25.02.2007 - 27.02.2007 24 °C
Rio to Curitiba was achieved by a 12 hour overnight bus taking the 900Km trip south. We got there in the morning feeling reasonably good.
We checked in to a basic hotel called Maia and stayed there for 3 nights.
The City itself is about the size of Perth (maybe a little bigger) or somewhere around the size of Oxford for the poms.
We found a delightful neighbourhood that was very European and had a Parisian feel in the main square, maybe an Italian feel. But you get the gist. It had cobbled streets, old colourful buildings and a quaint country market. We will download a few pictures when we get established.
We visited a place called Morrettes via the most spectacular railway in Brazil (if you read Lonely Planet). The LP was bob on as usual speaking about this journey to the coast (the train does not go there but stops short of the place by a bus ride) and we went on Monday the one day according to the LP the train does not run on.
The train is a descent over 3 hours or so through the city of Curitiba then to the countryside and down a valley. It was rather nice with some lovely scenery, but hardly the sell the LP made it. It might have been a tad better if we spoke fluent portuguese as the train tour guide offered none stop commentary on the trip but not in ingles.
We spent our evenings in the delighful neighbourhood eating and drinking in the local pub called Fire Fly which served some darn good grub and drinks and made Curitiba a rather delightful stopover on our way South to Montevideo.
Jay and Alli