Modelled after the world-renowned elegance of some of France’s foremost gardens, the Botanical Garden of Curitiba, or, in Portuguese, the Jardim Botânico de Curitiba, is one of the top landmarks of the city. The greenhouse, pictured here, is a two-storey metal structure that resembles the famous Crystal Palace of London; it is home to an exotic and wide-ranging collection of tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna that attracts tourists and researchers from all over the world.
The gardens were opened to the public in 1991 and are the fourth-largest herbarium in the country. It is a fabulous haven for nature lovers. There is a cycle track, an exposition area, a library, an auditorium and, of course, a fantastic greenhouse standing at the entrance of the garden. The garden is open daily, between 6am and 8pm.
The Espaço Cultural Frans Krajcberg Museum (opened in October 2003), located behind the greenhouse, has some beautiful works of art, including 114 huge sculptures and three tree-trunk carvings. Krajcberg, an artist of Polish-Brazilian descent, has taken up the cause of environmental conservation and the carvings are his gift to the city.
The gardens can be enjoyed at your own leisure, or as part of a larger city tour. For a special experience, consider taking an evening stroll through the grounds. The setting sun’s rays glinting off the glass of the greenhouse is a real sight to behold. Once the sun sets, the building is specially illuminated and creates a splendid contrast with the darkening sky.