Iguacu Falls Brazil (Foz de Iguaçú
falls are one of the planet’s natural wonders. Thousands of
Brazilian and foreign tourists visit one of the main tourist attractions
on the country. However, there's much more to do on Foz. On Parque
Nacional do Iguaçu, where are the falls, there are exciting
sailings and hikes through the exuberant native forest. Visitor
can chose to see all of this from the top, on a helicopter flight.
One visit to Usina de Itaipu (Itaipu hydroelectric power station)
reveals the very large dimensions of its installations. On Parque
das Aves (Aves' Park), aviaries accommodate several kinds of different
springs. Foz do Iguaçu has an international golf field. There's
also the Ecomuseum, the zoo on Bosque Guarani (Guarani's Woods)
and Marco das Três Fronteiras, territorial division between
Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. At the Paraguayan city Ciudad del
Leste, boundary to Foz, it's possible to buy imported goods free
of charge till the values determined by Federal Revenue. For accommodation,
the city offers since sophisticated resorts to hotels with reasonable
DON’T MISS OUT
Formed on Iguaçu river, the Iguacu falls go down
an average height of 60 meters by an extension of 2700 meters. The
number of falls varies from 275 to 150, depending on the river's
outflow. The major part of the falls is located in Argentina, but
all its beauty can be admired on Brazilian side. Surrounded trails
by ostentatious subtropical forest of Parque Nacional do Iguaçu
(Iguaçu National Park) takes the visitor to runways and lookouts
to observe the falls. There’s a well-located lookout very
near to Garganta do Diabo.
Parque Nacional do Iguaçu (Iguaçu
Houses the falls, and UNESCO considers it Natural Patrimony of Humanity.
It preserves Atlantic Forest area with a very diversified fauna
and flora. About 350 birds springs live there, 250 butterflies and
50 mammals, and some of them are threatened by extinction, such
as jaguar and peito-roxo kite. The visitor can exploit the park
with hikes through the forest, kayak and boat sailings. There are
places ideal for rafting, rappel and arvorismo. There's a complete
infrastructure to host visitors, such as internal transportation
and snack bars, besides a traditional resort. From the other side
of the sea, it's Parque Nacional del Iguazu, in Argentina, that
also offers good strolls.
On Parque Nacional, the visitor crosses trails in open vehicles
till a place he/she will board in an inflatable small boat. In an
exciting adventure, the visitor navigates by canion waters, arriving
very near to Garganta do Diabo. Helicopter Flight By the Parque
Nacional do Iguaçu area. It's the better way to see the incredible
dimensions of falls. Other option is to fly over Hidrelétrica
de Itaipu (Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Station).
Usina Hidrelétrica de Itaipu (Itaipu Hydroelectric
Worldwide record holding on electric energy generation, American
Society of Civil Engineer considered it one of the seven wonders
of the modern world. Result of Paraná river diking, the Lago
de Itaipu (Itaipu Lake) supplies the power station and encloses
15 towns. The hydroelectric pertains to Brazil and Paraguay. Visits
are guided and take tourists to know its external installations,
going through the barrage and lookout with a sight of the spillway
that forms an enormous water curtain.
The hotels on Foz do Iguaçu have establishments with different
categories. Resorts and big hotels are located at Rodovia das Cataratas
(Cataratas Road). In the city center there are other options with
more reasonable prices. There are restaurants with different specialties,
and branches from the main banks.
HOW TO GET THERE
Foz do Iguaçu is on Paraná’s extreme west, 640
Km far from Curitiba by the road BR - 277. There are buses from
the main capitals on the country. The airport has regular flights.