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XXV Iufro World Congress

Curitiba, Paraná – Host City and State of IUFRO2019

Curitiba was founded in 1693 and became the capital of Paraná State in 1854. The city is located at an altitude of 945 m. It currently presents about 430 km² and 1.9 million inhabitants.

Curitiba is a word of Tupi-Guarani origin, the language of several indigenous peoples. Kuri means pine (araucaria), and Tyba, place with great amount of something. Therefore, Curitiba is the land of "pinheirais" meaning land of many araucarias. The tree in the shape of a candelabrum (Araucaria angustifolia) is one of the symbols of Paraná State.


The average summer temperature is 21 °C, reaching 32 °C on the hottest days. Although it can reach temperatures below 0 °C, the average in winter is 13 °C. Heat waves during the winter and summer cold weather are not uncommon. Large variations can happen on the same day, especially in the fall and spring. There is no dry season in the region, with rainfalls frequent throughout the year. The congress will be held during the spring and temperature is expected to range from 12 °C to 23 °C.

The City

It presents near 102 km² of green areas, which includes urban forests, parks, squares, gardens and the famous Botanical Garden. Curitiba had 54 m² of green area per inhabitant in 2016. These green areas are scattered throughout the city, and many stretch along rivers and valleys.

To know more about parks and green areas to visit in Curitiba, visit: http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/conteudo/parques-e-bosques-smma/267

How to get to Curitiba

Curitiba is located about 340 km from São Paulo, 680 km from Rio de Janeiro and 1,390 km from Brasília.

Those who decide to come by plane will arrive at Afonso Pena International Airport, in São José dos Pinhais (metropolitan region of Curitiba), 18 km from downtown. There are frequent daily flights from all major cities in Brazil.

Visitors can rely on taxi, Uber or buses to get to their destination. At the airport, besides the traditional urban bus line, executive buses are available.