In the middle of bustling Curitiba sits the expansive, green Tangua Park (Parque Tanguá). It is built around two rock quarries joined by a 150-foot (46-meter) tunnel as well as lakes and an artificial waterfall. Stroll around the park on foot, pedal around the quarries by bike, or simply relax and catch a beautiful sunset over the city.
Tangua Park is situated just 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the city center, providing a great respite from the hustle and bustle. The park is also great for observing some of the local flora and fauna such as Brazilian pine trees, armadillos, and mallards.
Tangua is typically included in a broader sightseeing tour of Curitiba on which you can also see key landmarks such as the Oscar Niemeyer Museum (Museu Oscar Niemeyer), the Wire Opera House (Ópera de Arame), and the Botanical Garden of Curitiba (Jardim Botânico de Curitiba).
Things to Know Before You Go
- Tangua Park is a must-see for nature lovers and those who would like a break from city life.
- A visit around the entire park takes about three hours, so wear comfortable shoes and sun protection for a pleasant experience.
- The paths and the public restrooms within the park are accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The park is situated on the outskirts of Curitiba. You can rent a car and drive to the park, where there is free parking. Alternatively, several city bus lines—including the tourism bus, Linha Turismo—stop at Tangua Park.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Tangua Park is just before sunset, when the sky transforms into a palette of colors. Visit the park after your city tour or busy day of sightseeing to relax and enjoy the tranquility. Curitiba is most pleasant during spring (September to December) and autumn (March to June), when the weather is pleasant and there is less rain.
The Construction of Tangua Park
Before its inauguration, Tangua Park was intended to be an industrial waste recycling plant on the outskirts of the city. The idea was scrapped (no pun intended) and the city hired civil engineers to transform it into a public space. The park now boasts a large French-style garden with flower beds, water mirrors, and a gazebo as well as a 213-foot (65-meter) waterfall that drops right into the lakes.