Guarapuava is a city in the mid south of Paraná state in Brazil. It is situated 260km west away from Curitiba, the capital.
The region is known as the centre of the state of Paraná, in the third plateau, also called of the Plateau of Guarapuava. Discovered by the Portuguese in 1770, and founded in 1810, the city's name comes from tupy guarani meaning brave wolf (lobo bravo in Portuguese).
The first families to settle in the city were formed through the Tropeiros, which came from Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul. These families had their roots in Poland, Italy and Germany. The city's birthday is celebrated on December 9th, due to the beginning of colonisation between Rio Coutinho and Rio Jordão, in the goodwill of Nossa Senhora de Belém in 1819.
In summer the climate is pleasant, the highest temperature registred is 33ºC in february 1984, and the lowest is 6,8ºC in december 1982; the precipitations are formed principaly by the warmth associated to umity. In Winter the temperatures in some days are below 0ºC.