Curitiba, standing some 3,000 feet (914 meters) above sea level on the plateau of Serra do Mar, is the capital of the progressive state of Paraná. Since the late 1800's, Curitiba's bracing climate and picturesque location have attracted immigrants of Slav, German, and Italian origin. Curitiba grew rapidly after 1950 and it is known for the sensible manner in which it became a major city without losing a comfortable life-style. Curitiba is setting international stands not only for its sound environmental policies, but also for the enthusiastic way its citizens embrace and uphold them. The city derives its economic prosperity from its role as commercial and processing center for the expanding agricultural and ranch areas in the hinterlands as well as from its diverse industrial output.
In the southern Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Curitiba, the subrtopical climate is similar to parts of the U.S. and Europe with frosts occurring with some frequency. In this region temperatures can fall below freezing.
South of Rio, the seasons are more noticeable and the annual range of temperature greater. The average temperature for this part of the country is in the range between 63ºF to 66ºF (17-19ºC).
Seasons in Brazil are the reverse of those in the U.S. and Europe:
- Spring =September 22 to December 21
- Summer =December 22 to March 21
- Autumn =March 22 to June 21
- Winter =June 22 to September 21
So I'll get to experience most of the weather, dependent upon where I'm at at any given time. Also, after speaking to a Brazilian from São Paulo, I found out that Curitiba has a good selection of wildlife that is much different from here in the SE region of the US. He said they have capybaras, jaguars, parrots and macaws, monkeys, and tapirs. Here all we have is deer, raccoons, squirrels, and opossums. Not exactly awe-inspiring.