Curitiba is an important cultural, political and economic center in Latin America and its population is largely descended from German, Ukrainian, Russian, Italian and Polish immigrants. The city is located in the South of Brazil, in the State of Paraná. Curitiba brings a European charm that sets it apart from most of Brazil and is full of sights such as the Opera House wire, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, the Botanical Gardens, the Panoramic Tower (right next to Ilapeo) and several parks scattered throughout the city's neighborhoods. The city and the environment are in perfect harmony.
One theory is that the name "Curitiba" comes from the Tupi words kurí tyba, "many pine seeds" due to the large number of pinecones of Parana pines in the region prior to its founding. Another version, also using words from the Tupi language, is that it originates in the combination of kurit (pine tree) and yba (large amount).
The best area to stay in Curitiba is Batel district, next to Crystal Shopping Mall and Praça da Espanha (Spain Square).
Batel is considered the most upscale neighborhood of Curitiba and has acquired a reputation for thriving nightlife, restaurants, and shops.
Neodent’s Headquarters is besides Crystal Shopping Mall.
The inhabitants of Curitiba consider the art of cooking and cuisine to be an integral part of their culture. Food in Curitiba is cheap, tasty and available very conveniently at the numerous cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the city.
When in Curitiba you should go to a “Churrascaria” (Steakhouse), the most appreciated dish in the city. Typically steakhouses also offers alternative food as Japanese buffet or Italian food.