Golden beaches and lush mountains, samba-fueled nightlife and spectacular football matches.
Christ the Redeemer Statue, Maracanã Football Stadium, Ipanema Beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Bonde Streetcar, Corcovado Mountain, Botanical Gardens, Copacabana Beach, Tijuca National Park
Flights on GOL and Azul airlines from Curitiba to Fox do Iguaçu. It is about a 2 hour flight.
Trip cost covered: Pickup at airport and transport to hotel; transport to Itaipu Dam (ticket cost R$26, $13 for over 60 years, ticket price was not included in tour); back to hotel. Next day, pickup at hotel to Parques des Aves and Parques Nacional des Iguaçu and Cataratas Brasileira. Cost for the Parques des Aves was extra for R$28 and for Cataratas was R$50); then transport to hotel. Cost of trip was about R$840 per person, without the additional tickets. This also included the airfare to and from Curitiba and the hotel in Iguaçu.
The train from Curitiba to Morretes or Paranaguá lasts about 3-4 hours and among its 110 kilometers of railway line extension you get to see amazing landscapes, rich animal and vegetation biodiversity, spectacular bends, canyons and gorges, waterfalls and a lot more.
Also, during the trip the train passes through 14 tunnels, 30 bridges, beyond mountains and viaducts. The most famous is the Viaduto do Carvalho, suspended on five masonry pillars in the hillside of the rock, getting the sensation to be flying. Véu da Noiva, a 70 meters waterfall from Rio Ipiranga is another amazing sight to see.
Getting out in Morretes you may be received by the women association of the city selling products made of bananas and ginger (typical Morretes fruit and root) like candies, cookies, cachaças or pingas, natural flavored chips, etc.
After the tour, you can stroll and visit other tourist attractions in the historical cities of Morretes and Paranaguá. Eating the delicious Barreado for lunch is also a must do! Barreado, a typical dish of the Paraná State, Brazil, is a slow-cooked meat stew prepared in a clay pot whose lid is sealed with a sort of clay made from wheat or cassava flour, hence the name (which means, literally, "muddied"). Cost for Litorina train is about R$312 per person.
Museu Oscar Niemeyer - "Eye Museum" is a popular English nickname for the landmark building in Curitiba. O Nuvo Museu, Oscar Neimeyer Museum. Museo Oscar Neimeyer. A strange, beautiful, powerful, lyrical composition. Curving ramps connect across pool to sculptural eye and to long low layered box. Referred to as the "Eye Museum" because of its signature form.
Madalosso Restaurant and Santa Felicidade Village - One of the best-known establishments for Italian cuisine in Curitiba, Madalosso diners. The prix-fixe menu includes a huge selection of pastas and sauces, chicken dishes, and salads. The gnocchi and lasagna are particularly noteworthy. The restaurant keeps a large wine cellar, with many renowned Brazilian and international wines, as well as a house wine, made for the restaurant in the vineyards of Rio Grande do Sul.
Panoramic Tower - It is a telecommunication tower, built on the highest part of the city, in the Mercês neighborhood. The tower, with its 109.5 meters high, allows for a 360° panoramic view of Curitiba, at the top deck. It was inaugurated in 1991 and it is managed by Oi company and the Instituto Municipal de Turismo. A Telephone Museum can also be visited in the tower.
Botanical Garden - The garden houses part of the campus of the Federal University of Paraná. Opened in 1991 it was created in the style of French gardens. There are waterfalls, lakes, fountains and the main glass greenhouse, which resembles the Crystal Palace in London. The park occupies 240,000 m2 in area. The museum onsite provides a national reference collection of native flora. The native forest is filled with paths for strolling. There is a special display about the city’s national tree – the Araucaria.