10 Things to Do in Foz do Iguacu That You Shouldn't Miss

November 6, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, endangered jaguars and clouds of butterflies are among the attractions at this World Heritage-designated park that marks the border between Brazil and Argentina. By foot or by raft, explorers can view one of the world's most stunning waterfalls, Iguazu Falls. Among the park's 270 waterfalls, spectacular Devil's Throat combines 14 falls and generates a "perpetual rainbow" in good weather.
Restaurants in Foz do Iguacu

1. Iguazu Falls

Rodovia BR 469 - Km18, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85855-750, Brazil +55 45 3521 4400
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5 based on 37 reviews

Iguazu Falls

The colossal power of these thundering falls, viewable from both Argentina and Brazil, and accessible from Paraguay, is a mesmerizing sight: 275 separate falls in a U-shaped formation pound the water below in raging cascades with a deafening intensity.

Reviewed By Suzan F - Dallas

We visited the Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side one day and the Argentinian side the next. Both were nice and provided views of the Falls, which are amazing. The Brazilian side has a mostly downhill path with a few exceptions. There is an elevator to take you back to the top. This side allows you to get close at the Devil’s Throat lookout. Prepare to get wet, especially if it has rained in recent days. To get close to the Falls from the Argentinian side you have to walk down a number of steps and then walk back up them.
The Falls are the widest expanse of Falls in the world, spanning about 1 1/2 miles.

2. Iguacu National Park

Rodovia Br-469 Km 1-8, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85853-830, Brazil +554535214406
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5 based on 13 reviews

Iguacu National Park

This massive forested park, with rare species of birds, pumas, tapirs, monkeys and other wildlife is best known for housing the world's largest and most extraordinary Waterfalls - the Iguacu Falls -that extend for miles.

Reviewed By CodaQ - Maastricht, The Netherlands

Compared to the park on the Argentinian side, this one is very small and offers a more partial view of the Iguaçu Waterfalls (just for a matter of boarders). Nevertheless, it’s well maintained and clean, the one route is paved and easy to walk on for everybody. There is quite a variety of food services and appliances and... the wonderful nature does the rest!

3. Parque das Aves

Rodovia das Cataratas, 12450 | Right in front of the Iguazu National Park, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85855-750, Brazil +55 45 3529-8282
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Parque das Aves

The Parque das Aves is an essential tour for visitors of Foz do Iguassu, located near the Cataratas do Iguassu, beside the Iguassu National Park. In the Parque das Aves you will experience a direct contact with more than 1320 birds from about 143 different species. There are 16.5 hectares of lush Atlantic Rainforest maintained to provide the best habitat for our animals. This is a tour like no other. It is an unique and unforgettable experience in which you will find amazing birds. Enter our immersion aviaries to feel the beat of wings from vibrant macaws and look into the eyes of a toucan. There is plenty to feel and enjoy - beauty is everywhere and that is what motivates us every day to work for the preservation of our fauna and flora. We take into our care birds that are no longer in condition to continue living in nature and keep them in an environment where they can live happily. You are an essential part of this project. All you need to do to help preserve it is to enter into the experience with all your senses.

Reviewed By John W - United Kingdom

This was better than we'd expected, largely due to the arrangement of the Park over a large area and giving direct access to a wonderful array of largely indigenous to South America birds.Thank you so much for visiting Parque das Aves, John! We really appreciate your visit and support. Looking forward to see you again in the Park! You will always be welcome. Best regards and see you soon!

4. Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam

Avenida Tancredo Neves 6702 | Visitors' Reception Center, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85856-970, Brazil +55 45 3576-7000
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam

Largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, Itaipu is the current world record holder in power generation and is considered one of the 7 wonders of modern engineering. Built on the Parana River, the seventh largest river in the world, between Brazil and Paraguay, it is 8 km wide, has a maximum height of 196 m and a lake of 1350 km². Itaipu enchants not only for the dimensions and technical aspects, but also for being a vanguard in sustainability and tourism, with several options of visits, from the classic Panoramic Tour and the award-winning Special Tour, that leads to the interior of the plant, to boat trips on the lake and night tours of the plant. Visiting Itaipu is to know, closely, what human capacity can accomplish.

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The itaipu hydroelectric dam is Large, and generates 80% of paraguay's energy use and 30-35% of brazil's. Bus tours take you along the dam, for nice panoramic pictures. You also see the lake, and hear some background about the construction. One can add a catamaran trip over the lake. I heard you can also book a technical tour, in which you also go inside the dam. Shorts should extend over the knees for that. Besides the dam, there is some nature. In particular, some caipibaras can be seen.

5. Garganta do Diabo

Rodovia Br-469 Km 18, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85855-750, Brazil 45-3521-4400
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Garganta do Diabo

Reviewed By TravelingCat22 - Tucson, Arizona

From the BR side you kind of see it, from the ARG side you feel it! Under your feet practically. I would have done it after the Circuito Inferior if I had known the topography. If there is too much queue at the train, you can walk along, it is not too long (maybe a km? max a mile).

6. Iguacu River

Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana, Brazil
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4.5 based on 929 reviews

Iguacu River

This Brazilian river’s claim to fame is the famous Iguacu Falls – the 275 separate sheets of raging water that plunge into it with incredible intensity.

Reviewed By johnclewes2016 - London, United Kingdom

The river is the lifeblood of the region, and so the development that has taken place would not have happened but for the river, so you really can't get away from the river; and it forms the international border too.

7. Ipora

Avenida das Cataratas 1749, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85853-900, Brazil +55 (45) 3523 1177
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4.5 based on 358 reviews

Ipora

Reviewed By Theresa C - Los Angeles, California

I was on the fence about going to the Ipora show. I love live Performances but from some of the other reviews I'd read it sounded like it might be a little touristy. I was really pleased with the production quality of the show and thought it was an amazing way to spend the evening! I'm definitely glad that my boyfriend and I decided to go.
We went on a Tuesday night and it was not packed. We were seated in the back but somewhat close to the stage and had a great view. We arrive an hour before showtime for dinner, which is what I would advise—it's nice to sit down and eat before the crowds get there (tour buses arrive around 45 minutes prior to showtime). We were offered wine, shots, and caipirinhas, and our plates were promptly bussed when we finished. I'm a vegetarian and while I didn't have as many options as I would have liked, it had what I expected for a buffet dinner.
The show was also really fun! It's done in Portuguese, but it doesn't really matter since it's mostly dancing and song. The costumes are wonderful, and the dancers were all really talented as well. I found it to be a nice mix of different dancing and culture that I wouldn't have been able to find anywhere else.
Is it something that is touristy? Yes, a little, but there were still plenty of Brazilians there in the crowd, too. Seeing a show is always a somewhat glamorous and fun way to spend an evening, and this definitely hit the spot.

8. Bela Vista Ecological Refuge

Av. Tancredo Neves, 6702 | Itaipu, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana, Brazil 0800 645-4645
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4.5 based on 658 reviews

Bela Vista Ecological Refuge

Daily (except Tue) 08.30am-3.30pm (booking needed)

Reviewed By BVD725 - East Flanders Province, Belgium

We had an amazing time with our very good English guide "Diego". He made the tour very interesting and had a lot of stories to tell. He spoke excellent English and had a great sense of humor! Everytging was very well organised and there was always someone there to help.

9. Lake Itaipu

Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana, Brazil 45-3576-7000
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Lake Itaipu

This huge artificial lake, which resulted from the construction of the Itaipu Dam, provides a lovely setting for relaxing or fishing.

Reviewed By ThiSardenberg - Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Going on a boat on the lake is quite relaxing - it is absolutely huge and, at some points, you can barely see the borders, which makes it look like a wonderful mirror of the sky. You've probably been to places like this-- but it doesn't make it any less wonderful.

10. Buddhist Temple

Rua Dr. Josivalter Vila Nova, 99, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85867-504, Brazil +55 45 3524-5566
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Buddhist Temple

Reviewed By UrbanDrifter - Melbourne

Wasn’t going to come here as my battery was flat and not able to take photos. But that’s not a reason not to come.
This place has the energy and peace I was looking for. It oozed charm and the silence was refreshing.
Staff were helpful and I sat for over an hour and just soaked up my surroundings.
Only touristy thing to buy is incense.
Wheelchair friendly. Kid friendly.

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