My Little Part of Curitiba

I live in the city of Curitiba in the state of Paraná in the south of Brazil.  It is a relatively prosperous city and also quite organised.  In the last 30 years the city has expanded at a phenomenal rate which initially saw the city expanding geographically.  In recent years it has reached the limits of this expansion and so more and more new high-rise buildings are going up in the centre of the city, often at the expense of old, traditional buildings.

These photos have been put together as part of the Mulitcultural Kids Blog project called ‘Your Neighbourhood Around the World.’

A View from the Balcony

Paraná Football Club stadium and Mercado Municipal in Curitiba.

Paraná Football Club stadium and Mercado Municipal in Curitiba.

I live on the 19th floor of a building at the edge of the city centre.  This photo looks out to the front and left of my building where you can see in the background the football ground for Paraná FC.  This is the third biggest team in the city and for the last few years they have been languishing in the second division.  At the moment they are in 4th place and hoping to win promotion back to the top league.

Just in front of the football stadium you can see the coach station which is currently undergoing a refurbishment which will hopefully be ready in time for the world cup.

In the foreground you can Mercado Municipal, or the City Market.  This is the best place to go for fresh fruit and vegetables.  Also, if you want some special ingredients or a really good bottle of wine you’ll find it here.  It started out as a small market in the white building on the left but has since expanded to take up much of the block.  Earlier in the year they opened to latest extension which you can see as the glass fronted building to the left.

Building Site in Curitiba, Brazil.

Building Site in Curitiba, Brazil.

In recent years Curitiba has resembled a building site as the country has experienced a boom.  This photo looks straight out of the front of our flat and you can see what will be the tallest building in Curitiba when it is finished some time in 2015.  It is difficult to see, but just behind this building is the football stadium for Atlético Paranaense where they will be holding games for the World Cup, assuming it is finished in time.

Looking Down on Curitiba

Looking Down on Curitiba

And this is the view straight down from our balcony.  You can see a play area with a football pitch and basket ball court as well as the other buildings.

Mountains

Serra do Mar, Curitiba

Serra do Mar, Curitiba

This is the view from our building.  You can see another building going up as well as the mountains in the background.  They are partially hidden by the clouds but when the sun is out they are pretty amazing.  Unfortunately I don’t think I’ve seen them for the last 10 days due to the cloud cover.  On the other side of these mountains is the beach, so most Curitibanos know them very well.

A Very Long Road

Rua Viscond de Guarapuava, Curitiba

Rua Visconde de Guarapuava, Curitiba

Apart from a few neighbourhoods, Curitiba is based on a grid system.  This is one of the main roads in the city and is usually jammed with traffic.

School

This is my son’s pre-school.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but they inside it is pretty cool.  This is a common feature of buildings in Curitiba in that they often look quite bland from the street, but once inside they come alive.

A pre-school in Curitiba

A pre-school in Curitiba

Play Areas

A play area in Curitba

A play area in Curitiba

We have lots of parks in Curitiba, but very little in the way of swings and slides and other stuff you usually get in parks for kids.  This is a little space near my flat that has a public football pitch/basketball court.

Trees

Parana Pine

Parana Pine

Curitiba is famous for its pine trees, known as the Araucaria or Paraná Pine.  These trees are at the back of my flat and to be honest they aren’t very good specimens.  When you get a proper old tree they are very impressive.

A Traditional Building

An older building in Curitiba

An older building in Curitiba

In this photo you can see an older, more traditional style of house.  Most of them have now disappeared to be replaced with high-rise buildings.  The graffiti on the walls next to the house is in front of vacant land.  I have the feeling that pretty soon the vacant land and this old house will be built on.

Public Transport

A dedicated road just for big orange busses in Curitiba

A dedicated road just for big orange busses in Curitiba

A big orange Curitibano bus

A big orange Curitibano bus

Meet any Curitibano and it won’t take long for them to tell you about their transport system.  Apparently they invented the bi-articulated bus, and although I can’t find any evidence for that they certainly have a very extensive system of dedicated roads just for busses and emergency transport.

The Market

This is the market that was in the photo from my balcony, but this time from street level.  You can see the old part and the new part more clearly here.

Mercado Municipal, Curitiba, from street level

Mercado Municipal, Curitiba, from street level

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22 thoughts on “My Little Part of Curitiba

  1. Oh, dear, so many very tall buildings! I have gotten unused to seeing so much concrete raising up from the ground. Well, I suppose this is what being cooped up in the suburbs with small children will do to you… 🙂

    Thank you for sharing. It has been such an interesting experience learning about your little part of Curitiba. Those roads dedicated for public transport are a very good idea, considering the traffic. Actually, it may be a very good idea anywhere.

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    • It is true that we have a lot of concrete. So long as it isn’t raining (like it has been for the last 10 days) then we aren’t really cooped up as we have a decent play space downstairs and there are lots of parks around to burn a bit of energy.

      The bus lanes would be great for any medium to large city, if they can find the space.

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  2. Thanks for the look around your neighborhood! My daughter and I were in Curitiba with friends a couple of years ago, and it looks like it’s changed a lot even since then. Hopefully we’ll get back down there soon to see all the new stuff. 😉

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  3. It has been lovely to look around your neighborhood Stephen it looks very large it was as good as going on the tour bus..

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    • Thanks Gerri. I still haven’t done the tour bus but I am hoping to do it with mum and dad when they arrive in a few weeks. I’ll make sure I take some photos and put them online, too.

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  4. Wonderful post. From the view of your balcony it seems like you live in the same area as a very good friend of my husbands. I haven’t been to Curitiba for several years and seeing your pictures brought back wonderful memories of the days I spent there. Hopefully I will make it back there soon!

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  5. I loved your post. I loved the way you told the story of everything and it made a very interesting tour. You have such a beautiful view from you balcony. Thanking you for taking the time to do this post.

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  6. Thank you for this tour of your neighborhood! I have heard great things about public transportation in Brazil so it was really interesting to read a little more about it here.

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    • Thanks for your comment.

      Curitiba is one of the best cities in all of Latin America for its public transport. However, the rest of Brazil leaves a lot to be desired and even here there hasn’t been much investment over the last 10 years.

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  8. My cousin said Brazil was beautiful but he has only been to Rio Di Janeiro. And said it was the most dangerous place he had ever been to. It’s nice to know that there are place in Brazil that are not so dangerous as what he told me.

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    • Hi Dina, I lived in Rio for about 4 years and, while there are definitely dangerous parts, I never experienced anything at all.

      Curitiba is a long way from Rio and is very different in nearly all respects.

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