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Curitiba, 10 - 11 January 2009

You cannot stay in exotic places all the time! ... ... Its a very long way from Iguazu to the coast at Paraty, where we are hoping to have our penultimate stop before Rio. So, we opted for a quick stop at Curitiba, which is capital of the state of Parana.

This was 9 hours on a very comfortable overnight bus from Foz do Iguaçu. This is over the border in Brazil which meant ... bus from where we were staying in Puerto Iguaza to the border, hop off the bus at the Argentine border, with rucksacks etc, for stamp out of Argentina, bus waits ... then off the bus at the Brazilian border for stamps into Brazil, bus does not wait ... catch next bus into Foz do Iguaçu, then get final bus out to the Long Distance Bus Terminal (a long way out of town). Quite a trek!

We have had a night in a hotel here and are leaving tonight at around midnight for an overnight bus to Sao Paulo, where we need to get another bus for the remainng 300km to Paraty!

Curitiba has been quite a pleasant spot for a couple of days. The historic area is good for a stroll, a drink, a meal, and a very large Sunday Craft Market. Downtown (Rua das Flores) is pedestrianised, and practically all the paving in town is done in mosaic of small stones (pretty, if not wonderful to walk on in flipflops!), and there are sights to see on the outskirts of town for those who want to take a tourist bus.

We decided to try to get to one of these sights, the Oscar Neimeyer Museum building (see photo), on public transport ... we were sent to four different bus stops before we caught something in vaguely the right direction from one of those wonderful bus shelters ... walked back! Of course, our lack of Portuguese does not help.

Coming back into Brazil reminds us how good the breakfasts are, usually included in the room price, in contrast with the rest of S America where its usually a simple continental breakfast. This morning - fruit (melon, water melon, pineapple, papaya, orange, banana), eggs and hot sausages, cereals, cakes, ham, mortadella, cheese, various fresh fruit juices, and other goodies ... Shame most of the main meals tend to be meat + rice + chips (yes, rice plus chips) !

Curitiba - Historic area 1

Curitiba - Historic area 1


Curitiba - Historic area 2

Curitiba - Historic area 2


Curitiba - Historic area 3

Curitiba - Historic area 3


Curitiba - Historic area 4

Curitiba - Historic area 4


Curitiba - Historic area 5

Curitiba - Historic area 5


Curitiba - Downtown1

Curitiba - Downtown1


Curitiba - Downtown2

Curitiba - Downtown2


Curitiba - Downtown 3

Curitiba - Downtown 3


Curitiba - Downtown Bus Stops !

Curitiba - Downtown Bus Stops !


Curitiba - Downtown 4

Curitiba - Downtown 4


Curitiba - Downtown 5

Curitiba - Downtown 5


Curitiba - Downtown 6

Curitiba - Downtown 6


Curitiba - Museo Oscar Niemeyer

Curitiba - Museo Oscar Niemeyer


Curitiba - Historic area with resto

Curitiba - Historic area with resto


Curitiba - Historic area - Sunday market 1

Curitiba - Historic area - Sunday market 1


Curitiba - Historic area - Sunday market 2

Curitiba - Historic area - Sunday market 2


Curitiba - Historic area - Sunday market 3

Curitiba - Historic area - Sunday market 3

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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