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12 cities in Brazil ready for their World Cup moment

By: Josh Lew on June 12, 2014, 7:43 a.m.
Botanical Garden of Curitiba

Photo: Diego Dacal/Flickr

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Long considered one of Brazil's safest and most user-friendly cities, Curitiba is the capital of the southeastern state of Parana. Though it is only 60 miles from the coast, the city sits at an elevation of more than 3,000 feet. Many of Curitiba's inhabitants came from Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe in the mid-19th century, and these cultures are still well-represented in the city today. The picturesque botanical garden is the perfect example of Curitiba attractiveness: green, well-organized and classy. For tourists headed to the famous Iguaçu Falls from Rio or São Paulo, Curitiba is a popular pit stop. The city's Arena da Baixada will host four group stage games during the World Cup.