Brazil Destinations, Londrina

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Londrina is a city located in the north of the state of Paraná, South Region, Brazil, and is 369 km
away from the capital, Curitiba. Londrina was originally founded by British settlers and has 500.000
inhabitants.
The second largest city of Paraná stands out for good services, green areas, universities and
organized traffic. With an eye on tourism, is gaining brand new hotels of large chains that get
crowded during the Festival International of Londrina. The theater event takes place in June and is
considered one of the most important of its kind in the country, bringing together over a hundred
thousand people between spectators, national and international artists. Performances are held in
different parts of the city, including squares, parks, prisons and slums.
The privileged nature also draws attention to Londrina, making the waterfall Salto Apucaraninha one
of the city postcards. A panoramic viewpoint reveals the beauty of the fall, 118 meters high. The fall is
80 kilometers distant from the center, and 20 km of dirt road.
The State Park Mata dos Godoy, busy recreation area, is a true haven for flora species threatened
with extinction, such as mahogany, cedar and rosewood ivory. Also can be seen in the area
numerous birds and animals, sighted through the trails that spread by 800 preserved hectares.
The meeting point ­ and urban reference ­ of Londrina is the lake Igapó. Perfect for practicing water
sports, the area also offers bike paths, jogging track, gardens designed by Burle Marx, fountain,
waterfall and theater. The Historical Museum Father Carlos Weiss is worth a visit, occupying the
beautiful building of the former Londrina Train Station. The English architecture reveals the space that
guards the memory of the golden age of coffee rush in the region ­ until the 70s, the product was the
basis of the city’s economy.
Even today, however, the smell of coffee is still in the air. Nearby are three large factories: Cacique,
Itamaraty e Café Iguaçu. To learn more about this part of history was created the Rota do Café
(Coffee Route) that runs through historic farms, rural restaurants and museums. The rural area, by
the way, deserves attention. There are the Casa Muller Winery , a small farm that produces
handmade colonial wines; and the Strassberg restaurant, famous for pies and German recipes such
as duck, kassler and risen.
The best places to shop are the Royal Plaza shopping (in the center of the city), shops on the
boardwalk and shopping Catuaí (farther from the center).
The Bus Station looks like a flying saucer, an Oscar Niemeyer’s project.

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