area, which is a Nature Reserve.

 

The city is also near the Parque Estadual de Vila Velha. This State park lies 52 miles from Curitiba. It contains twenty-two extraordinary rock formations dating from three hundred million years ago.

 

It also boasts some affordable luxury hotels such as the Parthenon hotel, which is located one kilometer away from the city center. There is also a Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, which has a spa. Many people come here to luxuriate in the sun and enjoy the five star treatments.

 

From Curibita you can also travel to gorgeous Honey Island, which is a place where no cars are allowed and there is nothing but small ramshackle homes, a few restaurants, humble hotels and miles of glorious beaches with warm calm water. You will have to travel 2 hours by bus and 30 minutes to cross the Paranagua Bay Channel but the trip is worth it as it like visiting a little bit of Eden.

Don’t Miss the Amazon Cuisine of Brazil

If you travel to Brazil then make sure you to travel to the lush jungles of the Amazon, where a very distinctive cuisine is served up by the villagers that live in the regions. These are dishes created by the hand of the cabocas and some the humble recipes have been handed down for generations.  Amazon cuisine is unlike any other type of cuisine you will find in Brazil or the rest of the food. It is made of specific fruits and liquors and fish that are indigenous to the Amazon forest in Brazil.

 

Some of these dishes are more elegant than any chef could serve up. A good example is pachica. This is a type of stew made from turtle blood and parts that is served up in the turtle shell itself. It is seasoned with chili and chicory and lemon.

 

As there is no wheat or any other substance to make flour with in the Brazil Amazon, the cabocas make flour out of fish. This fish flour is called piracui.  It is made out of a fish called acari, which is gutted, salted and dried.

 

The favorite fish of the cuisine is from a very fatty piscine found in the Amazon River called the pirarucu. This fish is so rich that it is not advisable for people with health states like pregnancy or diabetes. This fish is often fried or dried and is the main dish featured in many of the cabocas celebrations.

 

There is also a special casserole called the tambaqui, which is a fish stew that is made with parsley, shallot, chives, tomato, onion and a little palm oil or olive oil.

 

Yet another unique feature of this cuisine is the luscious fruits that are just served raw with it or made into ice cream, juice, desert, liquor, chocolate, salamis and wine.

 

You cannot travel here without sampling a pupnha. It is almost like bread it is so common in the Amazon. It is a big orange fruit somewhat like a papaya. A tucuma the fruit of a palm tree and has 1000 times more Vitamin A then an avocado. The jenipopo is a sweet purple fruit and is used to make wines. It is also used in celebrations that involve body painting.

 

If you are lucky you may be able to try cupuacu, which contains caffeine and theobromine. It’s juice is served everywhere in Brazil as a special drink and it is still used as a sacred drink in special ceremonies.