The city of Curitiba was officially founded in 1693 and became the capital of the state of Paraná in 1854. The city is situated at an altitude of 945 m, currently presenting about 430 km² and 1.9 million inhabitants. Curitiba is a word of Tupi-Guarani origin, the language of several indigenous tribes. Kuri means pine (araucaria), and Tyba, place with great amount of something. Therefore, Curitiba is the land of pinheirais or many araucarias. The tree, which is shaped like an umbrella (Araucaria angustifolia), is one of the symbols of the state of Paraná.
The average summer temperature is 21 ° C, reaching 32 ° C on the hottest days. Although it can reach temperatures below 0 ° C, the average in winter is 13 ° C. Heat waves during the winter and cold in the summer are not uncommon, and large variations can happen on the same day, especially in the fall and spring. There is no dry season and rains are frequent throughout the year. The congress will be held during the spring.
The city has about 102 square kilometers of green areas, which include urban forests, parks, squares and the famous Botanical Garden. Curitiba totaled 54 m² of green area per inhabitant in 2016. These green areas are scattered throughout the city, and many extend along the rivers and valleys. To know more about parks and green areas in Curitiba, acesse aqui.
Curitiba is located about 340 km from São Paulo, 680 km from Rio de Janeiro and 1,390 km from Brasilia. Transportation by interstate bus is very popular and has different companies that offer different schedules to attend a large public daily. Those who decide to arrive by plane, will descend at Afonso Pena International Airport, in São José dos Pinhais, Metropolitan Region of Curitiba, 18 km from the center of the capital of Paraná. Visitors can rely on bus or taxi to get to their destination. At the airport, besides the traditional urban line, executive buses are available.