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8 places to escape the heat of summer in the Southern Hemisphere

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 25, 2014, 3:07 p.m.
Frost at the Botanical Garden of Curitiba

Photo: Samir Nosteb/Wikimedia Commons

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Curitiba, Brazil

During this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, many of the matches were played in obviously hot and humid conditions. If you watched closely, you saw that in one of the host cities, players were not drenched with sweat after the first two minutes of the match. This city was Curitiba. Because of its altitude, more than 2,000 feet above sea level, Curitiba has a distinctly cool but rarely freezing winter season. In June and July, highs generally stretch into the low 60s, with lows in the 40s.

This light-jacket weather won't please winter sports enthusiasts, but it is ideal for exploring a place many people consider Brazil's cleanest, safest and most user-friendly city. This metropolis of 2 million boasts botanic gardens, culture-themed parks dedicated to the immigrants who make up the local population and a bus network that is the envy of other mid-sized cities.