We arrived in Curitiba at about 7am after an overnight bus from Foz do Iguacu but we had to wait until 11.30am to find out if we could have a room (or even a bed) in the only hostel in the city - otherwise it would have to be one of the many cheap, and slightly seedy looking, hotels! There were plenty of nice hotels too but way, way out of our price range!
Fortunately we were able to get a room so we freshened up and went to have a look around Curitiba and get some lunch. It's like most cities, it's got nice parts and horrible parts and there were certainly a few crazy people wandering around!
The next day we got up nice and early (again) and got the Serra Verde Express train, which is a scenic train from Curitiba to Morretes and Paranagua.
The train ride was like going back in time. People waved at the train as it went by and some that lived along the railway line would come out especially to see the train go by.
The journey to Morretes is exciting with many tunnels and views that go on forever. Most of the way there is dense rainforest either side of the track with the odd old building which is no longer in use. The mountain ranges and valley's are vast and the train track winds it's way round the rugged landscape. The only downside is all the people on board the train all scrambling to get a good photograph!
The majority of passengers left the train at Morretes but we stayed on to Paranagua. From Morretes to Paranagua the scenery isn't as good but you really see it as a working railway line as you spend some time going through the port area of Paranagua which is where the export a lot of the produce from the Southern Brazilian states, so it was still interesting.