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Riding The Rails in Brazil: Curitiba to Morretes
Taking the train from the Curitiba, westward to the costal city of Morrontès is a must do experience if you find yourself in Brazil. Well worth the trip south from Sào Paulo or Rio De Janeiro. Curitiba, the capital of Paranà, has all the charm of Brazilian culture and is Brazil's leading city on the Human Development Index, with more city space devoted to parks than any other. The train ride is fairly inexpensive, with tickets ranging from $50 USD for coach tickets to $200 USD for deluxe accommodation. My advice is to divide the 6 hour round trip ride into two segments and take advantage of the numerous riverside restaurants in Morrontès. The local dish of the region is Barreado, a slow cooked meat stew that is sealed with a cassava flour clay lid.
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