Curitiba Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil)

Curitiba is a busy city and comes with a good selection of attractions for sightseeing tourists. However, it should be noted that a number of the city's sights and places of interest do tend to close on Mondays.

A notable family attraction founded in 1982, the Parque Regional do Iguacu is located on the Avenida Marechal Floriano Peixoto, where it serves as the biggest urban park in the whole of Brazil, covering around 2,000 acres / 800 hectares. Additional Curitiba attractions include the beautiful Jardim Botanico (Botanic Gardens), the ancient ruins of Sao Francisco, and a somewhat bewildering and rather overwhelming choice of theatres.

Jardim Botanico (Botanic Gardens)

Address: Rua Engenheiro Ostoja Roguski, Bairro do Jardim Botanico, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, BR
Tel: +55 041 3362 1800
An iconic symbol of Curitiba that regularly appears in promotional material, the Jardim Botanico features a series of formal French-inspired gardens, with nearby clipped hedges and endless carpets of flowers. The centrepiece is made up of a curvaceous art-nouveau style glasshouse, which towers over the surrounding gardens and contains numerous tropical plant collections, many of which are indigenous. Other attractions include lakes, waterfalls, fountains, sculptures, forest trails and the Museu Botanico de Curitiba (Botanical Museum), which houses various exhibitions, a theatre and a well-stocked library.
Open hours: daily, September to March - 06:00 to 21:00; April to August - 06:00 to 20:00
Admission: free

Parque Regional do Iguacu / Zoológico (Iguacu Park / Zoo)

Address: Avenida Marechal Floriano Peixoto, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, BR
Tel: +55 041 3378 1221
The spacious Parque Regional do Iguacu is divided into a group of different attractions, which include sports facilities, fishing, woodland trails, orchards and the Zoológico. Iguacu Park's extremely popular zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals originating from throughout Latin America. On fine days, the park's river beach area and barbecue pits quickly fill up with sunseekers.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 08:30 to 16:00, Saturday and Sunday - 08:30 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children


Address: Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, BR
If you are looking for evening entertainment, then the theatres of Curitiba are worth considering. Located on the Rua 15 de Novembro, next to the Praca Santos Andrade, the Centro Cultural Teatro Guaira (Guaira Theatre Cultural Centre) is one of South America's largest, being able to accommodate audiences of around 3,000 people within its three auditoriums. Dating back to 1900 and rebuilt in 1952, regular shows are staged here, with performances by the Paraná Symphony Orchestra and the Teatro de Comédia do Paraná (Paraná Comedy Theatre Group).

Standing within the Prado Velho neighbourhood, the Teatro Paiol (Barn Theatre) is an important cultural space occupying a circular building that once functioned as an military arsenal. Built in 1875, the Teatro Paiol was converted to its present-day use in 1971, creating a spacious auditorium capable of seating 225 people.
Open hours: daily - hours vary according to performance
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors and children

Other Parks and Gardens

Address: Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, BR
Curitiba is a very green city and its list of parks and gardens is almost endless. Although the Jardim Botanico does stand out in particular, with its immaculate planting and beautiful seasonal flower displays, many others really do warrant a mention and if you have the time, a visit. These include the following:

Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Sao Francisco Ruins

Address: Praca Joao Candido, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, BR
The stone ruins of Sao Francisco are located on the Praca Joao Candido and filled with history and legends. This structure was destined to become the Igreja de Sao Francisco de Paula (Church of St. Francis of Paola), and in fact in 1811, both the sacristy and the chapel elements were completed. However, in 1860, the stones allocated to finish the church were used in the building of the Catedral Basilica Menor de Nossa Senhora da Luz (Basilica Cathedral Minor of Our Lady of Light). Locals enjoy telling stories of the pirates who used to live here in the tunnels. Today, various leisure attractions, shops and offices comprise the 'Ruins Arcades'.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free