Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
Attractions in Foz do Iguazu, Brazil: What to do and where to go
This important South America destination has gone to great lengths so that you can experience some of the most extraordinary attractions on the planet. Situated on the border dividing the city from Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Puerto Iguazu (Argentina), Foz do Iguazu is a stunning Brazilian city immersed in one of the most beautiful sites in the world. Recognized worldwide for Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, Foz do Iguazu offers a wide range of diverse attractions, mainly focused on the adventurous and eco-friendly tourist. Parks, jeep tours and even helicopter tours are among some of the area's most noteworthy attractions.
Cataratas do Iguazu (Iguazu Falls)
The falls are the main attraction in Foz do Iguazu. The waterfall system is more than 8,800 feet long, made up of 275 waterfalls with an average height of 197 feet. The tallest fall is Garganta do Diablo (Devil's Throat), at about 300 feet high.
The falls, which form a horseshoe shape, are divided between the Brazilian and Argentine territories. Most of the falls are situated on the Argentine side. However, the Brazilian side has a great advantage: it allows visitors to observe the falls straight on, offering much better panoramic views.
Parque Nacional do Iguazu (Iguazu National Park)
Iguazu National Park is a beautiful nature reserve that houses the falls along with an area called the Atlantic Forest, preserving an enormous diversity of flora and fauna. The park has been around for more than seventy years, and it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1986. Within the park, there are more than 250 butterfly species, 350 bird species and more than 50 mammal species.
The park offers a Visitors' Center, which holds a museum displaying the natural riches of the area along with a number of visitor services such as restaurants, ATM machines, gift shops, bathrooms and more.
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam
This lake was originally formed by the construction of the Usina Hidreletrica de Itaipu (The Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam), the second largest dam in the world, located on the Rio Parana (Parana River). This impressive structure's hydroelectric power plant has, on numerous occasions, been awarded the world record for generating the most electricity. Interesting boat tours are available, and the view from the lookout point is unforgettable. They also have a light and sound show at the dam that is well worth seeing. On some special occasions throughout the year, concerts and shows are held here.
An endless number of ecotourism activities can be enjoyed in Foz do Iguazu. Paths winding through the subtropical jungle are perfect for hiking or mountain biking, offering tours for visitors accompanied by experienced guides that will lead you into beautiful natural areas. There are also boat tours through the Rio Iguazu (Iguazu River), available with a previous reservation.
For the adventurous, the area has an endless amount of extreme activities, with all the available security mechanisms. You can experience rappelling, rafting, boating and even rock climbing. Enjoy canoeing or rafting as you approach Iguazu Falls from a completely different perspective. Hang from ancient trees, take amazing photos and bring out the adventurous explorer in you.
With a previous reservation, you can admire Iguazu Falls from an unforgettable and phenomenal viewpoint. This is by far the best way to truly appreciate the enormity of this amazing attraction. The tour will take you over the falls, and some take you all the way to the Itaipu hydroelectric dam.
Salto do Macuco (Macuco Waterfall)
This truly memorable tour is perfect for eco-adventure lovers. An open electric vehicle will transport you to Salto do Macuco, a 65-foot-high waterfall that forms a small lake. Next, board a raft that will take you along the Rio Iguazu through a canyon until you reach Salto dos Tres Mosqueteiros (Three Musketeers Waterfall). The tour brings you near Garganta do Diablo, the largest fall, situated right on the Brazil-Argentina border. It's recommended that you bring along a raincoat if you don't want to get soaked.
Zoologico Bosque Guarani (Guarani Forest Zoo)
The city zoo is a great example of environmental preservation. Situated in an area covering a little more than ten acres, it has twenty enclosures housing an impressive diversity of regional plants and wildlife. The zoo holds more than 600 animals of 49 species along with 1,000 types of native plants and trees.
Parque das Aves (Bird Park)
Parque das Aves is a beautiful area housing more than 180 regional bird species. The park is considered an ecological sanctuary, covering more than forty acres of the original forest. There's also an area that holds a wide variety of butterfly species, along with an area dedicated exclusively to reptiles.
This fascinating tour runs more than eleven miles though the National Park in an open electric vehicle. During the tour, which can last up to five hours, you'll be able to admire the amazing plants and wildlife residing in this unique area. It's the perfect opportunity for practicing your photography skills and experiencing nature up close.
Ensenada Rio Branco (Branco River Cove)
Ensenada Rio Branco is an area for rest and relaxation just under a mile from the falls. It's ideal for a fun day out with the family. Here, you'll find winding paths, grills, tables and chairs set up in a wooded area, highlighted by a stunning view of the Rio Iguazu.
Bourbon Iguazu Golf Club & Resort
After experiencing some tours and adventures, relax as you enjoy a game of golf at one of Brazil's most beautiful courses. This professional 18-hole golf course was designed by famous Chinese-American architect Tai-Ping Hwang, and it includes all kinds of services and facilities for leisure and recreational activities.
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