3 places you must see in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
by Giovana Christ
Foz do Iguaçu is a city like no other in the whole world. First of all, it’s located in a triple border, being the Brazilian currency with Argentina and Paraguay – and making it possible to visit three different countries in a single night. In the second place, it is home to the Iguaçu National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage, because it harbours the largest expanse of Atlantic Forest remaining in the world. In this amazing place, you will find a border’s typical cultural diversity, an extremely humid and hot climate and many leisure options in nature, with levels of adventure for all tastes. In this article, we will show you three must do’s in this unique place, so you can be sure you’re not leaving anything important behind.
The unbelievable Cataratas do Iguaçu
Inside the National Park, after a magical walk through the woods (you can choose an adventurous trail with a guide or the sidewalk trail, which also has a strong contact with nature), there is a big treasure: the set of about 275 waterfalls on the Iguaçu River. With a breathtaking view along the whole walkway that takes us over the river, we can feel more closely the waters that fall from the top, run in the river and spread through the air – prepare to get soaked! You will contemplate the beauty and different feeling of being in the middle of such a powerful place. Natural Heritage of Humanity and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, the Cataratas do Iguaçu are definitely a must-see of every traveller on this earth.
I have done this tour a few times already and I keep repeating because at all times I am out of breath with the beauty in Brazilian fauna and flora. It’s important to say the climate It’s very hot and you’ll probably get plenty of sunshine, so do not forget the sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water. But if you want to avoid the extreme jungle experience, the milder weather season is between April and September. If you prefer not to get wet, you better use a raincoat – still, I do not think you can hide from the humidity. Actually, it’s very nice to be all wet because of the heat: dress in appropriate clothing so will be comfortable to live this experience! Children and the elderly can go also, as we have already proven in my family. You can buy tickets through the site or at the park entrance, then a bus will take you to the common trail and you can prepare for an intense moment of renewal amid the wild nature!
Also, if you want something more, you can buy a special ticket, the “Passaporte Maravilha” (wonderful passport, in English), which includes the entrance to the Iguaçu Falls, a panoramic tour in Itaipu (the famous binational hydroelectric power plant) and 3 Borders Landmark Entry. I would recommend it for a full tour, but know you will be very tired at the end of the day. Know also it will be worth it!
Parque das Aves (the Bird Park)
Constituted within a portion of restored Atlantic Forest, the Bird Park is visited by more than 800 thousand people annually. I believe that the greatest prestige its the conservation work they develop: the Bird Park it’s not a bird zoo – but rather an environment that provides as close as possible to a natural habitat for birds that were in the process of extinction or that were rescued from situations of risk and exploitation. The initial concern is with the welfare of the animals, and that is praiseworthy, as the park does not become an exploratory tourist environment.
The park is deeply involved with research and preservation, and also aims to educate tourists about the species, the way everything unfolds in the park and the importance of environmental preservation. Tickets are available on the website and you can choose from three attractions. The first is the visit to the bird park, where you will find exotic birds in immersion environments, among other species, and you can have a moment of rare communion with nature. The second is the backstage visitation, where it is possible to follow the process of maintenance and care with the birds more closely. The third is a differential: a host night with a Guarani tribe, accompanied by a hostess. This tour aims to strengthen the Guarani culture and raise money for the maintenance of the village and is available in English and Portuguese. In any case, this park is simply magical.
Marco das Três Fronteiras (Three Borders Milestone)
The place that unites three countries and has a giant historical weight could not be left out of this top 3. This milestone is a place full of attractions: regional gastronomy, immersion in a technological reality, cultural shows, a scenic village of the Jesuit missions, and all of this filled with lessons about the region’s past.
We can have a spectacular view of the three borders, the Parana River that divides the countries, and also enjoy the sunset that, due to the spectacular scenery, has become famous among the locals. The landmark has a unique beauty for gathering leisure for all tastes and types of travellers. Plus, it’s a great historical tour that adds value to any trip! Definitely not to miss out on visiting this place – and get ready to take gorgeous pictures.
A destination that will not fail to surprise
Foz do Iguaçu has many other attractions, but I consider fulfilled the mission of knowing the cultural diversity and the natural exuberance of the place with these items listed. After all, the trip has to reveal the best of the destination, does not it? Pack your bags in light clothes, hiking shoes and a camera to record all the beauty – yet the photos can never be compared to what your eyes will see.