While the falls at Foz do Iguaçu – that border Brazil and Argentina – is the main attraction in the south, the southern states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná, of which Curitiba is the capital, are full of contrasts and surprises. It is the region responsible for Brazil’s fine wines and most of the country’s outstanding beef. It is also the region where European influences mix with those of the ‘gaúchos’ and where, in the 17th century, the Jesuits built their missions alongside the settlements of the Guarani indians.
Curitiba, a town considered by urban planners to be near perfect in its concept, will host four games during the World Cup at the Arena da Baixada. The stadium, that has totally been renovated, opened originally in 1914 and is home to Clube Atlético Paranaense.
Unlike Rio de Janeiro, the south of Brazil has four distinct seasons including a real winter when the temperatures dip noticeably.
Arena da Baixada – Schedule:
Monday, 16 June, 16.00 (Iran x Nigeria)
Friday, 20 June, 19.00 (Ecuador x Honduras)
Monday, 23 June, 13.00 (Spain x Australia)
Thursday, 26 June, 17.00 (Algeria x Russia)