#WorldCup Cheat Sheet: Curitiba City Guide
(With contributions by Yahoo Brazil editors Cassiano Gobbet, Fernando Vives, and Tainah Fernandes)
Yahoo Travel continues its daily guides to all the World Cup host cities. Even if you’re not a fan of the beautiful game, you may discover your next South American escape. Keep checking back for more.
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Stadium: Arena da Baixada, 40,000 capacity
Games: June 16 (Iran vs. Nigeria), June 20 (Honduras vs. Ecuador), June 23 (Australia vs. Spain), June 26 (Algeria vs. Russia)
Known for: Jardim Botanico, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Italian cantinas, and its pedestrian-loving historic center.
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Lowdown: One of the lesser-known cities, the capital of Paraná prides itself on an enviable infrastructure—from public transport to its parks—that seems almost out of place in chaotic Brazil. Curitibanos themselves reflect the city’s heritage as a 19th-century immigrant destination for Polish, Germans, and Italians, among others. Ironically, despite being famed for its efficiency, Curitiba barely squeaked in finishing its new World Cup stadium.
View: Even raptors and vultures perch on the ledges at Oi’s cellular tower Torre Panoramica to take in views. A modest museum outlines the history of the phone. (Rua Prof. Lycio Grein de Castro Vellozo, 191, Merces)