My first day in Curitiba I got a LOT of exercise!I felt like a true Brazilian.(In Rio there were always tons of people jogging along the beach - even in that heat!)I walked to and around their botanical garden which is one of the best in the world.I then walked all around the downtown area at night viewing the many parks and plazas.It is a very safe city with tons of parks and a beautiful pedestrian street full of flowers.It was pretty to see the buildings at night.
The next day I took the tourist train ride to Morretes.The lady gave the explanation in Portuguese but I understood most of it!The ride & the view were great & we learned that some of the interesting trees that we saw were native only to that area & Australia.There was Atlantic forest there & some streams & waterfalls and lots of tunnels & a skinny "flying" bridge.Once I got to Morretes I took the bus right back.(People do it all the time - the point is not the destination but the view along the way!)Back in Curitiba I took the hop-on/hop-off Linha Turistico bus to see some of the MANY sights they have around the city that are far apart.I went back to the Botanical Garden in order to experience the Jardim de Sensaciones that was set-up for blind people (or seeing people) to touch and smell a lot of different plants.The only other place I had time to see was the German Garden which was soooooooo cool.They did it in the style of the story of Hansel & Gretyl w/ the witch's house & a really cool trail w/ a yellow German-style house front at the bottom.The bus was annoying since it didn't stop long enough at the stops to take any pictures of anything else but I have a few mental pictures of the number of gorgeous parks and buildings of the town.I then survived my first night bus down to Iguazu.