Foz do Iguaçu - Travel Guide, Tour Tips and Accommodation

Foz do Iguaçu – Brasil Travel Guide, Tour Tips and Accommodation

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The Foz do Iguaçu region is a perfect place for tourism. The Iguaçu River Falls are the scene of most activities in Foz and surrounding areas. Visitors can enjoy it from viewpoints and walkways or by bus, boat, train or helicopter. But the Itaipu Hydroelectric Plant, which is the largest in the world in operation, can be explored in detail.

O tour by the region reserves purchases of imported products in Ciudad del Este, in Paraguay, with the right to visit sumptuous Argentine casinos where gambling is not prohibited.

Discover the main tourist attractions in Foz do Iguaçu:

Iguacu National Park

Photo of Iguaçu National Park, in Foz do Iguaçu, PR
Photo Credit: © Ricardo Junior Fotografias.com.br

The Iguaçu National Park is the city's main postcard. Its 275 falls are some of the greatest natural beauty on the planet. It was listed as a World Heritage Site and attracts many tourists throughout the year, especially in December and January, as its waters become even more impressive. There, there are viewpoints and panoramic walkways to make it easier for visitors to see the place.

If you go by land, the tour is done by bus to the 1200 meter long panoramic walkway and lush landscape. From there, visitors reach the viewpoints where, at first, butterflies and coatis share their attention with the Salto Floriano, which is the point where the waters reach the highest flow, even causing vertigo. In the second, the falls are revealed from wide-ranging angles.

In addition to the falls, the park is home to several species of birds and plants. There are toucans, parrots and macaws, fig trees, pine trees, ipe trees, orchids and bromeliads that add more colors to the landscape.

The park is limited to Argentina, where the other part, the other 67 thousand hectares, is located. There, the means of transport is the train that takes you to two places: the lower one, which is 1,700 meters long and has walkways that go along the falls to the water level, and the upper one, which is 650 meters long and has suspended bridges, revealing a view complete set of falls: the Devil's Throat, which is 90 meters high.

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Bird Park

Photo of Parque das Aves, in Foz do Iguaçu, PR – Photo Credit: © Ricardo Junior Fotografias.com.br

Photo of Parque das Aves, in Foz do Iguaçu, PR
Photo Credit: © Ricardo Junior Fotografias.com.br

Parque das Aves has around 900 animals, with 160 species from five continents and is divided into five nurseries, all integrated into the forest. Flying canaries and sages over people are very common, as they are allowed to enter some environments.

Natural habitats, such as those in the Amazon Rainforest and the Pantanal, were recreated and are home to emus, macaws, herons, toucans and parrots, as well as alligators, turtles and snakes.

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Itaipu Hydroelectric Plant

Photo of the Hydroelectric Plant, in Foz do Iguaçu, PR – Photo Credit: © Ricardo Junior Fotografias.com.br

Photo of the Hydroelectric Plant, in Foz do Iguaçu, PR
Photo Credit: © Ricardo Junior Fotografias.com.br

This is one of the main tourist attractions in Foz do Iguaçu. The hydroelectric plant is the largest in operation in the world and features a dam eight kilometers long and 167 meters high.

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Catamaran Tour on Lake Itaipu

This tour takes place from Tuesday to Sunday at sunset and departures are at 5 pm. It takes about two hours to sail on the double-decker boat equipped with a solarium and American bar. On full moon nights, there is a luau with dinner and live music. The annoying part is that the capacity is only for 200 people.

Helicopter tour

Photo of the Helicopter Tour, in Foz do Iguaçu, PR – Photo Credit: © Ricardo Junior Fotografias.com.br

Photo of the Helicopter Tour, in Foz do Iguaçu, PR
Photo Credit: © Ricardo Junior Fotografias.com.br

The tour only lasts ten minutes, but the scenery to be seen is worth it. From the top, the falls are much more evident and there is also the option of longer flights, lasting up to 35 minutes and flying over the Itaipu Plant, the Três Fronteiras Monument and the Center of Foz.

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Nautical Adventure

Similar to Macuco Safari, this activity is carried out on the Argentine side. The tour has more radical maneuvers and the boats can get closer to two falls. Visitors can opt for the Gran Aventura itinerary, where they will be entitled to a jeep tour through the forest from the park entrance to the boat embarkation point.

Luau of the Falls

On full moon nights, there is a tour on the Argentine side of the falls. Tourists board a train there and go to Garganta do Diabo station, which is very famous for the power and sound of the waterfalls. This wonder of nature can be enjoyed for an hour and includes a delicious dinner.

Macuco Safari

Using boats, visitors will be able to enjoy the falls from a different angle, from river level. This adventure begins in a jeep that travels three kilometers through the forest until reaching the trail that leads to the boats. With another 600 meters of walking between birds, waterfall (Salto de Macuco) and plants in the region, just take the boat and prepare to get wet. Tip: if it's summer, the ideal is to wear a swimsuit, but if not, take a raincoat.

Casinos

For those who like it, the casinos are open there. Risking your luck in the region's casinos is an excellent nighttime program that Foz do Iguaçu offers. There are hundreds of slot machines that attract all dealers.