Ecological Capital of Brazil

Curitiba. Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden - © Christian Knepper/Embratur

Curitiba is unique. It was founded in 1693 on the shade of Parana pines. In fact, "Kur ity ba" is a Guaraní name that means pine-kernels.

It's the capital of the State of Parana, Brazil, and one of the preferred places for European immigrants: Italians, Poles, Germans, Ukrainians, etc. who settled down in 19th. century. This can be appreciated in the variety of its cuisine, the particular way of speaking Portuguese and the number of monuments and public places dedicated to them. A genuine mixture of cultures.

The well-being of the citizen is the main preoccupation of the city, whose urban expansion is planned so as to avoid stress for its inhabitants. Through a thoughtful city planning - that started with a Master Plan in 1965 - this is a superb example of integration between environmentally-friendly policies, public transport, social programs, waste management (recycling programs), expansion of green areas, etc...