Foz de Iguacu Travel Guide
Foz de Iguacu Attractions
Parque Nacional do Iguacu This spectacular attraction boasts 275 separate waterfalls with an average drop of about 60m each. The falls are located in a narrow gorge and can be viewed by taking the pathway from the visitor centre. A highlight of the trail is the elevated walkway that leads out in front of the falls and provides breathtaking views. Admission is around $18; the park is open from 8am to 6pm.
Itaipu Dam Located just 10km upriver from the Foz do Iguacu, this is the largest hydroelectric project on the planet. It produces nearly one quarter of Brazil's power requirements at over 90 billion kilowatt-hours a year. A guided tour is provided which takes visitors inside the dam to see the enormous turbines in action. The dam is open to the public Monday through Saturday with guided tours on the hour from 8am to 4pm with a break at lunchtime.
Macuco Boat Safari This boat trip is not for the fainthearted as it is an adrenaline rush of note. The 25-foot zodiacs take visitors up river and into the gorge and advance slowly towards one of the smaller although no less impressive waterfalls. The mist is very thick and the roar of the falls is breathtaking, it is advised you take a raincoat. The entire trip lasts an hour and costs $20 per person. The trips run every day from Monday afternoon to Sunday from 8am to 5.30pm.
Rafain churrascaria This is a typical Brazilian Churrascaria however they offer nightly dinner shows which have a broad range of acts from throughout South America. You can experience dancing from Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and many more. For people visiting from North America this show is definitely worth the money. It is around $20 per person and is all you can eat. This price includes dinner and the show however drinks are not included. There restaurant is located on Avenida das Cataratas. Make sure to make reservations if you don't want to end up in the back room.
Telephone: +55 (045) 523-1177
submitted by Kristin, 27/11/05
Foz de Iguacu Shopping
The Tres Fronteiras is the best place to come for souvenirs and local products from all over Brazil. The prices are reasonable and there is something for everyone. The address is BR 469 Rodovia das Cataratas.
Foz de Iguacu Parks & Gardens
Escalada Rappel and Climbing Park Located on the gorge opposite the Tropical Hotel, this facility features a gangway from which participants can abseil down the rock face to the edge of the river. The option is then to rock climb back up or take the stairs.
Foz de Iguacu Restaurants and Bars
The south of Brazil is famous for its churrasco, which is the South American version of barbeque. At a traditional churrascaria restaurant, you are served from a meter long skewer containing a countless variety of barbequed meat by a battery of waiters until you surrender.
The famous Brazilian cocktail caipirinhas is a blend of cachaca, crushed limes, sugar and ice and is perfect for hot summer evenings.
Foz de Iguacu Restaurants
Bufalo Branco Churrascaria This is one of the best places to enjoy churrasco or grilled meat. The menu includes an assortment of grilled meat specialties as well as fish, salads and deserts. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner at Rua Engeneiro Reboucas 530.
Clube Maringa This seafood restaurant is located at Rua Dourado 111 and features an all you can eat seafood buffet for about $10. There is a regular menu as well and includes the legendary piranha of the Amazon. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Mondays to Saturdays.
Zaragoza This restaurant offers a great alternative to the ever-present steak restaurants to be found at almost every corner. The menu here features international cuisine with a strong Spanish influence such as prawns, paella, lobster and more. Prices are quite reasonable; the address is Rua Quintino Bocaiuva 882. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Foz de Iguacu Bars & Clubs
Cachacaria Santos Dumont This elegant bar is really popular and features live music most evenings. The place only closes when everyone has left and is well known for its cachacas and good atmosphere. The address is Rua Santos Dumont 1228.
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