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Oct 4, 2007 - Curitiba and the Serra Verde Express!

The bus journey to Curitiba was long. We took a bus during the day to Sao Paulo and then waited for the overnight bus to Curitiba...almost 24 hrs after we left Paraty, we arrived in Curitiba...we took a cab to Hotel Tibagi, as it was 4.30am and still dark. That meant that it was not until a few hours later that we got a proper chance to look about...Hotel Tibagi (or Hotel Debarcal Flea Ridden Potato Gratin - as we now call it - long story!) was a red concrete tower block completely stuck in the 1970s. The outside, the inside, the mad light...

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Jul 24, 2007 - Day 27 -- Curitiba

Day 27 -- Tuesday, July 24 -- Curitiba Today is my last full day in Brazil. I had two goals for the day. In the morning I wanted to visit "Rue das Flores", which according to my guide book was a pedestrian-only street downtown with many interesting shops. In the afternoon, I wanted to take the bus to Sao Paulo. Those seemed like simple goals. They would both prove to be difficult. I checked out of my hotel (leaving my luggage to collect later) and hailed a taxi. I handed the driver a piece of paper with the words "Rue das Flores". (Recall...

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Jul 23, 2007 - Day 26 -- Morrettes, Brazil

Day 26 -- Monday, July 23 - Morrettes, Brazil For the third time on this trip, I spent the night in transit with no hotel. The previous two times, my bed was in the First Class section of a jet. Tonight, my bed was on a luxury bus. I'd never had a bed on a bus before and was looking forward to finding out what it would be like. It turned out to be a double-decker bus. My seat was on the 2nd floor. (In hindsight this was a bad idea since there's nothing to see with all the shades drawn shut and the upper floor of the bus sways more from...

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Apr 6, 2007 - Curitiba

Arrived in Curitiba at about 10pm after being on the bus for 10 hours, We were so tired cause there was an accident on the road here and we ended up being 3 hours delayed. Then we went to our hotel which was absolutely gorgeous and went straight to bed. Next day all we could do is walk around because everywhere is closed because its good friday. Our tour leader Pablo, he is so cool.... told us to take it easy today cause we have a 10 hour bus journey to Iguazu Falls tonight. The buses are amazing here aswell. They are like first class on...

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Kevin and Catherine

Mar 13, 2007 - Luiz's story

Today was a travel day from Parati to Curitiba via Rio. After an early breakfast we were met by our driver who greeted us in English. His name was Luiz and this is his story. Luiz was born in the favelas of Rio. His father worked hard but drank a lot. When Luiz's uncle was released from prison, he came to live with the family and things began to disintegrate as the uncle pulled the family into drug trafficing. Luiz eventually lost his whole family to trafficing - mother, father, sister and brother. As a young boy with no family, he found...

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Peters Brazil 2007

Aug 6, 2006 - Curitiba

Esta es una ciudad que mas parece europea que brasilera, tanto fisicamente como etnicamente. Bastante limpia, ordenada, mas o menos segura (excepto por ciertas areas), etc. El 80% o mas de la gente es blanca. Aunque no hay tanto que ver, es bonito pasearse, caminar, descansar, y disfrutar de los precios mas baratos que en Rio y São Paulo! Segun dicen, aqui la gente no tiene el "espiritu brasilero", son mas frios y menos simpaticos, pero yo aun no he notado eso, hasta ahora "tudo bem". Hay una "Rua 24 Horas" donde supuestamente todo queda...

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Jun 28, 2006 - Curitiba

Well, I've headed off on my own for a few days, as Dan and Edwin are going to the Iguacu Falls and then through Argentina to Buenos Aires, while I'm going down to Montevideo and meeting them in BA. The journey down here was rubbish - I got a convenience bus as it was the cheapest... which was a bit of a mistake. It appears that as well as using the oldest buses in the fleet, convenience class also isn't allowed to use flat roads (I'm sure that at one point we were actually driving, for about half an hour, alongside the nice smooth motorway...

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Geraint's World Trip

Jan 20, 2006 - Curitiba

A lady I sat next to on a bus ride had told me not to bother with Curitiba and go straight to Rio. On the other hand, Mauricio had told me that Curitiba was a pretty city with beautiful botanic gardens. I decided to visit. Curitiba is known throughout Brazil as being a well planned city. Well... it was so well planned it reminded me of Singapore, had no soul whatsoever. There was a legendary street Rua 24 horas, known as such because it it open 24 hours. I don't know why, but I had images of a street like Broadway or Oxford Street in my...

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Dec 16, 2005 - Nightbus to Curitibá

Fantastic comfort: we really slept and most of us had as good a night as in the hotels we frequent (even though admittedly most of these are not great). The only little set-back was a gearbox problem that immobilised us just outside Foz. That was a good place to break down as there was a mechanic nearby. After an hour and a half, we were on our way again. Arriving in Curitibá at 9.00 a.m., at a real hotel this time. Time to visit the city before we head off again tomorrow morning. Curitibá, capital of Parana, 1.5 million inhabitants, is...

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Oct 26, 2005 - Curitiba

Oct 17: Another sad goodbye this morning at breakfast, as Paul and Emmma are heading on to Argentina, and we get on the bus again, bound for Curitiba. We drive for about seven hours through the massive cattle ranches and landscape of the Mata Grosso do Sul, until we arrive in Curitiba, one of the wealthiest cities in Brazil. The contrast between Bolivia's and Brazil's infrastructure had been increasingly evident as we travelled- visible in the state of roads, the number of 'favelas' or shantytowns, even in the public washrooms (i.e. in...

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Jul 5, 2005 - Ihla do Mel

There ended up being a number of us from the train ride who were all heading for Ilha do Mel (Honey Island) and we all jumped on the bus for an hours bus ride to Paranaguá. It has to be one of the hardest bus rides we've done - all of us stood up on a packed bus trying to balance our backpacks so that they didn't go flying when the bus driver did one of his frequent Starsky & Hutch style stops! We pretty much all tumbled off the bus when we arrived and were quite relieved to have a few hours recovery period before catching the boat to Ilha...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Jul 4, 2005 - Curitiba

Our main reason for going to Curitiba was to catch the famous train to Paranaguá, but we're glad we went there anyway. It has a good atmosphere to the place, although not a huge amount for tourists to do there, so a one day stop was enough! There's a small old town area with Portuguese style buildings which was pretty cool. Unfortunately we were in Curitiba the one day that the tourist bus doesn't run, and most of the other sights were out of the centre of town, so we had to amuse ourselves wandering around the shopping districts...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

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