People who come to Foz do Iguaçu look for two special points: Iguaçu Falls, of course, and the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant (don’t you know? The world’s largest generator of renewable and clean energy? No yet? I give up!). However, there are many other interesting points to know in the city, as Bird’s Park, Triple Frontier Mark, Budism Temple, The Mosque, and others.

First, let me tell something about Foz do Iguaçu. It is located 650 km west of Curitiba, Paraná’s capital city, in a region of triple frontier between Brazil, Paraguai and Argentina. Second brazilian tourist point more visited by foreigner tourist (the first is Rio de Janeiro), Foz do Iguaçu has an excelent infrastructure to visitors: 156 inns and 126 restaurants.

The city’s center is divided by four important avenues. The main one is Av. Juscelino Kubitschek (where you take the buses to Iguaçu Falls and Itaipu). The tree others avenues are: Av. Paraná (where the main mall is located), Av. José Schimmelpfeng (where are located some pubs), and Av. República Argentina. Another important is Avenue of Cataratas, the way to Iguazu Falls (brazilian and argetinan sides).

Ok, now, about the touristic attration:

– Oficial website Destino do Mundo (about turism): http://www.fozdoiguacudestinodomundo.com.br/indexHP.html

– More information about the city and touristic points: http://www.h2foz.com.br/english/ (the left column)

Iguaçu National Park – Iguazu Falls

Declared by Unesco an World Heritage Site, in 1986, the Iguaçu National Park is the Brazil’s second oldest national park. It covers an area of 185,000 hectares in brazilian side and 67,000 hectares in Argentina. In this Park are the wonderfull Iguaçu Falls. There are 275 cascates, inclusive the largest one caller the Devil’s Throat. You have two options: the brazilian side and the argentinan side. Which one is the best? Well, you need to try the two sides and choose for yourself.

Business hours: mondays to sundays from 9AM to 5PM. In the summer, from 9AM to 6PM. Information and reservations: (005545) 3521-4400

PRICES. Admission tickets in Iguaçu National Park have differents prices.
– The full ticket cost R$ 37 (to people from other country).
– People from Mercosul (Brazil, Paraguai, Argentina and Uruguai) pay R$ 31.(in these two cases, children, between 2 and 11 years, pay R$ 6)
– Brazilian people pay R$ 22 (children and old persons pay R$ 6).
– People from the cities close to Foz do Iguaçu pay R$ 7 (children and old persons pay R$ 6). It’s necessary to show the adress comprovant.

Oficial website of the Park in brazilian side (wich maps and informations about tourists atration): http://www.cataratasdoiguacu.com.br/index_en.asp

TRANSPORT. The name of the bus is “Parque Nacional” (the cost of ticket is R$ 2,10), and you need to take it on one of these places (in portuguese):
– Terminal de Transporte Urbano (T.T.U.), Rua Tarobá, R. Rui Barbosa, Avenida Juscelino Kubitscheck, Av. Jorge Schimmelpfeng, Av. das Cataratas, BR 469, Aeroporto, BR 469, Parque Nacional(até o Portão)
– Back: Parque Nacional, BR 469, Aeroporto, BR 469, Av. das Cataratas, Av. das Cataratas, Av. Jorge Schimmelpfeng, Av. Juscelino Kubitscheck, Av. Republica Argentina, R. Taroba, T.T.U.
PS: Juscelino Kubitscheck and Jorge Schimmelpfeng are two of the more importants avenue in Foz do Iguaçu. It’s really easy to find this ones.

Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant

One of the seven wonders of the modern world, acoording to American Society of Civil Engineers, Itaipu is a hidroelectric power plant on Paraná River (one of the largest rivers in the world). Its owner? Brazil and Paraguai, exactly fifty-fifty. In the building of the dam, 40,000 people worked for nine years – the volume of concrete used in its construction would be enough to build 210 stadiums like Maracanã; the iron and the steel used would be enough to build 380 Eiffel towers.

– Oficial website about attractions, tours and prices (in portuguese): http://www.turismoitaipu.com.br/indexflash.php
– In Itaipu’s oficial website: http://www.itaipu.gov.br

PRICES. There are some diferents kind of tours in Itaipu (students pay half price). I recommend the special tour.
– Special tour: R$ 51

0800 645-4645 / fax (45) 3520-6398 / reservas@turismoitaipu.com.br

The special tour needs reservation to guarantee a vacancy! Also you can not get in wearing shorts and flip-flops! It is compulsory to wear jeans and sneakers!

The prices below are not updated:
– Panoramic tour: R$ 19
– Biological Sanctuary: R$ 18
– Dam Lighting R$ 12
– Astronomic Polo: R$ R$ 15
– Eco-museum: R$ 8

TRANSPORT. The bus name is “Itaipu”, but you can take the bus “Vila C”, too. This are the streets, in the town center, where you can take the buses:

– Av. Jorge Schimmelpfeng, Av. Juscelino Kubitscheck, Av. Rep. Argentina, Rua Taroba, TTU (ala 01, ala 02), Rua Taroba, Av. Rep. Argentina, Av. Juscelino Kubitschek, Av. Tancredo Neves.

– Time of the buses between Itaipu Binacional and Metropolitan Terminal (T.T.U.): http://www2.fozdoiguacu.pr.gov.br/Portal/VisualizaObj.aspx?IDObj=9850

Article written by Murilo Alves Pereira, the moderator of Foz do Iguaçu community in Couchsurfing.

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