Port of Paranaguá

Paranaguá is a port city in Paraná.


Paranaguá means "big round sea" in the Tupi-Guarani language, a reference to the wide bay that affords the city optimal conditions to function as an important port. The city was originally founded somewhere around 1550 on the island of Cotinga, and later expanded onto the mainland. The city preserves many of the oldest colonial remnants in Paraná. It also serves as a convenient departure point for Ilha do Mel.

Historic houses

Get in

By train

By boat

Paranagua is linked by passenger launch to Guaraqueçaba, Ilha do Mel, and Ilha do Superagui.


Elfrida Lobo House


Popular items to pick up here include handicrafts and black pottery casserole dishes made as in colonial times for slow cooking the local stews.


Sea food can be had fresh daily. As in much of Brasil the best/economical places to eat are the "por quilo" or all you can eat restaurants; these are sprinkled throughout the downtown area.


For the interested, there are many artesanal cachacas (sugar cane liquor) coming to market in Paranaguá.


Several reasonable places downtown including a hostel right on the waterfront next to the passenger boat ticket office.

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