2014 FIFA WORLD CUP: CURITIBA
THE 2014 WORLD CUP’S POSTER CITY
Curitiba today is the most populous city in the southern region of Brazil, with 1.8 million inhabitants, and stands right at the centre of a metropolitan area made up of 26 neighbouring cities. It is known internationally for its urban innovations and environmental practices. The capital city of Paraná is blessed with cultural diversity and an excellent infrastructure for receiving those who are visiting the city looking for museums, historic sites or green attractions.
There are several reasons to fall in love with Curitiba: the amazing mixture of people, the local customs and traditions, the wide variety of leisure and entertainment activities, beautiful parks and public squares, eye-catching monuments and memorials, not to mention the outstanding world-class restaurants and bars that offer traditional, local and Brazilian specialties such as barreado (a regional meat dish from Paraná), pinhão ( a type of pine nut) and carne de onça (jaguar meat).
The Arena da Baixada stadium has undergone a set of renovations to host the four matches that will be held in Curitiba, with investments of about US$122 million
In compliance with FIFA’s requirements, Curitiba will have 7,000 new hotel rooms to accommodate the visiting fans. The Afonso Pena International Airport has been renovated and can now handle over 8 million passengers per year.
Photo: Oscar Niemeyer museum by Joel Rocha