Curitiba is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Paraná. The city’s population numbered approximately 1,760,500 people as of 2010, making it the eighth most populous city in the country, and the largest in Brazil’s South Region. The Curitiba Metropolitan area comprises 26 municipalities with a total population of over 3.2 million (IBGE estimate in 2010),  making it the seventh most populous in the country.

Curitiba is an important cultural, political, and economic center in Latin America. The city sits on a plateau at 932 meters (3,058 ft) above sea level. It is located 105 kilometres (65 mi) west of the seaport of Paranaguá and is served by the Afonso Pena International and Bacacheri airports. The city hosts the Federal University of Paraná, established in 1912.

In the 1700s Curitiba possessed a favorable location between cattle-breeding country and marketplaces, leading to a successful cattle trade and the city’s first major expansion. Later, between 1850 and 1950, it grew due to loggingand agricultural expansion in the Paraná State (first Araucaria logging, later mate and coffee cultivation and in the 1970s wheat, corn and soy bean cultivation). In the 1850s waves of European immigrants arrived in Curitiba, mainly Germans, Italians, Poles and Ukrainians, contributing to the city’s economic and cultural development. Nowadays, only smaller numbers of foreign immigrants arrive, primarily from Middle Eastern and other Latin American countries.

Curitiba was one of the host cities of the 1950 FIFA World Cup, and again for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Oscar Niemeyer Museum


Palácio Avenida


Barigui Park


Tour bus




Ukrainian Memorial – Tingui Park


Oscar Niemeyer Museum


Tanguá Park


Former City Hall


Parque Tanguá

Tanguá Park

Praça do Japão

Japan Square

Visão aérea / Curitiba, Brazil

Aerial view / Curitiba, Brazil

Brasil Telecom Panoramic Tower

Brasil Telecom Panoramic Tower


Biarticulate Bus


Arena da Baixada Stadium

Joaquim Américo Guimarães Stadium (Arena da Baixada)

Universidade Federal do Paraná

Universidade Federal do Paraná (Santos Andrade Square)

Shopping Estação

Estação Mall

Jardim Botânico no inverno

Botanical Garden Park

Bosque do Alemão

Bosque do Alemão

Memorial Árabe

Arabian Memorial

Araucaria angustifolia

Araucaria angustifolia (Paraná pine)

Centro histórico. Curitiba, 29/11/2007 Foto: Ivan Bueno/SMCS

Historic center. Curitiba, 29/11/2007 Photo: Ivan Bueno

Botanical Garden Park

Teatro Ópera de Arame. Curitiba,16/11/2006 Foto:Orlando Kissner/SMCS

Ópera de Arame Theater. Curitiba,16/11/2006 Photo:Orlando Kissner

Barigui Park

UFPR , Praça Santos Andrade,Reg.Matriz. Curitiba, 10/03/2006 Foto: Cesar Brustolin/SMCS

Universidade Federal do Paraná, Santos Andrade Square, 10/03/2006 Photo: Cesar Brustolin