Curitiba – a city of around 3 million people, 400 km (250 miles) south of São Paulo – is a very modern city, strongly influenced by immigration in the 19th and early 20th century. Italian, German, Polish, Japanese and many other influences reflect in the culture and openness of Curitibanos, who are very friendly and helpful with foreigners.

Curitiba is the perfect place to start discovering Brazil, but still feel safe and easily at home: as a medium-sized city, it is easier to manage than the 20 million of São Paulo or the 13 million of Rio de Janeiro. There are flight connections to all major Brazilian regions, and many great attractions to discover close to home: parks, restaurants, cultural activities and, of course, fantastic natural landscapes: the Atlantic Rainforest, the amazing Iguaçu Waterfalls or, a short 2 hour drive away, the beautiful Honey Island “Ilha do Mel”, on the coast of the state of Paraná.