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2014 World Cup Brazil - Host city Curitiba   

Quick facts about Curitiba:

Curitiba is considered to be one of the best places to live in Brazil and curiously was the capital city of the country for 4 days in 1969.

Curitiba is the largest city in the south of Brazil and sits on a plateau over 3000 ft high, around 60 miles from the sea.

The city has significant European influences with German, Italian, Polish and Ukranian communities in the area. Foreign influences have given rise to many places of interest in Curitiba, with German, Portuguese and Italian woodland, Japanese and Ukranian gardens and French style botanical gardens. Green areas are important in the city and there are over 50 square metres of greenland for every Curitiba resident.

Tourism is growing in the area and there is a dedicated tourism line to allow visitors to get around all the major attractions. The Linha Turisma has a two and a half hour tour of the city with tourist information played over loud speakers in English.

Curitiba is the coldest of all of Brazil's state capitals due to its elevated position. In winter, when World Cup games will be played, it is not uncommon for temperatures to reach close to freezing.

Curitiba 2014 World Cup matches

To be confirmed

Curitiba World Cup stadium

The Arena da Baixada has been Curitiba's main football stadium - under several names and with several refurbs - for nearly 100 years. The stadium will be upgraded for the 2014 World Cup and the capacity will increase from 25 to 40,000.

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Curitiba is serviced by the Afonso Pena international Airport - around 12 miles south east of the city. The airport connects Curitiba to many locations in Brazil and South America, although flights to Curitiba from Europe will likely require transfers through other Brazilian airports. A small number of refurbishments will be made in time for the 2014 World Cup.

As well as the tourist line helping visitors get around Curitiba, the city also has a comprehensive bus service. The Rede Integrada de Transporte is a ground breaking system that has influenced similar plans in other major cities in South America and the rest of the world. The buses have designated lanes and are split into three sections - much longer than the normal 'bendy buses' seen in many European cities. Bus stops are specially designed tubes that allow easy access and alighting - particularly for disabled passengers.

Despite the ease of use of the bus service, Curitiba still suffers badly from overcrowding on the city's roads. There are over 1 million cars in Curitiba - the highest proportion of motor vehicles per head of population in the whole of Brazil.

 

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