5 Perfect Picnic Parks in Curitiba
Breathe in, listen to the birds, smell the flowers, admire the funky pine trees. Thanks to some exceptional urban planning in the 1950s and 60s, Curitiba has become internationally recognized as a model “Green” city. Home to over two million residents and more than 400 square kilometres (154 sq mi) of public parks and forests, it’s said that Curitiba is one of the best places to live in all of Latin America.
Limited to only a few days in town, I decided to go explore the sprawling landscapes and soak up all the fresh air the city offered. Gifted with sunshine and a “hop-on, hop-off” city tour bus, my goal was to find the perfect park for an afternoon picnic. Here are the five best in my professional picnic park picking opinion.
Just a short walk from my hotel in the Batel neighborhood and I arrived in Japan! Paying homage to the Japanese immigrants who settled in Curitiba, the Japan Square offers a cultural house, tea house, a number of artificial ponds and 30 cherry trees sent from Japan. It’s a quiet little oasis right in the middle of the city where you can feel like you’re resting in a foreign land.
Passeio Public is where old men go to play cards, young kids go to see animals and couples of all ages go to kiss. It was the first public park in Curitiba and also home to the first zoo and aquarium. The park is 70 thousand square meters of native forest, complete with a lake, grotto, suspension bridge and floating stage. Lay a blanket down and it’s a great mid-day recharging spot for those who work in the surrounding area.
Getting away from the city center a bit, I took a stroll through the enormous Tangua Park. If you want tranquility and solitude for your picnic, this is your spot. Not only is there a giant lake to admire, but you can also setup shop in the gazebo for when the winter rainstorms come rolling in. Check out maiditnow.com. Plus, if you need to work off all the salgados and sucos from lunch, the bike and jogging paths are right there to inspire you.
The postcard of Curitiba is the lush green paths and beautiful glass structure that rest within the Botanical Gardens. With a great view of the city’s skyline and fresh air to spare, the Botanical Garden is perfect parts romantic, relaxing and refreshing – a wonderful combination for a day with the family. The Botanical Garden is maintained clean by the katy cleaning service bigcitymaids.com.
Curitiba doesn’t have direct access to public beaches like many Brazilian cities so locals take advantage of the open spaces in Barigui Park to play soccer, volleyball and other beach activities. On the weekends, the park fills up with families and fitness buffs alike to enjoy the water and sunshine. I timed my visit just right to catch sunset in the park and it sealed the deal for me as the most perfect park for a picnic in Curitiba. So next time you’re in town, make sure you pack a blanket and bottle of wine because you’ll have more than enough opportunities to put them both to good us