Whenever travelers mention that they are going to Curitiba, people always advise them to take warm clothes. This is one thing you can be sure about in this city, for low temperatures have already become part of the lives of the curitibanos (residents of Curitiba).However, this is not the only piece of advice that may be given to the Curitiba-bound. He could also be told that he should arrive in Curitiba with his eyes wide open to see the signs of an urban scenario in which dwellers, environment and the urban area coexist in a harmoniously.
This co-existence itself has become a tourist attraction. Aligning this factor to the fact that the city has an infrastructure implemented specifically for receiving tourists, Curitiba is a city that is ready to welcome them and can truly state: “Make yourselves at home!”
The estimated population of Curitiba in 2007 is 1.8 million inhabitants, occupying the 7th position in the ranking of Brazilian capitals. In Paraná State, it stands out as the largest municipality in number of inhabitants, accounting for 17.5% of the total population.
The average rate of population growth in Curitiba, which reached 5.3% per year in the 1970´s decade, is currently at 1.7%. One main reason for the reducing population growth rate is the drop in birth rate.
Regarding age composition, the range of 15 to 29 years old account for 29% of the population. Women account for 52.05%, and Men for 47.95% of the total population.
Brazil does not require an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis for entry into the country. Travellers are encouraged, however, to ensure their routine immunizations are up to date (as recommended by their country of origin), since it is an effective and safe measure for the prevention of various diseases.
Few cases of malaria transmission have been reported in Brazil; such areas can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/travel-static/yellowbook/2014/map_3-23.pdf (Note: No transmission at Iguassu Falls.) If you plan to visit those areas (e.g. the Amazon), it is better to check with your physician about medications for malaria chemoprophylaxis.
Banks are open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed on weekends and public holidays. Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found almost everywhere. Some machines provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (in Brazilian Real, BRL) facilities for major credit cards.
Unfortunately, there have been several incidents related to ATMs being tampered with by hackers, who gain access to the cardholder’s access information. For this reason, it is recommended NOT to use ATMs at airports – rather, choose ATMs inside bank facilities.
If possible, use the currency exchange facilities at the airport to exchange some money for small expenses in cash, and prefer to use credit cards for your shopping, meals, and other large expenses.
Street stores are usually open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday; they are closed on Sundays.
Shopping malls are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and some stores are also open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Hotels: Usually hotel bills include service fees.
Restaurants: You are not obliged to tip, but most frequently, 10% is added to the bill and you are expected to pay, unless service has been really bad.
Taxis: Taxi drivers do not expect tips, but passengers are expected to round up the bill or pay a little more (e.g., 10%) if they are satisfied with the service.
FIEP – Federação das Indústrias do Estado do Paraná
Address: Centro de Eventos - Av. Com. Franco, 1341 - Jardim Botânico